What Living Well With Schizophrenia Means To Me

What Living Well With Schizophrenia Means To Me

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I live with schizoaffective disorder and sometimes I feel like it defines my life I'm afraid of not being able to manage my symptoms what if they get worse sometimes I have a hard time connecting with people I feel like I'm always wondering if I'm fitting the bill of what's normal I'm not always sure if I'm grounding myself within reality or not it can be difficult to find balance what if I can't engage in life in the ways that I've always wanted I'm afraid of
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what people think when they learn about my illness do they think I'm dangerous unstable unfit I grapple with my own self stigma about this illness I feel uncertain about my capacity to pursue life to the fullest what do you do when you doubt yourself dealing with these thoughts and questions are an ongoing process I've put in a lot of work to move towards self-acceptance and through this I've learned more about what living well with this illness really means
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living well with schizophrenia means that I don't let my illness to find my life it means that I'm looking after myself while balancing caring for other people and tending to other parts of my life as well taking care of myself means taking my medication it means getting enough sleep eating nutritiously and regularly being as active as possible and getting enough exercise taking care of the people I love means being the best and most
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present parent I can be it means being a loving supportive partner being a caring friend daughter sister living wall means going to therapy and utilizing community supports it means engaging fully in life in order to do this I need to bring myself to a place of accepting my illness fully both the good and the bad [Music] schizophrenia has taught me a lot about people and myself it can also take a
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tremendous toll on both me and on those who love me and so it is important to make room for my illness in my life and to learn to adapt well living well means thinking ahead and being prepared for if and when things get bad for me a big part of living while with schizophrenia has been advocacy work fighting for better resources and supports for people facing similar struggles and being vulnerable about my own struggles it's not always going to be easy to live well
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finding balance is hard and sometimes I just won't be well but for myself and for others struggling with this illness I wish you the courage to continue moving in the direction of living well with schizophrenia [Music]

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