• Beth Beth
    November 27, 2008
    Does Schizophrenia get worse with age? And can you be aware of it? Should I tell someone?
    Beth Beth
    November 27, 2008








    Alright, so I am in a psychology class right now and it has kind of opened my eyes.

    So the deal with me is:

    I have delusions that I am aware of but STILL think of that everything I do is being broadcasted for an entire different world to see, and that I am an experiment and all those around me are actors. (Basically like The Truman Show with Jim Carey, if you've ever seen it)

    Sometimes I think they can hear whats going on inside my head too.



    I am only 16 but for the last couple years I hear "voices."
    It is not very often, but when it happens I become incredibly fearful and always try to push the thoughts away. I have never really "listened" so I have no idea what they're saying...


    Like I mentioned before, my psychology class made me notice these things, because before I didn't think of them as a big deal in the least.



    Today I found out after asking my adoptive mom why my biological mom had been admitted to a mental institution before, she told me she was diagnosed with schizophrenia. Unfortunately, all she really knows is that it made her really scared (maybe voices?) and she is on medicine.

    After doing research online, I found information from the DSM-IV and found that I fit a lot of the symptoms. (I'll list them at the bottom of this, but I don't want you to have to read more then you want to)

     

    I don't know what this means, and MY MAIN QUESTION IS:

    If I do in fact have schizophrenia, will it get worse as I get older?

     

     

    Right now, I don't notice it affecting other people's lives, and I am of no danger to anybody.
    But I am afriad it will get worse.




    If it is not affecting others, should I tell anybody?











    Symptoms I have:

     

    --Staring, while in deep thought, with infrequent blinking.
    --Clumsy, inexact motor skills
    --Sleep disturbances- insomnia or excessive sleeping
    --Involuntary movements of the tongue or mouth (facial dyskinesias). Grimacing at the corners of the mouth with the facial muscles, or odd movements with the tongue.
    --Parkinsonian type symptoms- rigidity, tremor, jerking arm movements, or involuntary movements of the limbs
    --An awkward gait (how you walk)
    --Unusual gestures or postures
    --The inability to experience joy or pleasure from activities (called anhedonia)
    --Feeling indifferent to important events
    --Hypersensitivity to criticism, insults, or hurt feelings
    --Sudden irritability, anger, hostility, suspiciousness, resentment
    --suicidal ideation
    --Inability to form or keep relationships
    --Social isolation- few close friends if any. Little interaction outside of immediate family.
    --Increased withdrawal, spending most of the days alone.
    --Becoming lost in thoughts and not wanting to be disturbed with human contact
    --Replaying or rehearsing conversations out loud- i.e. talking to yourself
    --Making up new words (neologisms)
    --Becoming incoherent or stringing unrelated words together (word salad)
    --Frequent loose association of thoughts or speech- when one thought does not logically relate to the next

    --Racing thoughts
    --In conversation you tend to say very little (called poverty of speech or alogia)
    --Suddenly halting speech in the middle of a sentence (thought blocking)
    --Difficulty expressing thoughts verbally. Or not having much to say about anything.

    --Poor concentration/ memory. Forgetfulness
    --Nonsensical logic
    --Difficulty understanding simple things
    --Obsessive compulsive tendencies- with thoughts or actions
    --Thinking that your thoughts are being broadcast over the radio or tv
    --Auditory hallucinations

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  • Christina Bruni
    Health Guide
    November 27, 2008
    Christina Bruni
    Health Guide
    November 27, 2008

    Hello Beth,

     

    It's imperative to get into treatment right away if you feel you're having symptoms of schizophrenia or psychosis.  I'm not a psychiatrist so can't diagnose or treat medical condtions.

     

    From what you've said, though, you may need to be on medication, and the sooner you get it, the better the outcome will be.  No one who truly has schizophrenia does well in the long-term unless he or she takes the medication every day, as prescribed.

     

    Again, I can't tell you take medication; a qualified doctor has to make that determination.

    I urge you to make an appointment to put your mind at ease.

     

    Lastly, read the SharePosts written by the experts here.  Robin has an MBA; I have an MLS, we work and do the blogs.

     

    Schizophrenia can get better with age, but only if the patient who has the schizophrenia commits to a drug routine.  It is rare that someone with schizophrenia can do well, off the meds.

     

    Regards,

    Chrisstina


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  • Donna-1 November 29, 2008
    Donna-1
    November 29, 2008
    This sounds like a good time for you to take charge of the situation and be honest with your adoptive mom about your concerns about yourself. Since your mother had mental illness, surely your adoptive mom would be on the lookout for any sign of illness in you. But maybe not -- she might not be aware of what's going on. A visit with a psychiatrist could help in two ways, by either putting your mind at ease that you do not have schizophrenia, or by putting you on medication that will help lessen the symptoms. But now is the time, not later in life when you are trying to get through college or start a career. Be advised, though, that the illness of schizophrenia may not be diagnosed immediately. A psychiatrist usually needs to observe you for a few months before giving such a diagnosis. But he or she, in any event, is trained to diagnose and treat -- not you, or me, or your adoptive mom. Best wishes. Carolyn READ MORE
  • Michelle January 08, 2010
    Michelle
    January 08, 2010

    Hi Beth,

    I am in the Military and trying to cope with my brother who was diagnosed with Paranoid Schitzophrenia a few years ago. After some type of a drug overdose, he was hospitalized and remained in a mental institution for 9 years. They tried all kinds of medication and therapy. My mother finally was able to get him out of that place and attempt to help him lead a normal life. It has been three years and although he's taking six different meds a day, I believe his symptoms are getting worse. He's 33 years old and speaks of kiling frogs for the justice of humanity ect. I worry greatly about him and my mother trying to help him out stresses her out so I worry abourt her too. I guess what I am trying to tell you is that you're not alone. There are resources out there to help you and I definitly think the sooner you get started, the better you will be in the long run. Over time it can get worse, even with medications.

     

    Michelle

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  • loving lady November 18, 2009
    loving lady
    November 18, 2009

    You need to find this radio show online called health  talk! Interesting show about auditory hallucinations. Some great organizations to help were also mentioned and represented. They said that often if people don't freak out about these voices it is not so scary and becomes less of a problem. The voices are actually heard in the ear like an actual sound. Interesting. Food allergies and sensitivities-Check into this! Be aware that food sensitivities often do not show up on an allergy test. Stop eating wheat and read up on wheat allergy and sensitivities in relation to schizophrenia. Eat lots of veggies-fruits and omega 3's.

     

    You should tell your folks- so you can get help and monitor the condition. Maybe they could help to find a doctor who does natural medicine or a homeopath. Don't worry just get in touch with some docs you can trust. There are so many things you can do to lower your risk of getting unmanageable. Listen to that show- share it with your folks-be well. Excellent self awareness skills! 

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    • aumgal
      July 08, 2011
      aumgal
      July 08, 2011

      Hello Folks,

      I have Sz.I am managing it with Homeopathy,meditation, exercise and diet.

      i am getting better and better :-). Try to get in touch ith a good homeopath

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