I’m Experiencing Flat Affect | Schizophrenia

I’m Experiencing Flat Affect | Schizophrenia

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hi so in today's video um 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 um so the symptom that i'm experiencing today is flat affect or i guess blunted affect would probably be more um accurately describing what i'm experiencing i guess first of all blunted affect or flat affect is a symptom of schizophrenia um and basically it's just when
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the emotional expression that someone has is affected so it is reduced it is blunted it just appears very flat um so rob kind of pointed out to me initially that he thought that something was off with me today um i seemed like i was struggling and so he was like are you struggling and i was like well i don't i don't really think so um but then we kind of
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made the connection that i wasn't inwardly struggling i was feeling normal inwardly but i wasn't out really emoting at all or communicating any emotion or affect at all in my expression and outward appearance and so we realized hey i'm experiencing flattened affect today and so it might be helpful or useful to kind of show that in this video and basically what it
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feels like for me anyway is just that i am feeling normally inside and feeling everything kind of the way i would regularly but it feels like i can't i can't reflect that on my face or in the expression of my emotions so you know i i can force myself to smile right now like but it feels very like if it feels like i'm
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just using like muscle memory to force my face into that it doesn't feel like i can genuinely or naturally do that right now and so flat affect is something that i used to experience a lot more um if you look at some of our earlier videos on youtube you can definitely tell that i had a flatter affect um even just my voice was less emotive and my face was definitely less emotive and
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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 um so you know 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
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allowed me to be more expressive naturally and to be more emotive and have less of that flat or blunted affect but i've occasionally i have days like this where i am experiencing blunted affect and um you know it can be a little bit frustrating because i i feel like i'm connecting less with the people around me so you know rob even was like well i don't like this he quickly um corrected himself to be like
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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 um 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
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it is definitely harder to connect with other people when you can't display emotion and connect with people on that level so you know i'm not sure if it's being conveyed through this video that i do have a flatter affect 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
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you for watching this little impromptu video clip of me trying to convey what flat affect can be like um thanks for watching and wishing you and your loved ones good health see you in the next video bye

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