Sorry, I know this post is a bit late to welcome you to the site, but welcome just the same. I've been away from the site, but it is always good to see new people and I hope you can forgive us for not replying for months.
I have schizoaffective disorder, depressive type and was definitely paranoid, still am sometimes when exhibiting symptoms. I know how much that can interfere with your life. I'm glad that you don't regret your time in the Navy and feel like it was worthwhile. I admire anyone who serves their country in that capacity.
I have trouble with anhedonia and the lack of motivation/interest too.
Pets are definitely a plus. We have a dog and my SO and I call him our emotional sponge because anytime one of us is upset, he is right there to soak up the worry and hurt and love on us like crazy.
Thank you for trusting us enough to introduce yourself. I hope to see you around a little more.
Each problem carries with it the seeds of its own solution. If you don't have any problems you don't get any seeds. --Norman Vincent Peale
Hello everybody, my username is Squid98 because I was on a ship for about a year in the US Navy. So, I'm a "squid" and not a "swab" which is a sailor who lives on land. I'm glad I joined the Navy, even though I got sick with Paranoid-Type Schizophrenia while enlisted. A medical person recently told me that I may now have Residual-type Schizophrenia, but I will update y'all on that when I talk to my psychiatrist about it. I enjoy sewing and building model car kits. I gained weight when I began taking meds, and I still take meds and so that makes it more challenging to lose weight. Also, my SZ symptom of "lack of motivation" sometimes affects my desire to exercise. I have pets. I have been living with SZ since 1997.
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