work and schizophrenia / schizoaffective
Posted 20 January 2012 - 01:30 AM
Meds: Saphris (20 mg) Effexor ER (75 mg) Ambien (10 mg)
Posted 20 January 2012 - 01:47 AM
Posted 20 January 2012 - 02:09 AM
I think i have the right combo of meds and i go to therapy.
You get used to it after a little while.
I hope one day you can rejoin the work force.
Current Diagnosis - Schizoaffective Disorder (depression type), Social anxiety disorder
Past Medication- Effexor, Prozac, Diazepam, Mogodon, Temazepam, Sodium Valporate, Zyprexa, Ativan, Edronax, Lithium carbonate, clonazepam, , lamictal, Zeldox, Seroquel, Thorazine, Abilify, lamictal, Imovane, Lexapro
Current Medication -clozapine (400mg), Amisulpride (800mg), Clopixal (10mg), Clomipramine (100mg), xanax (1-4mg prn), Provigil (300mg) Lots of vitamins and minerals.
I also have had acuphase 3 times, have had many a ECT and have been through Depot injections.
Feel free to PM me.
Posted 20 January 2012 - 02:28 AM
Posted 20 January 2012 - 03:04 AM
Currently, I'm on a part-time contract to write for a website, and I'm able to work from home.
Posted 20 January 2012 - 03:12 AM
Schizoaffective Disorder (Bipolar type), Complex - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder , Anxiety Disorder NOS
Lithium 1000mg , (Abilify) Aripiprazole 20mg, (Zyprexa) Olanazpaine 5mg PRN
“When you are mad, mad like this, you don't know it. Reality is what you see. When what you see shifts, departing from anyone else's reality, it's still reality to you.”
― Marya Honrnbacher
Posted 20 January 2012 - 05:54 AM
Dx: Schizoaffective Bipolar Type
Current Meds: Abilify 30mg, Cymbalta 120mg, Remeron 60mg, Klonopin 1mg 3xday, Risperdal 1.25mg
Previous Meds: Geodon, Pristiq, celexa, lithium, Seroquel, lexepro, luvox, zoloft, prozac, buspar, Saphris, etc.
Posted 20 January 2012 - 06:09 AM
Posted 20 January 2012 - 05:18 PM
My plan now, that I am on meds and getting treatment, is to take it slowly. I know I cannot just get a job (and I have enough anxiety about the interviews, how can I hide any symptoms etc.) right now. The stress would just be too much for me. And I can accept that at this time work is not an option. I am studying part time (one night a week) and that is about all I can handle right now. Over the next few years (I've got to do 3 more years after this one before I qualify, but when I do them is dependent on my health) my study time will increase, but it is a course requirement that I get therapy alongside the studying (I'm training to be a tdoc) which I believe will help me to cope.
Perhaps I could get a part time job later on if I have to, in a non-social environment (I cope best in small groups, 2 or 3 people at once). Or I could wait until I qualify and work one-to-one with clients, still part time to start with and possibly progressing to full time later. But it all depends on my health. I know I need stability to work in this field, and also to recognise when I am going completely batshit and take time off. Both of these need a lot more work from me, but are hopefully achievable goals in the future.
History = depression (remission since April 2009), SI (remission since April 2009), alcohol abuse (remission since March 2007)
Past false dx = BPD (only symptom I had was SI), schizophrenia (I was very sleep deprived at the time)
Also have diabetes and pain issues (undiagnosed) and hayfever (April - June)
Current meds = Seroquel 800mg XR (as 400 in the morning and 400 in the night)
Also on insulin and Microgynon
I am not deluded, I just don't agree with your reality!
Posted 20 January 2012 - 09:48 PM
I'm presently working on finishing my Bachelors degree (6 more classes to go) and hope to get a civil service job soon and join the workforce. It would feel really good to have a job that I can handle and be off of disability benefits.
Previous meds: Too many to list, all of the AAP's except any that have come out in the US in the last 2 years.
Posted 20 January 2012 - 10:23 PM
I have a job right now as a graduate assistant. I have had a lot of support and have confided in one or two of my professors about my mental illness. I am told that if I have to be hospitalized I will be able to make up the work or take a semester off without losing my scholarship, depending on the length of the hospitalization. This semester I have a job where I do maintenance and also do things like grade papers, in addition to being in a classroom twice a week helping an actual professor. I will eventually teach my own class, next semester. I am pretty nervous about the responsibility and especially the level of social interaction and having to speak every day in front of a group. But at least it is not difficult to manage a classroom of college students, at least compared to k-12 students (I KNOW I could not do that!). This degree program is pretty challenging for me and I keep having thoughts of dropping out, that it is too hard. Even though my grades have been good I keep thinking that the quality of my work is not up to snuff. I often have trouble getting out of bed in the morning and cannot stay up late working like I used to (or for that matter, even skip meals.) I am really afraid that I will fail or bomb out. If I think about it too much I can get really worked up. I have to just take everything a day at a time.
Edited by koakua, 20 January 2012 - 10:46 PM.
RX:, Latuda 40mg, Lexapro 10 mg, Wellbutrin 300 mg,
Previous RX: Zyprexa, Abilify, Prozac, Ativan, Risperdal
"Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them." -- Henry David Thoreau
Posted 21 January 2012 - 10:36 AM
I have a job but I haven't worked in a few weeks, I had a bad spell around the beginning of december, paranoid and such, then was with family over a break, and then when I got back we had flooding and the road is washed out...still getting over my bad times too, so I may not work until next week (I hope)
I am very lucky to work in a field that allows for madness and for and with people who are understanding and supportive. I work part time right now.
I take prozac 40mg, Wellbutrin, and seroquel 400mg a day; and ambien or temazepam at night.
I'm an artist for a living. you can visit ***my art blog*** that's how I pay the rent.
Posted 21 January 2012 - 02:38 PM
Edited by JellyBean, 21 January 2012 - 02:38 PM.
Posted 21 January 2012 - 09:12 PM
Rx: Risperidone. 2 mg
Posted 23 January 2012 - 12:42 PM
RX: Depakote (1500mg) Clonazepam (1mg) Perphenazine (48mg) Ritalin (20mg)
Posted 23 January 2012 - 01:02 PM
Posted 12 April 2014 - 11:27 PM
I have schizoaffective bipolar type. I'm a strange case. I started experiencing symptoms when I was 13, when my father started the sexual abuse. From that point on, the symptoms became worse and worse as I wasn't allowed to seek treatment because he didn't want to be found out for what he was doing to me. By the time I was 23, I was finally noticed at work where he and I shared an office and they said I had to get treatment or I would be fired. My Dad allowed this if I reported every word exactly to him after every appointment with the counselor. He told me what to say and what not to say and I obeyed because I was so very brainwashed by him and also an easy target for his brainwashing because of my condition.
But I'm getting off the blog subject, sorry. I have worked for 1 to 3 years at a time since I was 17 (always with my Dad). But since my Dad died, I have a very hard time coping because he basically told me what to think all my life and I don't know how to think clearly on my own. Now with him passed on, I can't hold a job down for more than 3 weeks at best. I am coming to grips to the fact that he is the reason the world scares me constantly and it shouldn't scare me like this. I've been on SSDI for 10 years (since he died) and I have tried to work, but my fears are so very great I can't stay sane for very long. Because I am such an easy target for abusive co-workers, I crumble every time. It seems to be always the case that the office bully smells my fear and it is always more than even a sane person can take, let alone a schizo. I have been wrongfully fired 3 times for showing symptom because of such abuse and at this point, I would rather die than go back to the intense bullying I always attract to myself. Working again is my worst fear and just thinking about the abuse co-workers cause me drives me completely insane.
My counselor tells me I will be on SSDI for the rest of my life, but I constantly worry he's lying. I'm so scared, I can't even cry anymore.
Please, anyone who is raising children, don't home-school them, please. Being home-schooled is why I had no help when my Dad did that to me for 29 years. I'm now a 40 year old with the fear of a 2 year old, uneducated and insane with no hope for a normal life, ever. Self-defense against high school bullying is something I don't know. I fall apart with things that a 12 year old knows how to handle. I know being schizo doesn't help, but my strange life adds to the problem quite a bit.
Posted 15 April 2014 - 08:45 PM
i am on ssi and don't work or go to school. i don't get stir-crazy either. its embarrassing i sit on the couch in the same position from the time i wake up till i go to bed, but im never bored or bothered. i do want to go to work or school one day though because i am embarrassed of myself. i don't really know how it will go, but i want very badly to successfully do school or work. it all comes in waves, sometimes im fine then it gets bad for months and months. i dont know what i woud do if i was working and had a relapse. im hoping i never haave one again.
Posted 18 April 2014 - 04:46 PM