"There's hope for people suffering from mental illness. Even if you don't suffer, I want to help you to better understand the many mentally ill people you are likely to encounter as you go through life, and explain why you don't need to shun them. I want to demonstrate that in fact, friendship with the mentally ill can be a rewarding experience." -Michael David Crawford
Last Update: 8/31/2008
A Word About this Website
The aim of this website is to be an informational database, regarding the neurological illness known as Schizoaffective disorder often included as a subtype of schizophrenia in DSM I and DSM II. The information contained in this website is taken from sources, all of which can be found on any respectable college campus and in millions of books by licensed doctors. All sources are cited. Please do not take this website as an opportunity to self-diagnose. Most people exhibit a range of symptoms which fall in multiple categories and the only person who should decide the proper medical treatment is the combined forces of a licensed psychiatrist and licensed therapist. That does not mean you may not discuss the information you find. This website will also provide information on additional methods and other suggestions, with a dash of wisdom from experience.
There is no hidden agenda of this website political or religious and it is not run for profit of any nature. The ultimate goal is to provide free information on a subject that garners millions of dollars of profit and has a goal to erase stigma, and separate hypochondriacs and those searching for a quick fix from real sufferers.
Who Runs this Site?
My name is Rose and I was diagnosed with major depression at 14 which later led to a diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder at 19 after a third suicide attempt. After years of misery I decided to really grab the bull by the horns and take my life back in my hands. Today, I am a happy healthy student finishing my last year of college in the honors program. Albeit daily medications, routine therapy sessions and 6 week check-ins with my psychiatrist, I lead a fairly normal and joyous life full of creativity and joy. I credit my new rediscovered passion for life due first self-drive and then to to the wonderful individuals who aided in my psychiatric rehabilitation. As with any chronic illness, compliance with medication is important, especially since more than one medication is often prescribed and if I forget it, my life can spiral out of control. However, my recover did not merely require medicine, it involved an exhausting amount of redefining and learning new behaviors and methods with dealing with life's bumps. I want it to be remembered that for those who have this disease...
THERE IS NO QUICK FIX.
THERE IS NO MAGIC CURE.
If you are serious about getting help and leading your life, there's going to be nothing but at minimum of a year's worth of hard work on yourself. No one can do it for you. Recovery requires a combination of help from medical help and internal strength.
Just when the caterpillar thought it was all over, it became a butterfly...
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