I’ve ultimately been living with schizoaffective disorder for over 20 years.
It has totally taken me down, in the sense that I am a fraction of the person I used to be.
Much of my progress has either slowed down or is at a complete halt (depending on the area).
Some people—many people—are unable to handle severe mental illness, due to what it does to them.
There are individuals who succumb to addiction, which makes it even tougher for them to get along.
The only time I engaged in any sort of behavior that one might call “addictive” (aside from eating too much), is when I self-medicated with alcohol, two to three times a week in college.
Those were some pretty challenging days, but all days with this illness are challenging!
I eventually got on a consistent regimen of meds, and gave up alcohol consumption altogether.
It’s hard, and there’s no way around that fact.
All in all, you could say, I am one of the lucky ones!
I am medication compliant, I don’t drink or use street drugs, and I try to have (and live) a better life.
To those close to me especially, they sometimes hear me say that “life sucks.”
And, the fact is… it can and does for many people!
I am self-tasked, though, to do my best—in all things.
Have a great day/night!