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I started feeling less intensely obsessive about my delusions (like they went from being my entire world to a curiosity I was half questioning, half losing interest in). I can tell because the writing in my notebooks goes from frenzied and passionate page after page to a few entries her and there, to nothing. I can't keep up that intensity when I'm not deeply psychotic, it just isn't in me to do it. 

I also begin to trust more easily. The entire world isn't against me anymore, especially not people I love. I also begin to trust myself, my own brain. It doesn't feel so confusing and scary.

Even though I'm much better now, I still have lighter symptoms. It doesn't all go away. My tdoc/pdoc said its not uncommon with schizoaffective to have lingering psychosis, even when you're relatively well. 

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I started feeling less intensely obsessive about my delusions (like they went from being my entire world to a curiosity I was half questioning, half losing interest in). I can tell because the writing in my notebooks goes from frenzied and passionate page after page to a few entries her and there, to nothing. I can't keep up that intensity when I'm not deeply psychotic, it just isn't in me to do it. 

I also begin to trust more easily. The entire world isn't against me anymore, especially not people I love. I also begin to trust myself, my own brain. It doesn't feel so confusing and scary.

Even though I'm much better now, I still have lighter symptoms. It doesn't all go away. My tdoc/pdoc said its not uncommon with schizoaffective to have lingering psychosis, even when you're relatively well. 

Very well said!

And I believe the lingering part, I feel that way.

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What are the signs you're getting better? How do you go from very psychotic to somewhat functional?

When I crash, I know it is only a matter of time before I start to feel better.  Doesn't always happen right away, but given time the feeling of being hit by a Mac truck goes away.

The psychoses will start to go away, and I eventually become somewhat functional.  It is definitely not an overnight thing though.

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I start to shower again! lol  I also feel comfortable making eye contact with ppl and trusting the good in ppl again.  I will also drink public water....um let's see what else I'm a lot more comfortable in public and I'm sure I'm easier to get to know.  I can spend time in silence w/o severe anxiety (but I still prefer to have the TV or some music on.)  And I'm much less paranoid about everyone hearing my thoughts! 

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I started feeling less intensely obsessive about my delusions (like they went from being my entire world to a curiosity I was half questioning, half losing interest in). I can tell because the writing in my notebooks goes from frenzied and passionate page after page to a few entries her and there, to nothing. I can't keep up that intensity when I'm not deeply psychotic, it just isn't in me to do it. 

I also begin to trust more easily. The entire world isn't against me anymore, especially not people I love. I also begin to trust myself, my own brain. It doesn't feel so confusing and scary.

Even though I'm much better now, I still have lighter symptoms. It doesn't all go away. My tdoc/pdoc said its not uncommon with schizoaffective to have lingering psychosis, even when you're relatively well. 

This is similar to how it was for me.

Except instead of writing in notebooks I was sending Melli lots of e-mails.

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For me I can also say that looking at your delusions, you can begin to challenge them or say out loud to yourself they don't exist. That sort of stuff. 

Yes, I can begin to question them. Before then they are just beliefs

As far as functioning, I don't know. I feel like I had to chip away at the delusions awhile and feel stable before I would say i was functioning well. I still don't know when people tell me I am doing well, if they mean it, or if they mean "for someone like you".

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