Have schizophrenia even if i didnt do drugs in my youth? Please explain
My therapist said that’s the big question in all sz with past drug use would I still have it?
I know In my case I wasn’t hearing voices until I began my downward spiral of drug use.
I already had occasional hallucinations before drug use, I guess drugs made them worse.
I have asked a lot of psychiatrists and psychologist the same question and they all said i would have my schizotypi regardless of my bad experiences with drugs.
Hmmm what I understood is that you got it no matter what, probably earlier bc of drug use
Some people are born for a propensity to get schizophrenia due to genetics or whatever other theory they’re working on. Drugs can trigger schizophrenia with this propensity but not cause it, just like trauma or environment can trigger it. So if you had never done drugs you probably would have got it anyways.
@77nick77 said all that needs saying about the causal link being a trigger for it
I did many drugs between 11-17 years old, and I was diagnosed with drug induced psychosis in 2004.
Then when I was 19 I stopped meds, as no one monitored me
Got to 23 before I started getting psychotic again, and didn’t get treatment (Proper treatment) until I was 26 as I refused to seek help
All this went on through studying at University
But, I had not done any drugs at all the second time
I was clean, but it happened anyway
I have the opposite i did do drugs and don’t have sz.
I think drugs are 100% the cause of mental illness
I wondered this question. Getting diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and the suffering I experienced for five and a half months certainly influenced my stopping drug use. But I didn’t use much hard drugs, it was mostly lots of pot. I forgave my mom for relocating me from my paradise in NH which sparked the drug abuse. Was it always a self destructive trait like in me and so many others? How can it be seen as a slow suicide if pot is legalized? How did I get that way? That idea certainly didn’t help. As I said I forgave my mom when I thought long enough and realized because of an obsession i had with something unmentionable, how should I put it, metaphysics . I’m grateful it happened when I was young. I don’t think drugs can do this to one unless it was more extensive, I used a total of nine months only. But sensitive types like me can have their schizophrenia triggered early by drugs.
Eh its an interesting research topic but i found thinking about it to be pointless. No use beating yourself up over previous drug use. Lots of ppl do drugs and never develop sz, and lots of ppl that use drugs have a history of trauma, so if you go further down the pipeline trauma could be the root causal factor at play anyway.
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