I just wanted to write a note of encouragement for anyone reading this page who is going through their own journey with psychosis and anxiety. Hard work pays off.
I first started experiencing the symptoms of psychosis and schizophrenia when I was 14 years old. It took another two years for me to ultimately be diagnosed with schizophrenia. I spent a good chunk of time on the psych ward when the diagnosis was made. I won't lie, those were the hardest, darkest days of my life. Fortunately, I had family and friends around me to support me.
It has definitely been a long journey, full of ups and downs. However, with hard work, I have persevered. I write in my blog different ways to cope with anxiety and how to beat it. By incorporating those coping mechanisms, I have been able to live a productive, happy life. I can proudly say it has been 12 years since I was last hospitalized. I am enjoying each new day.
So, I want to encourage you. I've been where you're at. I know what it's like to be held captive to your mind. I know how dark and depressing things can get. I know what it's like to be alone and confused. HOWEVER, I want you to know that if you work hard enough, and have a positive attitude, you can make leaps and bounds in your recovery.
Take all the advice and tips you can get. Surround yourself with positive, encouraging people. Use your coping skills and try the ones that I have written about on this site. I am a living example that being persistent and literally fighting for your life is the way to recovery. Be strong, the dark times do end! There is a beautiful, happy life out there for you to experience. You just gotta work towards it.
Be strong. Be persistent. Fight to gain your life.