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I have schizoaffective and lots of times I get physical weakness, incoordination, and confusion when stressed even by small things like not figuring out payment at a store etc. Bigger stressors really wear me out and make me incapacitated. It seems to be getting worse as I get older (am 37 now) Does this happen to anyone else and is it common with my disorder?
 
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i get something similar yes. i think years of genuine/severe psychosis & breakdowns & everything that goes with it all takes it's toll. It does severely effect overall functioning & has lasting consequences. i went through around 8 years of being in florid psychosis during 7 major episodes & through 4 hospitalisations. After the last major breakdown 10 years ago i have felt very done in a lot of the time. It's probably due to a combination of factors.

Have adapted my life, as far as possible, to be as stress free as possible, Neuroleptic (anti-psychotic) medication/treatments i think also has a lot to answer for.
 
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That was my thoughts too. Our brains are scared by all the trauma of each episode. My quest currently is to eliminate as much stress as possible and try to relax for once in my life. Thanks for the reply
 
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oops, meant scarred not scared
 
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I would add relaxation is not the perfect answer in itself. I've been very relaxed the last two years, barring a few minor periods where I tried to reduce meds, and have put on a lot of weight and not got very much done.

The last two weeks I've taken up brain training apps in a big way, and have felt a lot more focussed and energised and together. It's like that bit of focussed exercise of the mind has motivated the rest of me to be more organised and in shape. Would recommend it to people with mental health issues.

Just saying that being super relaxed and doing very little can also be a pitfall.
 
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That makes sense. exercise can be a form of relaxing for me too. Just have to push myself to do it.
 
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I think anxiety is huge for anyone experiencing MH regardless of the type of MH issue you have, I have found negative stress on the body from anxiety can be very dibilitating and frustrating. CBT might be beneficial to help you alleviate some of the physical symptoms your experiencing Detoured.
 
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