I Don't Hallucinate Or Hear Voices So Why Do They Say I Have Schizophrenia?

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Asked by nicebcguy2001

I Don't Hallucinate Or Hear Voices So Why Do They Say I Have Schizophrenia?

I have lots of anxiety ,social anxiety mostly,agoraphobia,and bouts of paranoia.I have strange thoughts sometimes but does that make me a schizophrenic?

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Hello nicebcguy2001,

Let me assure you that not all people with schizophrenia hear voices or hallucinate.

From what you've described, you could have a mild form of schizophrenia, which is entirely possible.

Recovery from schizophrenia is also possible.

I also never heard voices or hallucinated. I was paranoid, too. The hallmark of my illness was the paranoia.

So take comfort in the fact that you possibly have a mild form.

Schizophrenia isn't a life sentence, nor is it a dead-end.

I suggest you resolve things and make peace with your diagnosis.

Most people, even those of us with a mild form, need some kind of medication to effectively control the symptoms they do have.

Lastly, NOTHING "makes you a schizophrenic." The term "schizophrenic" is demeaning because it refers to a person who defines himself by the illness. I sense in your reference to the word "schizophrenic" that you have an assumption about people who are diagnosed with this medical condition.

To find out about who we really are, read the SharePosts here [both the community members and the experts]. Then again, with the flatness of electronic speech, maybe you did not intend to come across as having a certain perception of people with schizophrenia. If that was not your intent, please forgive me.

Know that I want only the best for everyone I respond to, and like I said, recvoery from schizophrenia is always possible.

Regards,

cb

Answered by Christina Bruni