My illness started when I was at college, I was 18 at the time. I started medication which has helped me a lot with my recovery process, I see all sorts of amazing patterns, some of which are great and make me happy, others frighten me and sometimes I don’t know what to do, that’s why I still take my medication today which is a lot better for me because now I am mostly left with just the happy ones which makes my life a lot more fun.
I am able to cope a lot better than before because without medication I suffered a lot with panic attacks, happening nearly every day at college and now I only suffer with them when I am not on any medication or really stressed, which is not very often so now I am with the Mental Health Service which had made my life bearable again. Just having my care worker to talk to has definitely helped me.
I know I don’t have to have medication every day so I just take it when I think I need to or when I am not coping with the psychosis. My life is not ruined by having this illness if anything; everyday gets better for me because I know I have got through that day either with help or without. I think God gave it to me as a gift that I can use to better myself.
Illnesses – don’t let them rule you. I know with the help of medication and using the Early Intervention Service, my life is going to be a lot better than before and I know the illness is not my fault. I am starting to read up about the illness that affects me and I am also interested in other people’s illnesses and problems. I class my illness as part of me because without it I wouldn’t be me, I am grateful to be still carrying on with the service I get from the Early Intervention Team because I know they are there to help me as much as possible so I don’t think I will go back to being as ill as I used to be. I have learnt how to cope with my illness (psychosis) a lot better and I am happy again.
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