Do you, as a schizophrenic, appear normal when someone is talking to you?
I do not want to offend anyone in here, but here’s the thing: my psychiatrist denied me clozapine last week because, in essence, I appear too normal - at least in the way I present when in the doctor’s room. I talk about having voices that bug me 24/7, but apparently I appear to talk about it with great insight and normality.
So, he concluded I wasn’t a treatment resistant schizophrenic. I’m in New Zealand here by the way.
He told me schizophrenics he interviews typically appear disjointed in their speech, some slightly incoherent…but definitely appearing outside the norm of a person you typically speak with. They also may be severely distracted by voices, etc. He said they’ll lack the ability to talk about their symptoms with any real insight, etc.
My question is – for the schizophrenics in here, do you appear relatively normal? When my psychiatrist denied me clozapine my mind thought of the schizophrenia.com forums and I believe that most people in here seem quite normal in their presentation of information. Very little is actually disjointed and people in here display good insight into their condition.
I’ve seen plenty of American schizophrenics and they appear quite normal, in fact above average many times, when seeing them on YouTube. Either there is a massive misdiagnosis of schizophrenia in America or New Zealand schizophrenics are different.
What are your views on this?