reply to post by tamusan
I'm not a schizophrenic, but I am currently involved with a local outreach system designed to provide support to the mentally ill, I am in regular
contact with many.
My mum is a paranoid schizophrenic, re-diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder some 20 years after the initial diagnoses, she works in a high stress,
demanding office job, periodically taking heavy sedation tablets when it becomes hard for her to sleep, as in her case, lack of sleep causes the onset
of manic episodes resulting in a crash in which she begins to experience positive symptoms resulting in hospitalisation. She earns around $50,000 a
One of my contacts in the outreach system is also on the schizoaffective spectrum, he does not work or have any responsibilities in his life. He
barely receives enough money to live on, helping him make informed choices about how to spend his money is something I have to do, as well as keeping
him active and out of the house. He experiences negative symptoms constantly, and extreme pandering is required to keep him awake for more than 4
hours a day.
Mental illness is different for everyone, the variations within schizophrenics are extreme on their own.
On a very very basic level, we can say this:
There are 2 scales to consider when looking at your get up and go advice. First, the severity of the mental illness. Second, the individual coping
ability of the individual.
If for example, a person with a level of 1/10 coping ability and 10/10 mental illness is told to get up and make something of his life, well, these
are the people who would have been lobotomised 60 years ago.
If a person with a 10/10 coping ability and 1/10 mental illness is told to get up and go, your advice might just work.
At the end of the day, if you take your illness and transpose it EXACTLY on to someone else, it might not affect them at all, or it might cause them
to kill themselves. If you take your coping ability and swap it for a higher one, you might be better off in life, if you replace it with a lower one,
you might be in the streets.
Illness is different for everybody, to say "shake it off" is an archaic piece of advice.