Close this search box.

Living with Schizophrenia – Don’t Panic!

Diagnosis to Success Part 1

Click this video thumbnail to see this post’s complementary content in video form.

So, you’ve just been diagnosed with schizophrenia. For some of you, you may be terrified and confused. For others, like me, you were relieved by finally knowing what you’ve been living through. One thing is for sure: you’re wondering what to do next. Don’t panic! I’ve been where you’re at right now, and guess what? Schizophrenia is an afterthought for me most days. I have a job that I love and am successful at, I live with my beloved and supportive partner and I support her as well, I have hobbies (Minecraft, anyone?), I stay in touch with my family (mostly teaching my niece and nephew naughty words so I can be the ‘cool’ uncle), and I live most days unimpeded by my psychotic symptoms.

Join me as I reveal my personal playbook for conquering schizophrenia

In this Diagnosis to Success series, I’m making YouTube videos that outline my playbook for conquering schizophrenia every single day. In these blogs, the videos’ sister content, I will go into more detail and include as many additional resources as I can think of. Each piece of content will give you actionable things you can do to make sure you stay healthy and avoid psychotic episodes as much as possible.

I’m not some snake oil salesman, by the way. I have lived with schizophrenia for 21 years, and 4 months from now marks the 10th anniversary of living 10 years without having a single psychotic episode. How did I manage to do that? By doing the things I outline in my videos and blogs. I don’t do all the things all at once, in fact, I often neglect to do many of the things I teach on any day-to-day. There is no silver bullet to slaying schizophrenia every day, but if you do enough of these things, living with schizophrenia and having a normal life or two things that can coexist.

You’re not alone!

There are lots of online communities, and they are full of amazingly supportive people who are living through the same schizophrenia symptoms you are. Check out Reddit (see /r/schizophrenia) or Facebook (see Schizophrenia Facebook Group).

Again, there’s no need to panic. Living with schizophrenia is like having an obnoxious family member. They’re not going anywhere, so you just have to manage the oddities and quirks as they come. They’re with you for life, so the best thing to do is find the best ways to live a harmonious life with them. In these videos and blogs, I’ve done the heavy lifting for you. I know the best ways to manage schizophrenia on a day-to-day basis and it starts with knowing that having it is not the end of the world. So, if you believe me, you’re already one step closer. I’ll see you in the next post (P.S. Find the next post by clicking here, it’s about managing expectations).

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Bearded guy wearing blank white t-shirt & denim pants sitting alone at home on grey textile couch. Young man w/ facial hair in domestic situations. Interior background, copy space, close up, monstera.

Subscribe for More Schizophrenia Stories.

Life is an ongoing series of lessons. Because I live with schizophrenia, my hope is that the lessons I learn and the solutions that come from those lessons will help you and anyone else dealing with schizophrenia or mental illness/mental health issues.

I will only send updates that I am completely convinced will be valuable to you. I respect your time by respecting my time. I don’t send frivolous bullshit.


Sorry, sorry! I just thought since you've been on this site for longer than average, you might hear me out?

Why do you do this to me, Ian...

Okay, okay, I'll be quick! I have a newsletter to keep you up-to-date on my content and projects. If my stuff tickles your pickle, help us both out by subscribing!

Also, I don't do anything shady or aggressive with your email address. I'll only send you the good stuff and won't share your email with any person/provider that isn't working for me to serve you better.

'Serve me better.' What deliciously vague jargon. Is this where you pretend to be me and you make me respond with a contrived form of consent because you're bold enough to assume this cute little chat interface gimmick is enough to actually get me to sign up?

Ummm... uhhh... ahh... Sign up and get exclusive discounts and early access!!!! Come ooooon! Induced scarcity is fun!

...alright, well, I'll leave it up to you.

Ian's Creations


The social app for Minecrafters. Share creations, follow friends, set up trades, & live chat.

Art & NFTs

Much like the poetry, another vehicle for humor, social commentary, & occasional beauty.

Homicide App

Arbitrary gatekeeping systems like laws, morals, and forceful intervention make murder more difficult than ever. With, murder from the convenience of home!

The Meme Hotline

Serving dad jokes over automated voice and meme text messages via SMS completely toll-free!

Objektiv Digital

Making websites for successful local businesses. The most effective one-man-agency you'll likely ever find.

Like this nav? It does what every marketing-oriented web designer will tell you not to do: shove as many things in your face as I can!