I have paranoid schizophrenia. My first episode was almost a year ago. It was terrifying and the worst experience of my life. I was stressed out with school and wasn’t getting much sleep. One day I woke up and I was completely delusional. I was confused and I knew something wasn’t right with me. I could not figure out what was true from what wasn’t true. I thought there were cameras all over my apartment that were watching me and broadcasting everything I did on TV. I thought that everything I said was being recorded and would be used against me. I thought I was a threat to national security. I thought a lot of things were happening when they really weren’t. I was hospitalized for a week as the doctors tried to find a medication that would work for me. My diagnosis was a brief episode of psychosis. The medicine that worked for me treats schizophrenia.
Now almost a year later the medicine continues to work. I will be graduating college summa cum laude with high honors. I have lots of friends and I enjoy life. Schizophrenia is not the dreaded disease that it used to be. For me, it’s completely manageable as long as I take my medication. There is hope.
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