I’m Learning How to Manage Symptoms and Prevent Flares

By Mario Duncun
Updated 2024-03-29 16:40:33 | Published 2021-01-28 23:44:45
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    • Our Schizophrenia section in the iMedix Blog provides a comprehensive look at this complex mental health condition. It covers aspects such as symptoms, treatment approaches, and support strategies, offering a valuable resource for individuals with schizophrenia, their loved ones, and healthcare professionals.

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One unexpectedly stressful week, after three years of managing my schizophrenia with medication and awareness, the voices returned. This brought me back to an isolated world that only I could understand. I reached out to my friends, trying to explain what was happening to me. They had been learning about schizophrenia alongside me and immediately recognized that I was having a flare-up. They discussed amongst themselves what they should do and whether I was taking my medication. They even considered calling my doctor.

Before this flare-up, during my first episode, I didn't know what I was experiencing and couldn't handle it. I believed the voices were real and had a presence of their own. This episode lasted for several months, with me being catatonic. It was only after my second major psychotic episode and a stay in the hospital that I finally understood my condition.

During my most recent flare-up, a friend spoke to me directly and asked me to explain my thoughts and actions. Through my stumbling explanation, he saw that it was schizophrenia. After three days of constant talking, he gently suggested that I contact my doctor. My doctor adjusted my medication dosage, and I have been voice-free ever since.

I'm still learning about this brain disease and how to manage its symptoms and episodes. It takes time to internalize schizophrenia as a condition. I know I may not always be in control when the voices return, but I now ask for help more quickly. I also take preventive measures to avoid triggers, such as consistently taking my medication, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and managing my stress levels. My friends are always there to support me and help me out when I need it. Having a strong support network of friends, family, psychiatrist, and therapist is invaluable.

I am grateful for every healthy day I have lived for the past ten years and I hope for many more to come.

Mario Duncun is verified user for iMedix

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