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Topic: Schizophrenia

6 posts, 0 answered
  1. Eri-d
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    16 October 2013

    Hi, my names Erika And the doctors think I have Schizophrenia and depression. I feel lost and alone. I hear voices and see things that are not really there. I don't have any friends and have no one to talk to. Last year things got bad and I tried to kill myself and got put in hospital. Any one feel to talk to me as I'd love to hear from you. Thanks. Erika. 

  2. Chris B
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    22 October 2013 in reply to Eri-d

    Hi Erika,

    Welcome to the forums.  Sorry to hear that things got bad for you last year, and that you're feeling lost and alone at the moment.  You can talk here about anything that's on your mind, and if things are getting particularly stressful and you'd like support you can ring our support line on 1300 22 46 36, or use our web chat service between 4pm and 10pm:  http://www.beyondblue.org.au/get-support/get-immediate-support

    I have experience with depression, as do many others who post on here.  I have not heard voices though, but have met many people with a diagnosis of schizophrenia and while it's not easy, it is something that you can learn to manage over time.

    You might want to check out this story on the Reach Out website about someone who learnt to cope with hearing voices:  http://au.reachout.com/Unwelcome-voices

    How are things with your family?  Are you in touch with a doctor or psychiatrist to have some ongoing treatment?

    Hope to hear from you soon.

    best
    CB

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  3. littlegalaxies
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    22 October 2013 in reply to Eri-d

    Hi Erika

    I'm sorry to hear about how you're feeling. My boyfriend was diagnosed with schizophrenia just a few months ago, so I know a little of what it can be like. We would be in a public place and he would be able to hear people around us talking about him when they weren't. It's been hard, but he's doing a lot better now, with some medication. He also moved out of the sharehouse he was in at the time. It might not be easy, but removing any small causes of stress seems to help a lot. 

    After my boyfriend was diagnosed I did a mental health first aid course, which covered schizophrenia. One of the exercises we did involved holding a funnel to someone's ear and talking through it, while the person was trying to speak to someone else, which we were told is similar to how schizophrenia feels. I didn't have anyone speaking to me through the funnels, but everyone who did experience it stated how distressing and confusing it is. From what I know, medications can do a lot to get rid of the sounds and voices. 

     It's really great that you're getting help, I wish you all the best :)

  4. Ragnarok
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    23 October 2013 in reply to Eri-d

    Hello Erika,

    Like Christopher said, Welcome to the forums! I'm fairly new here myself.

    It's good you've got a name to put to how your mind works, but it is not the be-all and end-all, nor should those labels define you (plus the doctors may not have all the facts or be accurate in their diagnosis). Like Christopher, I've experienced depression but not schizophrenia (well, sorta), however, like you, I've also got no friends and nobody to talk to, which has been my current state of affairs for about 3-4 years now. Humans are social creatures; we need social interaction, and especially someone to talk that we can share our thoughts and feelings with. It's not easy when there's nobody around to listen to you or that understands. But it's also not the end of the world (don't you hate it when someone says that?).

    Many years ago I too got put into the hospital, not for trying to kill myself, but because I had a nasty reaction to an overdose of psychiatric drugs (antipsychotics mainly) which caused me to hallucinate, which ironically they gave me antipsychotics to treat my antipsychotic induced hallucinations. I've also had other experiences of seeing things that were not physically there, however those would have been closer to a 'vision' (not the right description but the closest I can come up with). So I've had both hallucinations (drug-induced) and had perceptual experiences of things not physically there but were real all the same (I was conscious when they happened). Oh, I should also mention I study psychology, so I've got personal experiences and I've also got research and study materials.

    With regards to the depression, socialization and activity are the most effective. Socializing, however, can be difficult if you have no friends (my biggest problem). So you should try for some activity/exercise. You don't need to go to the gym, but exercise does help. Even if you just do some pushups or situps at home, it still helps. To begin with you may not be bothered, but push yourself a little bit and you should feel a difference.

    As for the hearing voices and seeing things that aren't there, well, there could be a number of reasons for that, and it's not a 'disease' or 'chemical imbalance'. It depends on what the voices say, and when they say it. And it depends on what you see. You weren't overly descriptive in your introduction so I can only guess at possible explanations. Did something happen to you? In childhood or in your teen/adult years? Seeing or hearing things that "aren't there" can be linked to trauma or abuse. I've read an article by a psychologist who herself was abused as a child, and her voices take on several persona's, including that of her abusers, a protector/mother figure, and even herself during certain age periods. Another article mentioned many religious figures who heard voices, such as Moses and Jesus. It really depends on what the voices are saying, why, and when. They are clues to help you understand why you experience what you experience.

    You've got the first clues into understanding your own mind, and you've made the first steps. Do not worry about what anyone else thinks of you. It's your mind, your experiences, and you need to understand why you see/hear what you see/hear. And by extension, do not accept a label as the reason why you experience what you experience. Imagine feeling pain and being labeled with a 'pain disorder'. Pain may be what you experience, but it is not why you experience it. There could be any number of reasons, such as a headache, broken bone, burn, laceration, etc. A label such as depression or schizophrenia is useful to describe what you are feeling, but it does not define why you are feeling it, and it does not define you.

     

    Hope this helps.

    Ragnarok

  5. Fractured mind
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    3 July 2017 in reply to Eri-d
    Hey my name is Ben I'm 28 years old and I have schizophrenia i was diagnosed about five years ago give or take lately my paranoia and hallucinations are starting to get to me I'm thinking of getting my medication dose increased but i really feel depressed and isolated I don't know any one who has schizophrenia I don't wanto feel alone any more
  6. Sophie_M
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    4 July 2017 in reply to Fractured mind
    Hi Ben, welcome to the forums.  While we have quite a large community here, we don't have many active members with experience of schizophrenia (this thread is about four years old).

    We can highly recommend the SANE forums if you haven't checked them out already:

    https://saneforums.org/

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