I have yet to mention the disability, the diagnosis of schizophrenia that got me to forced disability payments. I was off of work for three and a half months when the diagnosis of schizophrenia was forced on me. I had stopped working at the end of November. I was diagnosed in the middle of March. Whether a person is working or not is one of the considerations in the making of a diagnosis, according to the DSM, quoted below, though a social worker once told me that whether one works or not is not a consideration. Confusing!
The medicines I was put on made me hallucinate, actually gave me the symptoms of schizophrenia which I was diagnosed with having after 1-2 brief interviews with a nurse and a psychiatrist, in a hospital. This is not the first time that that has happened. Widely reported is the cause of symptoms of schizophrenia from the neuroleptics intended to help the supposed problem.
I am officially disabled now. The diagnosis disables a person. However, I believe that when my mother put me on disability payments, she disabled me extremely. They are so difficult to escape once a person is on them.
I got a new bicycle. We began bicycling this week for exercise and pleasure. Bicycling is fun!
This past week:
- medication: 5 mg Aripiprazole a.m., 10 mg Aripiprazole before sleep
- sleep: average 9 hrs
- exercise: walked every day but two, situps and pushups, stair running, 2 days bicycling
- diet: made certain to eat breakfast every day, began to count calories at www.caloriecount.com
- weight: 161 lbs.
- mood: ok all mornings upon rising