I have a hypothesis. Something that I’ve noticed that happens when I have an episode is that it is like people distrust me and are testing me to see what I will do (perhaps subconsciously), and this exacerbates my paranoia (or really kicks it off actually).
I’ve also noticed that when I have an episode, animals pee on my clothes (a possible symptom of distrust?)
Also, the following article indicates that oxytocin eases the symptoms of schizophrenia:
[New Scientist Article - Google it; cannot post link]
Oxytocin is a pheromone that increases trust between two people.
And this article talks of another chemical (perhaps a pheromone) called MHA that is present in higher levels in people with schizophrenia:
[Google " CHEMICAL IN SWEAT AND INABILITY TO SMELL IT MAY BE SCHIZOPHRENIA MARKER"
One hypothesis is that this (or another pheromone being exuded) is like anti-oxytocin, and creates distrust, hence the testing.
Does anyone else feel like people are testing them when they’re having an episode?