Getting the Right Treatment Right Away

Getting the right treatment right away can totally stop symptoms or minimize their effect on your life.

The earlier a person with schizophrenia is treated with medication, the more likely the medication will work, according to the Harvard Mental Health Letter November 2008.

I’ve seen what can happen when treatment is delayed for years and years. You can read certain other female bloggers’ accounts and you will see how a person’s life can be hell because they revolve in and out of the hospital or have ongoing symptoms.

That. Does not. Have to be the norm.

You don’t have to live in hell. You don’t have to revolve in and out of hospitals for years and years before you can get better.

You can get better quickly if you get the right help, right away.

I go against the idea that a person should be in pain and not get help. “Help” doesn’t always require medication. Yet for those of us who can be helped by getting the right treatment, right away, I will not remain silent.

No: I will not be complicit in advancing the idea that it’s OK for a person with schizophrenia to be in pain for the rest of his life, or for years and years because he or she shouldn’t take medication.

You can read the other female schizophrenia memoirs. You can see the hell those women live in. You can be a JD and wear a suit to work and still have major ongoing episodes. You can publish a memoir in 2005 and revolve in and out of the hospital every year after the book comes out for 10 years straight.

There has to be a better way than that: a life where you can recover quickly and not be burdened by hell for the rest of your life.

“Hell” doesn’t have to be the guaranteed outcome for a person diagnosed with schizophrenia.

I’m against living in hell if you don’t have to.

I’m pro-medication when it’s necessary to stop or halt symptoms.

I’m pro-recovery. I’m pro-having a better life.

I’m pro-creative.

A life of hell and heartache doesn’t have to be the norm.

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Author: Chris Bruni

Christina Bruni is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir Left of the Dial. She owns a resume writing and career help business. She contributed a chapter "Recovery is Within Reach" to Benessere Psicologico: Contemporary Thought on Italian American Mental Health. As well as an author and activist, Bruni is an artist and a fitness buff.

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