I experienced my first psychotic episode in 2004 when I was just twenty-one. I had nine years free of psychosis without medication until my second psychotic episode happened in 2013 when I was thirty years old and my third psychotic episode happened when I was thirty-one in 2014. My original diagnosis when I experienced my first psychotic episode was bipolar disorder. After my second psychotic episode, and subsequent relapse thereafter or third psychotic episode, I was officially diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder.
Many people don’t know what schizoaffective disorder is and even I am still confused but the best explanation of it that I can give is that it is schizophrenia with bipolar disorder. I don’t just have one or the other, I’ve got both. Scary diagnosis right? Well psychosis is pretty scary… but on a positive note persons diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder tend to do better than persons with schizophrenia or at least that’s what I’ve read.
This blog is about my personal story living with schizoaffective disorder. I hope to inspire others who live with anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or other mental illnesses and be an advocate against the stigmatization of mental illnesses in general.
The picture above shows my nightly pill regimen. I take fish oil, calcium, magnesium, zinc, 5mg Abilify (an antipsychotic), Vitamin D3, Vitamin B, a multivitamin, Sarcosine and N Acetyl – Cysteine.