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 (lack of motivation, flat affect) 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 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 viwed almost 5,000 times and by over 50 countries! Bienvenidos a todos! Welcome to all!
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In my last post I blogged how to get more involved in NAMI. Well I did some research and while searching stumbled upon a peer group that I can facilitate one day if I get through the class. We have only met once but I really liked everyone and the material presented. It had quite a few topics which resonated with me on a positive note. I can’t wait for the next class. Today we did an exercise on what our miracle day will be like which is one of the questions I ask my clients using Solution Focused Therapy. It got me thinking what I can do to achieve my miracle day. I know to the rest of the world I am very productive but I have a lot of time where I am at a loss of what to do next and just how to relax comfortably. Coming up triggers will be discussed which I am very interested in. I am back at work but don’t want to relapse again into suicidal thinking like not that long ago and have to go back on disability.
As far as my work goes, I have accepted full time work for now but will have one afternoon off during the week when I will go to the peer class and get other things done. I don’t know how everyone else gets everything done working Monday through Friday. I need some of those hours to handle my finances and other things and on the weekends can’t accomplish that much?
I am back to walking again which is a great relief. Movement puts me in such a better mood. This last month with a bad back prevented me from my normal exercise routine and I really missed it. Next I hope to get back into gardening, my plants are thirsty and I want to do so much… Upcoming is my trip to Europe in June. I am very excited to be going with my daughter to Rome!
Here is a great story of one person’s struggle with Schizophrenia Enjoy, there is hope on this journey of recovery!
Wishing you all a great spring!