Things have been quiet for me in regards to my schizophrenia for the last several weeks. Spring and early summer have traditionally been the best times of year for me. This year is no exception. Still exercising six days a week on average. I’m still getting out of the apartment and going to the parks or the mall to people watch and be out and about more days than not. Haven’t had any real problems with depression, anxiety, or agitation for at least a couple months. Haven’t really been anywhere besides visiting family for several months. It’s been a stable and drama free go for a long time.
I can attribute this stretch of no news to a few things. For one, I’ve learned over fifteen years with a diagnosis what causes problems and how to avoid them. I traditionally haven’t done well in large crowds and fast paced environments. So I usually do most of my shopping errands in the early morning or late night to avoid crowds. I typically avoid driving during high traffic times. I couldn’t get away with this living in a large metroplex. But there are some advantages to living in smaller towns for those with mental illness, less stress and slower pace being among those.
While I don’t tell complete strangers I have a mental illness, I have found there is less stigma and less uneasiness when I do discuss it with others then there was fifteen years ago. When I was in college I never told anyone outside of a few close friends I had a mental illness. But seems that people are not as ill at ease as they once were. As stress and anxiety become bigger issues afflicting more people, the stigmas of mental illness will break down even faster.
I’ve never been one that thrived on drama and instability in my personal or work life. It’s been pretty uneventful with my mental illness for quite some time. And I’m liking it just fine. No news is often good news, especially with a mental illness.