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?
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.