#034 – Schizophrenia And The Loss Of Family And Friends

I grew up in Bendigo where I had a great social network. I was reasonably popular and I even had the girls after me. My family moved to Frankston in 1999. I went to Frankston high where I knew nobody. I was a loner who spent his recess and lunch breaks away from the other students in the toilets. I hated it. I was suicidal. I left school half way through year ten and went to art school in the city where I got along with everyone and made good friends who I have since lost. I worked at Coles for a number of years and made acquaintances there but nothing that lasted once I left.

Once I was diagnosed with schizophrenia I lost all connections to my family and friends. My illness scared a lot of people off. I was no longer treated the same way I was before the diagnosis. This made me realise a lot of my relationships were based around people who smoked pot. People who I smoked with no longer felt I should be partaking because of the stigma of cannabis and psychosis. Slowly people disappeared in my life. Alcohol played a part in this too. There have been relationships that have definitely been destroyed through my excessive drinking. My voices (Blog #032) order that I don’t make connections with people too. The only people who have stuck by my side during everything is my parents and to a lesser extent my younger brother and sister.

I don’t mind. I have always been content with my own company, thank God, because there would be nothing worse than being lonely. I have a soft spot for people who want company and can’t find it. I’ve often thought about volunteering at nursing homes to keep the elderly company.

Published by aperfecttool83

I'm a 37 year old who lives in Melbourne Australia. I have many interests but I want to base this blog on my mental health. I have schizophrenia, depression & anxiety. I have 15 years experience with psychiatrists and I have had close to 20 hospital admissions. I plan on writing about my delusions, voices, paranoia, depression and how to deal with them psychiatrists :) I really hope this blog can help someone. Please feel free to contact me and I promise to get back to you. Have a nice day!

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