Writing as a Way of Healing

By Greg Dean
Updated 2024-03-28 17:35:53 | Published 2021-12-14 01:35:15
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When the symptoms of schizophrenia began to manifest, my brain became incredibly active. At first, this hyperactivity was intermittent, but eventually, it became constant, disrupting my ability to sleep. My mind was overrun with racing thoughts, and as a result, I couldn't sleep or eat, leading me to experience a complete psychological breakdown. In an attempt to gain control over the overwhelming thoughts, I started writing down my memories. However, these initial writings were disjointed and incoherent, often repeating the same memories due to their profound impact on me.

As my schizophrenia resurfaced, I diligently typed out everything I heard, thought, and said, hoping to capture the essence of my experience and observe schizophrenia in action. Interestingly, when I eventually read these accounts while symptom-free, I was taken aback by the clarity and coherence of my thoughts at the time, despite finding them confusing in the present. It allowed me to question my own trust and confidence in my thoughts during the influence of schizophrenia. For instance, I was certain someone was communicating with me, even if they were invisible.

Unconsciously recognizing the therapeutic benefits of journaling, I continued to write and rewrite my experiences, gradually gaining a deeper understanding of my brain disease. Similar to solving a puzzle, I discovered how significant life events converged to trigger this mental condition that lay dormant in my genes. I also realized that, despite taking medication, I was not entirely well-equipped to differentiate between schizophrenic thoughts and normal, everyday thinking.

Through writing, along with the support of medical professionals, friends, and family, I began to comprehend my journey with schizophrenia. It allowed me to articulate and make sense of what had happened to me and where I had been. This understanding became crucial for me. Additionally, writing helped me learn more about the impact of stress and how to identify triggers. Most importantly, it helped me release the pain and confusion that had lingered since a decade ago, enabling me to slowly but surely move forward with my life.

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