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What age did you have first sz symptoms poll

  • Under 10 years old
  • 10 - 20 years old
  • 21 - 30 years old
  • 31 - 40 years old
  • 41 - 50 years old
  • Over 51 years old

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My thoughts started going wrong at 16. I was (mis) diagnosed with depression at about 19. But I wasn’t formally diagnosed with schizophrenia until 39.

Ive had some form of issues since I was child, social mostly. Episodes started back then too.

I was diagnosed at 21 y.o.

Yep, something went wrong in my teenage years, but got diagnosed with 19 years. I had a view hospital stays and episodes since.

I started having mood swings at age 12. I was diagnosed with depression at age 12.

I was also hallucinating at age 12, but I thought I was seeing real ghosts and so nobody (including myself) thought I had anything but just depression. I told my mom (who was ill) about seeing ghosts and she told me they were real. I never mentioned the ghosts to the psychiatrist.

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Started hearing voices on the radio at the age of 19. Was formally diagnosed at the age of 20. I’ve had the diagnosis for 13 years now. A little over one third of my life. My life preschizophrenia is a distant memory now. Sometimes it feels like it was a dream.

I may have had symptoms before age 20 though I didn’t even know I had psychosis until my first admission at age 23 for suicidal ideation.

Saying I was dead was probably a dead giveaway.

It started at 14 after I have been bullied.

I’ve always been off, but I got noticeable symptoms at 9

I really don’t know. it all seemed normal, until it wasn’t.

I developed negative symptoms around age 11-12 and then I started hearing voices at age 14. I had my first episode at age 15 and I was diagnosed at age 16. I am now 21 and still trying to get my positive symptoms under control. I’m not delusional currently but I’m still very paranoid and hear frequent voices

  1. I was diagnosed sza when I was 21. But that’s changed to just sz a few years later.

I am just curious. Did you not take aps until you turned 39?

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That’s correct @Jake

Symptoms started age 23. First psychosis age 24. Relapse age 25.

Anxiety symptoms began when I was 13, psychosis at 15, and breakdown and diagnosis at 18. I’m 37 now.

I was diagnosed at 26

I had my first symptoms of paranoia (and running away because of it) at age six. And it happened again at age 12 (I ran away again, twice.)

At age 17, I had another paranoia attack and I remember asking myself, is this sz?

At age 23, I had full blown psychotic episodes with paranoia, depersonalization, hallucinations, delusions and situational depression. But, I wasn’t diagnosed with sza until I was 33 years old, after I had gone years with extreme suicidal depression related to grief over my divorce.

This poll was interesting. I closed the poll. 91 % of all voters have had their first sz symptoms when they have been under 31 years old.