A great website with lots of artwork fighting the stigma of mental illnesses, including schizophrenia. At our next meeting, we'll take a look at the website and some of the artwork on it. After, we'll create our own artwork to fight the stigma on schizophrenia and we can put it up somewhere for others to see if you'd like. I was thinking maybe the resource room at your school?
Dissociation is natural-- we all do it. It ranges from day-dreaming and being, "in the zone" to acute stress/crisis response, to Dissociative Identity Disorder. Obviously a little is OK, but more and more can be problematic for living a healthy life; give yourself permission to dissociate sometimes, but try to lessen it-- BE PRESENT!
Both of these illnesses are serious and require ongoing psychiatric treatment. Out of control, either than severely disrupt a person's life and relationships. Perhaps Schizoaffective Disorder may be a little more complicated, because the person still has psychotic symptoms even when no active mood problem is expressing itself. So, the medications needed may be more.
For me, having MS is exhausting. I am constantly fighting to stay awake as I never sleep more than 3 hours at a time, to walk in a straight line while my world is spinning due to dizziness, to stay ccol because heat exacerbates my symptoms, ignore the pain, numbness and spasticity in my muscles, don't choke on my own saliva, beverages or small bites of food and attempt to keep my wits about me when my cognition is non-existant. Yes, it's manageable, livable, treatable but NOT curable.