One of the most difficult parts about having schizophrenia are the physiological effects it has had on my body. The illness caused me to become paranoid and stressed to the point where I could only sleep 2 to 3 hours per night. I had psychosis and neurosis and I had lost all my friends and I was out of touch with my family. The combination of stress and sleeplessness caused the male parts of my body to become dysfunctional. As a natural de-stressing mechanism I began having unbridled erections. It was extremely embarrassing and difficult to deal with. On top of this, it was during my first episode of schizophrenia. I was too much inside my own mind and I developed a number of misconceptions regarding the reasons I had all these erections.