Is this a sign of illness?


#1

If a person become totally obsessed with reading about mental disorders (especially SZ/SZA) and spent nights and nights without sleep completely absorbed by thoughts on SZ/SZA - about if the person actually has the illness or if they are faking it. He has 30 tapes opened up all on SZ/SZA and his thoughts are racing. Would this person be unwell or is this what normal do?


#2

If you’re asking whether someone can will himself to develop schizophrenia, the answer is no, unless he starts taking recreational drugs in a destructive fashion, then maybe yes.


#3

No this person already has Dx of SZA but becomes obsessed with the Dx, - if he has it or not so reads every bit literature on it totally consumed thinking he hasn’t got it.


#4

He clearly wants to overcome the illness. I was obsessed about schizophrenia cures until I found something that worked without side effects, Niacin. Maybe he will stumble across something that works for him.


#5

I think its normal. It just shows that the person is very sad he has sz and wants to get rid of it and works hard to acheve it.


#6

I read everything I can about it.some of the information is useless though.


#7

Speaking as someone who goes through similar, but just not quite as bad, I would say it’s not exactly normal. For me it’s not whether I’m faking it though , but wondering whether I’m really mentally ill or just socially dysfunctional.
I have these thoughts despite a part of me saying ‘Would you really have been under psychiatric care for nearly 45 years if you were just socially dysfunctional?’


#8

I’m glad I’m not alone - but sorry you go through similar.

I can’t seem to comprehend I have SZA. I am convinced I am faking it and think my pdoc does too despite him constantly putting me on a CTO. I’m worried about asking him directly because I’m worried about his response. I have asked my community nurse and he reassures me that I’m not faking it and that I have catastrophic thinking.


#9

Lack of insight is part of the disease.


#10

I know from experience that’s very hard to deal with.


#11

I constantly question if I have a severe mental illness.
Denial is part of the disorder.


#12

I take online tests over and over again hoping it tells me I’m fine but I never am.


#13

Is it outright denial though or doubt? Like being fat and saying you’re not vs wondering whether you are or not ,ie you are uncertain.


#14

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