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I'm not sure if this is related to my sza, but, I'm constantly making social mistakes. It can sometimes be very hard for me to know exactly what's appropriate in a given situation. I try to remember, and I'm usually successful, but, sometimes I make fantastic mistakes. Like tonight, I outed a friend as a lesbian. I wasn't thinking about it, and I wasn't trying to be malicious. It's like my brain just didn't make the connection that there were people there who didn't know, so I shouldn't talk about others' private lives.

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I do the exact same thing, OUCH on yours though. I'm trying to learn to keep my mouth shut as a general proposition, but I also evaluate the value of what I am about to say, am I contributing to the conversation or just sharing (or oversharing)?. I hate to say this because I am a BIG free speech fan, but for people like us it's better to be safe than sorry. Best.

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Schizoaffective can bring along with it some social dysfunction, although I don't know if it's the schizoaffective that's playing a part with your issue. I find that sometimes it can be a mix of other factors that could play a part, like the level of socialisation you received as a kid, how aware of your surroundings you are, etc. Therapy for schizoaffective tends to also have a social focus to help with interpersonal difficulties, so it might not be a bad idea to go down the therapy path to sort your social issues out.

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When I am in the middle of an episode, I sometimes will go on for ages trying to convince everyone around me of whatever happens to be going on in my life at that point, unaware that I am talking crap. I can (and do) shut up about the paranoia, but not so much with the rest. This sucks and is not exactly the best social behaviour, but I often end up convincing myself that I need to spread the word to bring the unenlightened masses back to what I think is reality.

It can get to the point where those around me will either know about my psychosis or just accuse me of making stuff up, which is very frustrating. Overall it just makes me feel more alienated from my friends, and more like I cannot relate to people, which just makes me want to self isolate more.

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I would also be interesting in what sort of social skills training is available. Like others have said, I tend to ramble on about whatever my version of reality is. I also tend to ask for reassurance over and over (and over and over :-( ) again. It's hard to explain, even to those people who know about my condition what's going on. Sometimes, people will tell me they are my friends, that they love me, and they are not angry at me, but, their faces will seem so threatening to me, that it is hard for me to believe them, even though I DO trust them.

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