I've been struggling with my mental illness since half way through highschool. I didn't know it at the time until I did some inventory of my past. My journey didn't start though until I was 21. This was the second time I've been to a mental institute. This is when I was diagnosed with schizoeffective. Man, back in the day it was rough. The constant voices in the head and having severe depression was a recipe for disaster. I remember asking my mom when she truly found herself, she said at around 40. I'm 32 now and after nine years of studying, I have finally found myself. It's easier now to differentiate between my own thoughts and others. The constant weighing down of me being an empath. Such a struggle. If only they mixes Eastern Mysticism with Western Psychiatry, I think we would be better off.
Anyways, I wanna get more involved and hope to meet others like me. I have to remind myself that the conversations I have online are as real as me talking to someone face to face. I need to utilize the tools around me and I think this is the best place to start.
Bipolar and schizoaffective are 2 completely different mental illnesses. Bipolar used to be called manic-depressive. When I first sought help about 23 years ago, they thought I might be bipolar, but I didn't respond to the lithium salts, which bipolar ordinarily respond to. Then my shrink diagnosed me with schizo-affective disorder, which is kind of a laundry bag diagnosis when they can't put you in any other category. I did have these rages, which are being treated with risperidone, generic of Risperdol. Haven't blown my top in year. The depression is treated with Celexa, which works for me. I sometimes have down days, but also haven't had a depressive episode in years. Good luck on your journey, Quingu.
Glad things are working out for you. I was always confused with the differences between bipolar and schizoeffective disorder. Thanks for the clarification!