I’m Experiencing Flat Affect | Schizophrenia

I’m Experiencing Flat Affect | Schizophrenia

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- Hi, so in today's video, it's a little bit more of an informal video because I am experiencing a symptom today that I wanted to share with you, a little bit more of a realist depiction about what it's like. So the symptom that I'm experiencing today is flat affect, or I guess blunted effect would probably be more accurately describing what I'm experiencing. I guess, first of all, blunted affect or flat affect is a symptom of schizophrenia and basically it's just when the emotional expression that someone has is affected. So it is reduced, it is blunted, it just appears very flat. So Rob kind of pointed out to me initially that he thought that something was off with me today. I seemed like I was struggling and so he's like, "Are you struggling?" and I was like, "Well, I don't really think so." But then we kind of made the connection that I wasn't inwardly struggling.
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I was feeling normal inwardly, but I wasn't outwardly emoting at all or communicating any emotion or affect at all in my expression, in outward appearance. And so we realized, hey, I'm experiencing flattened effect today. And so it might be helpful or useful to kind of show that in this video. And basically what it feels like, for me anyway, is just that I am feeling normally inside, I'm feeling everything kind of the way I would regularly, but it feels like I can't reflect that on my face or in the expression of my emotions. So I can force myself to smile right now, like, but it feels very, it feels like I'm just using muscle memory to force my face into that, it doesn't feel like I can genuinely
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or naturally do that right now. And so flat affect is something that I used to experience a lot more. If you look at some of our earlier videos on YouTube, you can definitely tell that I had a flatter affect. Even just my voice was less emotive and my face was definitely less emotive. And I think that actually having this YouTube channel has really helped with developing the skill of emoting through my voice and my face and whatnot, even if I wasn't necessarily feeling particularly emotive on my own. So being used to being on camera as well as figuring out the right medication balance and just figuring out how to manage my illness more has allowed me to be more expressive naturally and to be more emotive and have less of that flat or blunted affect. But occasionally I have days like this
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where I am experiencing blunted affect and it can be a little bit frustrating because I feel like I'm connecting less with the people around me. So, Rob even was like, "Oh, I don't like this." He quickly corrected himself to be like, "Well, it's not that I don't like you, I just, it feels, it feels different and it's something we need to adjust to and that's fine." But it definitely feels like there is less of an ability to connect with people because they're not experiencing your emotion because you're not showing it. And so yeah, I mean, I can see how people who have prolonged blunted or flat affect have less kind of social connections because it is definitely harder to connect with other people when you can't display emotion and connect with people on that level. So I'm not sure if it's being conveyed
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through this video that I do have a flatter effect right now. I think I'm kind of trying to be a little bit more emotive because that's how I try to be on camera, but I wanted to share a little bit more of a realistic depiction of when I am experiencing a symptom such as flat affect like today. All right. So that is it for today. Thank you for watching this little impromptu video clip of me trying to convey what flat affect can be like. Thanks for watching and wishing you and your loved ones good health. See in the next video, bye.

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