Today’s guest post comes from Mio, the fantastic blogger behind Mentally Ill in America. Mio’s main goal in blogging is to share his experience with schizoaffective disorders. In addition to blog posts, Mio offers many different forms of writing such as poems and puns! I hope you can visit his room and learn more about mental health through the many different perspectives that are offered. A big thank you to Mio for sharing today.
I have found three important ways to deal with serious mental illnesses that help me diagnose schizoaffective disorder.
Medication and therapy (optional).
Those who suffer (for example) from schizophrenia-type disorder may not believe that they need medication. However, this is exactly what people with this and other serious diagnoses need. And it is important that they recognize this sooner rather than later.
Therapy can help people (who are still talking about schizophrenia-type disorders), but there are several factors that determine its effectiveness. Check whether therapy is suitable for you! That and no matter how difficult things may be, you have to stay on your medication (maybe forever, depending on your diagnosis)!
There must be people who “understand” that you are “not well”. If it is someone who understands you and who needs “loving” support, you are on the way to the additional help that is needed. As a side note: illness or no illness, choose carefully the people you want to belong to your life. This alone can affect or affect your success in severe mental illness!
With medication and support, things can improve. It all depends on how well you respond to the medication and how good your support system is. I still struggle with routine for myself, but I do my best. My support system has recently taken a dive, but it is growing again.
Life is challenging, but I make the best of my life and do everything I can to challenge myself and help others. Serving others seems to be the best way to make a difference in the world, and that’s my main focus.