I am happy to join the Schizophrenia community at Wellsphere.com. My blog, "Inside My Mind", was started a few years ago when I was actively psychotic, and not on medication. Currently, I have been receiving treatment for three years, and am doing much better. I have not had any symptoms of psychosis in a few months. The medication I'm on at this time works for me to stop psychosis. However, it has been a long road to get here.
When I first went into long-term hospitalization in 2005, I thought that since I had been diagnosed with Schizophrenia the doctors would find a medication that helped. After all, I had spent years being misdiagnosed or undiagnosed and in and out of hospitals in several different states, never staying in treatment after the hospitalizations for very long. So this time, with months under my belt of inpatient treatment, I thought the journey to find a medication that really helped me would be successful.
However, it turned out to take numerous medication changes over these three years in order for me to function at a healthy level and not suffer from psychotic symptoms. I have been on antipsychotic medications that caused me too many side effects - such as the EPS side effects or extreme weight gain, and I have been on other antipsychotic medications that just did not work for me. At this time, I am on an antipsychotic that works well for me and does not have many negative side effects. I am grateful for this medication. It took a long time to get to this point.
While I am not suffering from psychosis, because my brand of Schizophrenia is Schizoaffective Disorder I also have a mood disorder component to my illness. I am currently dealing with a great deal of depression, and have just had my antidepressant medication changed yet again, something that has been done repeatedly for many years. I hope that in the coming weeks my depression will dissipate with this medication, which is one that has worked for me in the past, and which I hope will work again now.
When deciding to switch medications, my doctor and I are always a little wary, because of the effects that can occur in the time period when a medication has not yet taken effect - or if a medication turns out to not work for me. I have dealt with a lot of symptoms in the past during medication changes, and I know that this is a precarious time for my mental health. I am glad, however, to be on the road to recovery from Schizophrenia, and doing a million times better than I was a few years ago when I started my blog.
I look forward to becoming an active member of this community and I hope to see you hear again.