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Thursday, September 04, 2008 Lisa1983, Community Member, asks

Q: Do I have Schizophrenia?

I'm beginning to think I do. I cannot stop my racing brain, and for years have been drinking every night to stop the racing thoughts. I just cannot turn off my mind. And it's strange things I think of. When I get really drunk I black out and say all kinds of crazy things to my family. Lies. About nothing. I cant sleep without drinking, and I have to sleep on the couch where I can see the front door, because I fear someone will break in in the night. I can't be in the dark, or in my basement because something might be there. I am headed to rehab for the drinking, but does anyone think schizophrenia should be looked into? 

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Christina Bruni, Health Guide
9/ 8/08 8:03am

Hi Lisa1983,

 

Please, to put your mind at ease, see a professional.

 

It could be schizophrenia, it could be anxiety, you'll never know unless it's checked out, and the sooner you get help, the better, before it becomes a total disability.

 

Your story reminds me of someone I know who has a mild form of schizophrenia.  He drank to self-medicate, to deal with the symptoms.

 

There is help and hope for you, so reach out and ask for that help.

 

I wish you all the best.

 

Regards,

cb

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Ashley Smith, Community Member
9/ 5/08 11:02am
Hello Lisa1983, I am not a doctor, but if I were you I would contact a psychiatrist for further investigation. The book The Complete Family Guide to Schizophrenia is a very helpful text that I frequently refer back to for information. Schizophrenia and mood disorders, such as bipolar disorder and depression, are commonly mistaken. You can find a psychiatrist through your local chapter of Nation Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), the yellow pages, or your family doctor. A diagnosis of schizophrenia depends on a number of factors including the age of the onset, how long you have been experiencing symptoms, and your level of functioning. Some symptoms include but are not limited to the following: Hallucinations Delusions- paranoid, grandoise, reference, control Decreased facial and vocal expressiveness Alogia Lack of motivation or energy Anhedonia Difficulty learning and concentrating Anxiety Depression Catatonia I hope my advice was helpful to you. Take care. -Valash Reply
Ashley Smith, Community Member
9/ 5/08 11:04am
Hello Lisa1983, I am not a doctor, but if I were you I would contact a psychiatrist for further investigation. The book The Complete Family Guide to Schizophrenia is a very helpful text that I frequently refer back to for information. Schizophrenia and mood disorders, such as bipolar disorder and depression, are commonly mistaken. You can find a psychiatrist through your local chapter of Nation Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), the yellow pages, or your family doctor. A diagnosis of schizophrenia depends on a number of factors including the age of the onset, how long you have been experiencing symptoms, and your level of functioning. Some symptoms include but are not limited to the following: Hallucinations, Delusions- paranoid, grandoise, reference, control, Decreased facial and vocal expressiveness, Alogia, Lack of motivation or energy, Anhedonia, Difficulty learning and concentrating, Anxiety, Depression, Catatonia, I hope my advice was helpful to you. Take care. -Valash Reply
Ashley Smith, Community Member
9/ 5/08 1:42pm
Hello, Here is a link where you can visit NAMI to gather information on your local chapter: http://www.nami.org/Template.cfm?section=your_local_NAMI -Valash Reply
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By Lisa1983, Community Member— Last Modified: 10/15/10, First Published: 09/04/08