Am I developing Schizophrenia? I don't know what to do!

Nope : I’ll tell you about my way of seeing things at another time, but already seen that…

what have you already seen?

Hum some other time, I’ll share the experience I’ve in mind. Now, its not a good time, me doing a couple of things at the same time.

i like the sound of that. stay in touch.

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You really need to speak to a doctor about this. It could be anything and a doctor can rule other things out, they need to rule other things out.

I think you are really amazing for noticing signs in yourself; not everybody does. When you mention that to the doctor it will help them in ruling or ruling against a diagnosis.

Thank you all for the support and wise advice. I have an appointment with my Doctor this afternoon.

@Anna It depends on the night. Generally I am not sleeping very deeply and and keep waking up.

@L.ogan I live in a country with free healthcare. I am very happy for you that your friends stood by you. That kind of situation is a true test of friendship if there ever was one.

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A lot of my neurotypical friends say they sometimes hear faint music when nothing is playing. This is generally due to conditioning the brain to expect stimuli at certain times. It’s the same reason people sometimes feel their phone vibrate when it didn’t actually go off. It’s a product of our society. That’s not to say it isn’t unsettling, but it might not be as big a deal as you think.

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It could be stress. It could be anxiety. Or a combination. I’m no doctor either. How did your appointment go today?

My schizophrenia started out slowly. It took me 6 years to “come back” to a somewhat functioning person. On meds. I still have cognitive dysfuntion. I hear voices. I suffer from anhedonia. Those are the things I notice in me. There is propably more.

My Doctor thinks that it is a combination of stress and anxiety due to other health problems and ongoing investigations. However many things are abnormal right now including my poor sleep and it is the possibility of schizophrenia that is stressing me the most.

How old were you when the diagnosis was made? And was there anything you would have done differently if you knew what was on the way?

Kudos to you for reaching a point where you are functioning again after what must have been six very hard and long years. How was your support network during this time?

@johan I’m really glad that you consulted your doctor about your symptoms.

I do not have sz/a so I can’t comment on that, but I have been diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder, major depression, and also OCD. A lot of what you describe sounds familiar to me. I would recommend that you talk to your p-doc about medication options as well as consult a therapist. I have found both to be very helpful in managing my symptoms. Also, symptoms and MI diagnoses can change over time so it’s important to work closely with your doctor.

It also never ceases to amaze me how stress can impact both mental and physical health. For example, when I am under severe stress, I can feel dizzy, disoriented, develop migraines, have vision problems, have stomach problems, sleep too much or have fitful sleep, become disorganized, forget what I’m doing or forget a word or mishear when someone else is talking—and the list goes on and on. For example, I was in a meeting at work the other day and I thought I heard the presenter at the meeting refer to someone as a “crushed pumpkin”—so I asked the person sitting next to me–and it turns out the presenter had said “country bumpkin”. At least I got a chuckle out of that one :grinning:

Anyway, please continue working with your doctor on managing your symptoms. Take care.

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I was 31 i think. Or 32. I had been psychotic for two years. I have very few clear nondelusional memories from this episode. I had my mom, my sister and my husband taking care of me when I was not in hospital.

It’s been 6 hard years. But it’s in my nature to not give up when you are encountering new obstacles in life. I have been there, given up on life, several times, but somehow I bounce back up again.

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If I knew what was going on…I would have called the doctor.

I hope it is ok that I respond I’m a parent to a 33 yr old Bi polar with schizophrenic episodes. At least that is the latest label given to her from a psychiatrist . She has been hospitalized 6 or 7 times and only for 3 to 4 weeks at a time. What is a childhood episode because I just thought she was artistic? Both of her parents are artists so we are more tolerant of the unusual .

When you would have untreated schizophrenia it wouldn’t be possible to understand you

That’s not necessarily true, @Dunno. We have several people with untreated schizophrenia on this site, and while their thinking can be distinctly odd to delusional, they are perfectly intelligible.

From the forum guidelines, which apparently no one reads these days…

There is a separate forum for Parents, Caregivers, and Family located here.


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Not always, but the one I’m thinking of is no longer here.

In that case I would stay abstinent from alcohol and drugs.

Its best to consult with a competent psychiatrist.
It could be a number of different psychiatric disorders, anything from Generalized Anxiety to a Psychotic disorder.

No one on this site can properly diagnose you.

Best of luck with everything.