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Hi. I was wondering if it is possible to achieve things like becoming a (for example) doctor, engineer or lawyer as a schizophrenic person that takes antipsychotics like clozapine or risperdal everyday. This question might sound very strange and out of place but i just need to know because i'm @ my aprentiship to become a cook and really need to know if this is a realistic goal for me. sometimes everything seems so difficult to me in school and i know that the meds are causing some of my disabilities. But in long term it would surely be worse without them. If you know anything i would really apreciate your replies.

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I think that if your schizophrenia is controlled, becoming a cook is a very realistic goal. If I understand correctly, it's not the meds that hold people back but the underlying illness. Sure meds have side effects that can make things more difficult, but it can be managed if the MI is controlled. Also, not only the positive symptoms need to be controlled, but also the negative symptoms. This is why it is very, very, very important to stay on meds.

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You should read The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness, by Dr. Elyn R. Saks. She's a professor of law at the USC Gould College of Law, and an adjunct professor of psychiatry the University of California san Diego school of medicine, and she's a paranoid schizophrenic.

Take your meds, and get out there and kick ass.

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You should read The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness, by Dr. Elyn R. Saks. She's a professor of law at the USC Gould College of Law, and an adjunct professor of psychiatry the University of California san Diego school of medicine, and she's a paranoid schizophrenic.

Take your meds, and get out there and kick ass.

My goal is to be a minister. This is to the OP btw! :)

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I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Science and now have a successful career despite my schizophrenia so you can do it too. Just make sure you take your meds. Therapy helped me too. I saw a therapist every 2 weeks for 9 years, she helped me with reality testing techniques and coping strategies, plus she was great for listening to me about any worries.

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Taking medication is very important, as well as the more holistic parts of treatment - regular therapy, a good support network, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, etc. All those factors IMO assist in a good outcome when it comes to schizophrenia spectrum disorders.

Personally, I'm currently studying a Juris Doctor [fancy title for a person studying law as their second degree]. I did my BA in Political Science and History. I'm also a music journalist/photographer, so - yes, you can achieve quite a bit regardless of your variety of MI.

Sometimes having MI means that you'll have to take longer to finish a course - you might need to take a reduced study load, and have extra help. However, in the end, IMO you can still get there in the end.

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I forgot to mention in my previous reply to you that while I was at university I had a great support system. The universitie's disability office provided me with a small room that I could study in by myself so I wouldn't get distracted by what was going on around me. I had free therapy each week from the university psychotherapist who specialised in mi such as schizophrenia. I was allowed 20 mins extra per hour for sitting eacg exam, so for a 3 hour exam I got a hour extra to write my answers. I sat my exams in a small room with no more than 10 other people and sometimes I sat my exams in a room by myself. They also gave me scribes to take down lecture notes for me and an assistant to help me during lab work. The university also had a small building for disabled students which had a lunch room...fridge, microwave etc, a room where we could just sit and relax and talk with each other, a computer room and a room with a bed that I could use if I was really stressed. Make sure that you find out all of the things that you are entitled to to support you through your studies.

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I have a Bachelor of Commerce degree, a post-graduate certificate in electronic business and a diploma in market research.

I have also had a successful career in IT, as well as owned and run a deli/cafe for 4 years.

Falling sick with schizophrenia has really affected my career. Its set me back a few years. Right now I am taking time off to heal; I intend to go back to university in 2013 to retrain. I haven't decided what I want to study yet though.

I can only see part time work in my future. Im on some pretty heavy medication (clozapine) and whilst this works really well for me, I am dopey a lot of the time. I also dont respond well to stress - my sz is stress induced, so I have to be wary of that.

So from my perspective, yeah its certainly possible to have a career with sz, but you need to look after yourself at the same time.

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I'm not schiz but I take lots of AAPs. Oh, lots. As well as a bunch of other shit.

I can say that I think it's perfectly realistic to think you can achieve goals with a major dx. I may have to approach some things differently (and I do) take intermittent leaves (and sometimes I do) and get treatment and support (which I do) and all that good stuff. That said, I'm good at what I do, enjoy it, and am respected. I don't work when I'm too ill or in episodes, but usually I can manage okay most of the time.

Just get as much support as you can. If you aren't episodic all the time, I think being a cook is a realistic goal.

Anna

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