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Paranoid schizophrenia help

Has anyone heard of anyone suffering for 5 years and then they are off meds and are ok?

I was under the early intervention team for 3 years and then referred to the recovery and support team and after i was referred got put on new meds and then was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia i stopped taking meds on Christmas day last year and never felt better im not on any antipsychotics anymore just amitryptiline to help me sleep n with anxiety

Did they get it wrong or can some people be cured if thats the right word to use? Tia x

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Yes, it’s possible theoretically

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I was off meds for 2 years, but I was really struggling for those 2 years. I definitely wouldn’t say I felt better than ever during that time. Eventually I ended up psychotic in hospital.

Im sorry to hear that @everhopeful i hope ur doing better now x

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Yes according to my pdoc 5% of those diagnosed with first psychosis can live off meds symptoms free for the rest of their life. Though if you relapse after stopping meds chances are that you will need meds for life. Some ppl here relapsed after up to 8yrs.

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It is not possible without meds. Either…

Ahh right i see so not outa the woods yet then @Aziz hopefully im that 5% thank u x

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I think there is a diagnosis called brief psychotic disorder where you recover without meds.

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It went on since 2016 tho i dont believe i was ever diagnosed correctly but the psychiatrist seemed to think i was but im not suffering anymore like i was i just dont ever wana go back there again x

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How many episodes have you had? Or was it one continuous one while on medication?

I went off my meds in 2015 around Christmas time as well. Think went GREAT for 6 months. Never felt better. That is, until I hit a bipolar swing. Then I started having a really tough time. Anxiety and crying spells. Luckily, I caught it before it before an episode started and went back on my meds.

I wish you the best of luck and I hope the good times continue!

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That really weird I have had that exact same thing but I was paranoid as well after 6 months I was psychotic again but I’m on a lower dose now and hope that I wont have to be on it for life

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@Luke83 i don’t know is the best answer i got diagnosed with psychosis nos and psychotic depression when i was with the early intervention team then i had my baby and then i was diagnosed with schizophrenia and it seemed to go downhill from there but i was put on new meds i was on abilify and it wasnt helping so they put me on flupenthixol and i seemed to improve to the point the took me off the injection and put me on olanzapine and i kept stopping it and then i did stop it and ive been alright ever since and my annoying neighbours moved out on saturday yay i believe they were my problem all along x

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@makebelieve im really sorry it didnt work out for u and its good that u manage to nip it in the bud so to speak before u got any worse thanks alot :smiley: x

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@Imsobored im sorry to hear that i hope that u get better and eventually dont need them to best of luck x

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Twenty percent of the people fully recover from schizophrenia.

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Ok thank u @deezinageorge i hope it continues x