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I was originally diagnosed bipolar and I started going to a bp support group (DBSA). There are people there that have had psychosis, but sometimes I feel out of place. Like I have to explain what delusions are and I get told that everyone feels like people are looking at you. I don't think they understand that I think there are cameras set up in my house and that I am getting messages from the media. (I haven't had these thoughts in awhile, but I don't know what to believe happened in the past). I also don't want to go into detail about my thoughts. I would like it if I didn't have to explain.

I think I would feel more in place in a schizophrenia group (I'm schizoaffective). Do you know where I would go?

I don't know if it's just the group. They say things like "fake it till you make it", a lot which I guess sounds okay, but it's simplistic and doesn't leave room for limitations. But, if nothing else it forces me to get out of the house and socialize, but I don't think I get much from the advice. Maybe, I've just been going long enough that I know what they are going to say.

I had problems with my daughter pushing me away. She's bp and I have issues having a MI and raising a bp child. They just gave me simplistic advice about spending more time with her when she didn't want to be in the same room with me. It took awhile in therapy and having scheduled play times before she would agree to spend some time with me, but I couldn't force it on her.

I love these boards. I can usually find someone that can relate.

Does anyone go to in-person support groups? Where do you go?

ETA:

I contacted my local NAMI office. They recommended a group that is a mix of patients. She said on any night there are 2-5 people with sza. It's a little further than I wanted to travel, but I'll try it out.

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I have had a very similar experience as you. I went to a DBSA support group a few times as a I was originally DXed Bipolar II but I just didn't fit in at the DBSA meetings. I too am looking for a SZ support group in my area.

You might try this website. Schizophrenics Anonymous They have support group meetings in my city but at a time that is inconvenient for me. Maybe during the summer I'll be able to attend a meeting or two.

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For people in the UK there's a group called Changes which is for anyone with mental health issues, they have meetings in North Staffordshire, Northumberland and Bristol. I go to the youth meetings and find it really helpful. They do things like focusing on facts vs. feelings and empowerment so you are in control rather than allowing your illness to control you. They also have courses for things like getting back into work. I find it helpful and it's good for socialising too.

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