I’ve been dealing with schizophrenia for 30 plus years. I’m now 54 and I was diagnosed with schizophrenia at 24. I was forced into a mental rehab hospital against my will because I didn’t recognize that I wasn’t doing well. Apparently this is fairly common with people diagnosed with schizophrenia. Anyway, I started off on a drug called Haldol. This neutralized my symptoms but it also made me very lethargic so I put on a lot of weight.
Again, fairly common. My life up to about 21 was fairly ideal. I have loving parents and two awesome brothers who have been very supportive. I was a good student and athlete in high school.
I went to the University of California San Diego after high school. But this is when my concentration and general mental health began to deteriorate. I transferred to San Diego State University and again had not much academic success. This is when my mom began to suspect that I had a mental illness.
I refused to see a doctor for a couple of years until I was forced to go to Grossmont Hospital mental rehab. When I say forced I mean forced to go as in tied to a gurney and taken to the hospital. Of course this was tough on my psyche but looking back on it now it was the right move by my parents.
To sum my experience up with mental illness the last 30 years have had a couple of set backs but all in all I’ve made gradual progress in dealing with schizophrenia by learning about triggers and distorted thoughts at my local mental health clinic called East County Mental Health. Of course I’ve learned much more from them including taking Abilify and good ways to deal with schizophrenia.