Self-Care in Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder Is Hard
With schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder, self-care can be hard. Things that most people take for granted, like showering, can become a looming, stressful chore. But why? Why is self-care so difficult for people with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder?
Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder, and Self-Care
As someone with schizoaffective disorder, I’ll tell you why showering is difficult for me. I know most people love the feeling of luxuriating in a hot shower with hot water cascading over them. But to me, it just seems overstimulating. All that water rushing down on me, making so much noise, almost seems like an assault. And in my apartment, it’s very tricky to get the water to just the right temperature. Hey, if I’m going to brave through a shower, it better be exactly the perfect temperature.
I’d much rather take baths, and I usually do. But I hate washing my hair in the bath. I have long, dark hair, and it gets everywhere when I wash it. A shower rinses it all away. The perfect solution, except I still don’t like showers. The result: I’m clean except for my greasy hair. So I have been washing my hair in the bath lately, because I hate the feeling of an oily scalp.
Don’t get me started on brushing my teeth. I hate it, but I dutifully face up to the task twice a day. Why do I hate it? Well, it used to be the toothpaste I used. Again, the minty sting all over my mouth seemed like an assault. Solution -- I switched to children’s toothpaste. I use the bubble gum flavor. I’ve been brushing my teeth much more consistently since I switched.
Why Self-Care Is Important in Schizoaffective Disorder, Schizophrenia
I’m really embarrassed to be telling you all this stuff about self-care (Good Self-Care is Vital to Mental Health Recovery). It’s funny; I’ve told you I hear voices and that I get suicidal. But I’m embarrassed about hating to bathe and to brush my teeth, even though I do it anyway? Aside from switching to children’s toothpaste, I have another motivation to brush. I quit smoking a few years ago. A lot of people with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder smoke because the nicotine is so calming. But to fully reap the benefits of giving up cigarettes, I feel I should take good care of my teeth.
Now that we have that out of the way, there’s the issue of my occasionally greasy hair. All I can say is: hey, I’m doing the best I can, okay? There was a time when I just didn’t bathe every day. It wasn’t until I started running every morning and would be sweating when I got home that I started bathing every day and washing my hair in the bath more.
Lately, I’ve been showering to wash my hair every other night -- and even wearing makeup. I take a bath every morning after my run. It makes me feel better about myself to take the time to take care of myself. It makes me feel like I matter. And I do matter, even if sometimes I have greasy hair.
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Caudy, E. (2016, March 10). Self-Care in Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder Is Hard, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2022, September 25 from https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/creativeschizophrenia/2016/03/self-care-and-schizophrenia
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What is best self care tips for schizoeffective disorder other than exercise please share tips
Dear Singh, Thank you for your comment. I think what are the "best" self-care tips vary from person to person, or even from day to day. Some days, I love soaking in a hot bath. Other days, I just don't feel like it. But what I immediately thought of when I read your comment is something that happened last night: I was in a really bad mood, so I decided to wash my face and put on my eye cream and facial moisturizer. After that, I felt better. So self-care can be as simple as washing your face. I hope that helps! Best, Elizabeth
I am bipolar & have an aversion to bathing & brushing my teeth. I simply lack the desire. Is there a med to stimulate the part of my brain responsible for motivation to groom?
Hi Laura! Thanks for your comment. You and I are a little different in that you lack the desire to groom, while I am afraid of it. I groom by forcing myself. I force myself to brush my teeth twice a day. (Did you know Kurt Cobain hated to brush his teeth and only bathed and washed his hair once a week?) I take baths 6 days a week (on a good week) and fortunately I enjoy the baths, for the most part. I shower and wash my hair once a week, and I prefer to do it when my husband is home. I started shaving my legs again and I always dread it but then when I actually do it, I like it. It's kind of relaxing! I don't shave my armpits because, for whatever reason, I like having hairy pits, lol. To answer your question, I don't know if there's a medication to stimulate that part of the brain. I haven't heard of one. I hope that helps! Best, Elizabeth
I am on Zyprexa and unsure if it is the best for me. Elizabeth, what antipsychotic are you taking? I am new to this.
Thank you for your comment. If you are unsure as to whether your antipsychotic is the best for you, please consult your doctor.
Does anyone with schizophrenia out there have a dr who prescribed 3 antipsychotics at once???
The most I've been on at once was two.
Well i get confused a lot due to the ton of stuff that goes through my jead a minute thinking of several things at once. Because of that i tend to be tired a lot and sleep through classes. I slso got this habit of murmuring stuff when my head is too full and i can say i murmur and think suicidal thoughts more than 10 times a day.
I find it very hard to keep clean...