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Hello on the la-roue.org forum my name is e884571.

I am a former medical student, I stopped studying a few years after starting, and I suffer from schizophrenia. The goal here is to testify as clearly as possible to what I felt or the little problems that persist a little.

My morale today is pretty good even if it’s not perfect and for some time now I’ve even been able to work part-time again, so I’m happy.

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Emotions jostle in schizophrenia
I would especially like to address caregivers, who, I saw during my studies, often frankly misunderstand what schizophrenic patients feel.

The idea that I have here is to accompany the description of each psychiatric symptom with a testimony of what I felt when I had this symptom so that caregivers have an idea of ​​the possible feeling of the patient at this time. This is my feeling, and not necessarily those of all patients, I imagine that my testimony may have a good interest all the same.

But if other people, just curious about schizophrenia or who have a sick relative are interested, it’s always a pleasure to share my experience.

Apart from misunderstanding there are also many misconceptions, especially among students who have not yet done an internship in psychiatry and whose lectures explain extremely badly the experience of these patients, making them look like crazy people. (at least that was how I felt in our medical school). In the second chapter there are clarifications for this.

If you ever have schizophrenia and you are in a period where you are not well, I invite you not to read these texts too much, at least as soon as you feel that it bothers you too much, wait to go better before continuing, because you risk like me I was to be disturbed by this kind of testimony, after nothing prevents you from reading it anyway.

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What goes on in the minds of people whose behavior we don't understand?

For patients who think they are schizophrenic, yes there is a treatment for this, explaining their symptoms to a psychiatrist should have them prescribe a treatment that will give you relief. If you describe your symptoms well: paranoia, worries on many subjects, etc., normally he should give you treatment that takes care of the problems.

If you have schizophrenia (paranoid, worries about many subjects, many impressions in all directions) without treatment, there are very effective treatments.

It is after very long years that I managed to understand and clearly describe my ideas, even today at 40 years old I sometimes continue to understand new things.

Behind a symptom, there are ideas, feelings.

One of the great interests of these documents for caregivers is to understand that behind a symptom, there are ideas, feelings (surely different from mine, even if mine can give a clue to understand), that we can understand ( more or less difficult) but that therefore, it is interesting to ask the patient what he thinks rather than simply measuring the presence or absence of a symptom, discussing with him and understanding his point of view, this will allow you to change him his way of seeing the world, which is sometimes erroneous, and this will make it possible to adapt the treatment to his problems.

I invite you to really read some articles that I find very interesting:

  • If you are a caregiver:

“Message for students in medicine, nursing, psychology, or anyone to clarify the ideas received about people with schizophrenia.”

  • For everyone:

“Thoughts on schizophrenia, difficulties in understanding others, compassion and empathy” which helps to understand empathy in general.

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