Welcome to my blog! Please feel free to read this short bio if you are new, return readers can scroll down to new post, thanks.
My name is Victoria and I suffer from Schizoaffective Disorder (SA), which is basically Schizophrenia plus depression; this blog journals my progress from fall 2013 to now although I was diagnosed in 2008.
I have experienced both the positive (hallucinations and delusions) and negative symptoms (lack of motivation, flat affect. social difficulties) 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 used to work in the mental health field until stress caused me to go on permanent disability in September 2015.
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 me, Victoria Marie Alonso- My personal recovery from Schizophrenia, which is for loved ones or those afflicted with this disorder.
This blog has been viewed almost 10,000 times and by over 50 countries! Bienvenidos a todos! Welcome to all!
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I have recently started hiking again and it has really helped my mood. Getting out in nature with my hiking boots on, sunscreen applied and a hat to boot makes for a great day. The best part is I found a hiking partner so I don’t have to always hike alone!
The air is usually warm these days and the views are spectacular. I hike in the mountains, by the beach and on local trails that have pretty plants.
When one has this disorder it is a really good thing to find something to be passionate about again post diagnosis. Finding joy in life is just one more step in the right direction of recovering from this dastard disorder!
If you are newly diagnosed spend some time trying out new things to get passionate about and your life will improve! Trust me. I have tried many things and some of them I like and others I can do without.
Gardening is another hobby I have which really soothes the demons inside; watching new vegetables appear seemingly overnight is a wonder in itself and supplies me with much gratitude to God for giving us such an ability to help plants grow and produce.
I am grateful today for many things, my family, my friends, my dogs, my garden, the days I get to hike and for finally eating a healthy balanced diet. These things are important to me and help me on this road to recovery.
Even though I can’t work, I can do more to help myself. I study Spanish daily, write, read challenging books and articles, try different workouts on Sparkpeople, and cook and eat healthy. I get enough sleep and practice prayer and meditation every day.
I have a good outlook on life and it is thanks to God and the desire I have to be the best me diagnosis and all!