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Different diagnoses from different doctors

During my first admittance in a psychiatric ward I was told that I had schizophrenia. After I was released into the community, I was taken off anti psychotics after a while because my community psychiatrist said that I had experienced cannabis induced psychosis. I continued to use cannabis and I relapsed and once again, I met with new psychiatrists who I had not met before in the psychiatric ward. They tried to convince me that I had schizophrenia. I was released to the same psychiatrist in the community and he said he would eventually take me off anti psychotics again. I was admitted to the ward again but this time because of risk of suicide. I met again with a new team of psychiatrists and they were unsure of my diagnosis. No-one in my known family history had schizophrenia and I first started showing psychotic symptoms after a few years of heavy cannabis usage. I was diagnosed with drug induced psychosis and I was referred to a new community psychiatrist. He talked with my previous community psychiatrist and they’ve concluded that I experienced cannabis induced psychosis, and then a relapse due to continual use of cannabis. Either that or I have psychotic depression.
I really don’t know what to make of this because I’ve been told I’ve had schizophrenia and also that I don’t.
Could anyone share some opinion or insight?

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My first psychiatrist when i was 17 diagnosed me with major depression. During my second stay at a mental hospital at 23 I was diagnosed with schizophrenia. My current psychiatrist diagnosed me with schizoaffective, bipolar type and OCD. In my opinion the most important thing is the treatment plan. If the treatment works, stick to it.

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If I was in your position I think I would stay away from the marijuana and see if the symptoms resolve. That seems like the simple way to rule out schizophrenia.

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Drug induced psychosis can be very similar to schizophrenia, I agree with @leaf.

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Yes, I agree with Zeno and leaf.

Simple solution to problem you dont have to have.

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I would also advice that.

My current psychiatrist has me on 25mg IMI of palieperidone. He’s waiting to see if my prolactin levels are still too high. If they are, he is going to take me off antipsychotics. I haven’t had any symptoms for almost a year now while I’ve been on antipsychotics.

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