I'm new!

Discussion in 'Welcome' started by PoetMan, Feb 26, 2007.

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  1. PoetMan

    PoetMan Well-Known Member

    I've already posted to a few other threads, but I'll introduce myself.
    My name is Preston. I have "borderline" schizoaffective disorder that occasionally crosses the line into full-blown schizophrenia. Most of the time I hear voices but I know they're not real.

    I was hospitalized for the first time last June, committed against my will. I was hospitalized and then institutionalized over Christmas, but it was voluntary this time. Since then, the medication I'm taking helps with the voices, but at the cost of my creativity, which I'm not sure is worth it. I have attempted suicide five times in the last three years. My very first suicide attempt was when I was nine. I was psychotic then, but doctors refuse to call a nine-year-old schizophrenic because that's about six years before schizophrenia generally presents.

    I've come to this community in search of other people like me. From what I've seen so far, most of you have been through the same kinds of problems I have. That's important, because I'm tired of asking people for help who have no idea what I'm going through. Being told you have a mental illness is like being told you have terminal cancer. There's little they can do about it and you just know you're going to die of it.

    Thanks for having me.
  2. gentlelady

    gentlelady Staff Alumni

    :welcome: to SF Preston. I am glad you found us. You will find many people hear who truly do understand what you are going through. As you mentioned, it is nice to have someone who has been there to talk to rather than someone who has just read and studied about it. Settle in and be ready for new relationships to form. Take care. :hug:
  3. mike25

    mike25 Well-Known Member

    Hello PoetMan. Welcome! I read your story. You'll find you're a normal person on this forum. Cya around.
  4. theleastofthese

    theleastofthese SF Friend Staff Alumni

    Welcome to the site, Preston!:smile: I think you'll make a lot of good friends here, as I did, and find the members to be a good lot. We're good at listening and we understand better than most what it's like to be emotionally ill, as we have our own problems too. Again, welcome to the forum!:smile:

  5. SmilePretty

    SmilePretty Staff Alumni


    nice screen name lol
  6. Marshmallow

    Marshmallow Staff Alumni

    Welcome to SF :hug:
  7. welcome to the forum Preston :)

  8. Beret

    Beret Staff Alumni

    :welcome: Preston
  9. Jodi

    Jodi Staff Alumni

  10. thedeafmusician

    thedeafmusician Staff Alumni

    welcome, i must admit i like your screename =)
  11. PoetMan

    PoetMan Well-Known Member

    My screen name is so esoteric, I'm going to use it as my next trivia question.

    Glad you guys like it.
  12. BrokenPieces

    BrokenPieces Well-Known Member

    nice name hun...

    and welcome to the forum ehhee

    Love BP
  13. jane doe

    jane doe Well-Known Member

    hi and welcome, if you ever want to talk with me just let me know, i´ll try to be your support and i want you feel free to post whatever you are feeling. take care
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