Welcome to my blog! I will include this short bio in all my blogs so if you are a return viewer scroll to the bottom to read the latest post.
My name is Victoria and I suffer from Schizoaffective Disorder; this blog journals my progress from fall 2013 to now although I was diagnosed in 2008. I have experienced both the positive and negative symptoms of Schizophrenia and while the positive symptoms have been under control with Risperdal, since being diagnosed with Schizoaffective Disorder by UCLA in 2008, I have still suffered from the negative symptoms until recently when my psychiatrist added Latuda. Post diagnosis I received my Masters Degree in Psychology and work in the mental health field currently. I plan to go on to earn my doctorate in Psychology in the future.
I started this blog in fall 2013 which journals my personal recovery from Schizophrenia. The earliest entries chart my psychotic period 2006/2007 with much in between and my current focus is managing the negative symptoms of Schizophrenia. I welcome all feedback and enjoy meeting new people through this blog and other articles I have written. I have also written a book which is available on Amazon by Victoria Marie Alonso- My personal recovery from Schizophrenia, which is for loved ones or those afflicted with this disorder.
Please feel free to email me to share your story or that of a loved one at: email@example.com
Other mental health providers or researchers are welcome to ask any questions, as well.
I saw my psychiatrist today and it was great to report how well I am doing on the Latuda. No changes and I don’t have to see him for 6 months. I am much more connected to God these days, and friends and family. Work is great although demanding. Sometimes I even forget I have this disorder.
Others do not do so well; for others with Schizophrenia medicine does not work well and doctors don’t try different combinations as did mine. For these people I send up a prayer, that they may get help as I have done and be able to live happy and productive lives!