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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Other mental health providers or researchers are welcome to ask any questions, as well.
I used to believe I was the most special person to ever live…
Well the proof is in the pudding as they say. I can’t even work and my proud accomplishments are mainly having raised three beautiful children, have been married 24 years to the same man and that I take really good care of my parents who are elderly and myself through proper diet, exercise and keeping my house in order. Nothing that others haven’t also achieved, certainly not much to think one is that special.
I have lingering thoughts that one day I will write a great book that will help many people but again that has been done. So why do I still even for one second believe this could be possible???
I am no longer delusional nor do I receive messages from heaven like I did when I was psychotic. I used to miss it but now I am used to the quiet in my life and I like it this way.
So I take my medicine dutifully in the morning and at night and just try to get through each day, keeping up my obligations and trying to have a little bit of fun in the process.
But some days are still really hard and to be honest I hate those days. But I have learned that the next day is usually brighter and better. I know that I get stronger when I meet my obstacles head on but to be honest there are still days when I sleep in really late and sit in my computer chair and stare only getting up to feed myself and use the latrine.
But those days are fewer and farther in between. I am learning to prep the night before and write out my goals on google keep and my phone and to not just get stuck at my computer mindlessly surfing the web or watching my favorite show.
So tomorrow is Sunday and I don’t work on Sundays due to religious beliefs to respect the Sabbath. I actually have a fun filled day ahead of me so I am off to bed even though it is a little later than I should be getting to bed but I just really wanted to get these thoughts out in the universe whether anyone reads them or not.
Here’s to more good days than bad this next week. I hope everyone is doing well and keeping the hope that sometimes things can only get better one day at a time!