• Lisa1983 Lisa1983
    September 04, 2008
    Do I have Schizophrenia?
    Lisa1983 Lisa1983
    September 04, 2008

    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
    September 08, 2008
    Christina Bruni
    Health Guide
    September 08, 2008

    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 September 05, 2008
    Ashley Smith
    September 05, 2008
    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 READ MORE
  • Ashley Smith September 05, 2008
    Ashley Smith
    September 05, 2008
    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 READ MORE
  • Ashley Smith September 05, 2008
    Ashley Smith
    September 05, 2008
    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 READ MORE
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