I had never experienced symptoms of psychosis before I was 24 years old, that’s when the symptoms of schizophrenia began. I had been diagnosed at 14 with depression and anxiety and suffered from some sort of depersonalization in my late teens but never had psychosis.
But when I was 21 my parents were concerned that I hadn’t been able to hold a job and hadn’t worked in a few years so they met with my psychiatrist and told him to get me on disability. So he tells them I don’t really stand a chance getting on disability for depression and anxiety so how about schizophrenia? He asks me how I feel about being diagnosed with this and I say “hey whatever” thinking at the time that one could actually live independently on SSI.
So I’m now diagnosed with schizophrenia and getting a disability check but have no symptoms of this disorder. The psychosis wasn’t to set in until I came cold turkey off of 700 daily mg’s of Effexor when I was 23/24. The psychosis was to last five years or so, straight. True I was never entirely out of touch with reality as I was always highly aware of my surroundings and could easily pass as sane but I was delusional and “hearing” “voices” for five years straight. Then it all goes away for two years until recently creeping back into my life.
It’s just weird that I was diagnosed before I had symptoms and then years later developed them…