I've always been convinced that I was destined to die young. Now my fear seems to be coming true. To put it bluntly, studies are now out that suggest a 25% decrease in life expectancy for schizophrenics. Right now, I'm 45 years old. How much longer can I expect to live?
The primary reason given for the decrease in life expectancy is an increased risk for cardiovascular disease. As it stands:
1) my weight is normal
2) my cholesterol is 210 untreated (currently treated and 160)
3) my untreated blood pressure is 150/100 (currently treated and 125/80)
4) my fasting blood glucose is 100 (untreated)
5) I am sedentary
These are, of course, things I need to discuss with a doctor. I guess I'm just venting my fears. Are any of yens out there scared like I am?
I am mostly scared of the quality of life I might have to undergo as an older person rather than the length of it. If I don't end up homeless at some point I am afraid I will end up in some difficult situation without being able to help myself or end up being abused by a caregiver at a home for the destitute elderly. I have no kids, and I am struggling some days as it is.
I agree with philo, a healthy life is also short, life expectancy should not be given the time. But I like philo am afraid of the way I may go whether my life be long or short. Long life sucks when you really think about it, right?
Thanks, guys. One of the things I do when I'm upset is to out and out google a phrase that expresses my distress. I tried "terrified of dying." I found out that I have a lot of company. People expressed the same sort of terror I often feel -- that is most people did. It really didn't matter whether they were religious or not, the experience was the same. I think what it really boils down to is loss of control. When you die you experience -- at least for a time -- complete loss of control.
I also fear the same things you mentioned, philo. About quality of life, though, It's hard to have much life quality when you're scared to death half the time.
I hear you. I don't think I'm ready for death because I haven't worked out what I believe and all that stuff, and I'm in the middle of life problems now. Plus I am blamed by the voices for a lot of things, like not working, so I'm afraid of dying while I'm in the "wrong". I would like to be correct when I die. As you might have gleaned from other posts of mine I would like to be enlightened, which would give me a peaceful existence after death (or something like that......). I would say try to work out what you believe and then you won't have to be that scared.
Is it claiming that pple dx'd w/ schz have shorter life spans if they do not take care of themself? B/c people dx'd w/ schz are less likely to be treated for medical needs, less likely to have stable housing, meals, etc.
I agree with Birch. Schizophrenia itself will not make you die early. What happens is many schizophrenics go untreated and don't care for themselves, don't see doctors, don't get adequate nutrition, etc. If you treat your schizophrenia and are able to provide basic needs for yourself (regular food, sleep, exercise, get checked by a doc if you need to) then you will be fine.
In other words, being diagnosed schizophrenic will not make you die early.