What is Schizophrenia?

In this section we examine schizophrenia, common signs and symptoms, statistics, and disease impacts. While schizophrenia directly affects just a small portion of the population (both in the United States and worldwide), the effects of this devastating mental illness are far-reaching, impacting family and friends in addition to the individual diagnosed with the disease.

Schizophrenia is most notably characterized by odd and bizarre behaviors, and it’s these behaviors that often lead to the initial diagnosis. Most experts don’t believe that drug or alcohol abuse causes schizophrenia; it is widely recognized, though, that people with schizophrenia are more likely to abuse alcohol and/or drugs. Substance abuse can make treatments for schizophrenia less effective, however, which can lead to further complications.

Worried woman looking at fingers nails obsessing about cleanliness

Worried woman looking at fingers nails obsessing about cleanliness

We’ve created this guide to explore the relationship between schizophrenia and addiction, the impacts of comorbidity, and solutions for overcoming addiction and mental illness to begin the path down the road of recovery.

Article Recommended by Elizabeth Turner and you can read the full article here: http://www.drugrehab.org/schizophrenia-addiction/

How to Eliminate the Feeling of Worthlessness

How to Eliminate the Feeling of Worthlessness and Not Being Good Enough

If you live under the illusion that you are “not good enough” or “worthless” you will never see yourself as a vessel of abundance. Instead you will see yourself as having a crack or a fault in the vessel.

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Sure we are all flawed in some ways, but this idea that there is something inherently wrong with us is absurd. How did we come to this conclusion? Who is holding the measuring tape? Usually some authority figure, organization or religion that is trying to control us by attacking our self-worth.

 

It is important to understand the distinction between self-improvement and self-worth. At its very core self-improvement says that we are broken and we need to be fixed. It comes from striving to be something or someone other than who you are.

 

Self-worth is acknowledging that you already have everything you need… and that you ARE already the person you’ve been waiting for. There is nothing to reach… no special plateau… There is only BEING in the now and LIVING and ACCEPTING who you are right now…

 

You are worthy because you are at one with all that is. There is no need “self-improvement” because you cannot improve who you are… your true authentic self.

 

So rather than striving to BECOME who you are, you only need to ACCEPT who you are… and that is enough… your best is good enough. Said another way… if you think, feel, or sense where you are today isn’t good enough, then nothing you can do or achieve will ever be good enough… you become trapped in the belief that you must always strive for more in order to be complete… the truth is you can’t be fixed because you are not broken… you are a unique and powerful person and there is no one quite like you.

 

To help clarify this a bit more, let’s go to the metaphor of the acorn and the oak tree. The acorn is complete… but it still is not an oak tree. It contains the BLUEPRINT of the oak tree and by realizing its CAPACITY to be an oak tree on a day-to-day basis; it grows into the fullness of that inherent blueprint. We are like the acorn and each of us has the ability to embrace the perfect blueprint of our greatness by accepting our capacity to do so.

 

The ONLY way you can eliminate the feeling that you are “not enough” is to declare RIGHT NOW that you HAVE THE CAPACITY for greatness and that you are good enough just the way you are right now and then start to live that on a daily basis… and with that comes the freedom to just be in the now… no past or future… just focusing on the now.

 

What is important to remember is we ARE the vessel… and like the acorn… it is a vessel that naturally expands to make room for us to expand into a fuller, richer and more loving person. By declaring to yourself you have the CAPACITY for greatness… you will be able to accept yourself as you are right now… and know deep down inside you… are good enough… you are an admirable, loving person… and instead of seeing yourself as being different… you see yourself as unique… because there is no one else quite like you…

 

And by accepting who you are… right now… will bring you a new awareness and every day, IF YOU LOOK FOR IT, you will notice a lesson or a manifestation that you are making progress… It may be subtle… or it could be an Ah! Ha! Moment… But no matter how large or small, take a moment to notice and acknowledge it… it will only take a few moments and will AUTOMATICALLY put you in the universal flow of life…

 

-Adapted from a message from Dr. Robert Anthony