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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Other mental health providers or researchers are welcome to ask any questions, as well.
I don’t tell very many people that I have this disorder; I am not sure how I feel about that. 2 people at my work know and my main boss knows I have a mental health condition. I truly wish I could tell everyone, that I didn’t have to be ashamed for what is beyond my control. I still suffer from some of the symptoms but they do not affect my overall functioning and are not noticeble to others for the most part because I do feel that I come off as strange to some people. Many people think the world of me but if the truth were known they would not be so easily impressed. But back to where I started before I digressed- Do any of my readers have any experiences with this? I invite you to write to me or comment below. Going to have a relaxing weekend, enjoy! to everyone around the world. Australia, Greece and a few other countries have joined us.