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Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a chronic mental illness that sees the afflicted patient suffering from psychotic symptoms. Psychosis is when someone can’t distinguish reality from their imagination and normally manifests itself in the form of delusions, such as paranoia or delusions of grandeur, and hallucinations like hearing voices. Further symptoms include behavioural problems, disordered thoughts, apathy and a lack of emotion and communication. Schizophrenia is more common than you’d think with 1 in 100 people experiencing at least one episode of acute schizophrenia in their lifetime. Whilst the cause isn’t really known, various treatments have proved quite successful in some patients. Treatments may include occupational therapy, psychological treatment and antipsychotic drugs – though these may have side effects. In all honesty, Schizophrenia can be a very distressing illness not just for the patient, but for their friends and family too. Often a schizophrenic will not realise they are ill and getting them the help they need can be difficult. However with supportive family and friends it is possible for a schizophrenic to control their conditions and get their life back on track.

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hi I need help from a professional about anxiety and depression im currently looking after my friend with these problems shes on citalopram for the past 3 months when she had these panic attacks, shes currently on the waiting list for a councillor, she is hearing voices from 2 different people one who is a farmer who has a shot gun and 3 dogs who if which she is petrified of and according to her this farmer already killed one of the dogs, it got to the point when she is talking to the other 2 dogs whistling for them in the street in public, shouts go away to the farmer who tried to drag her out of bed, and then she was making a cup of tea starting giggling to herself dropped a tea bag and said theres a Victorian little girl who talking to her telling her to drop the tea bag again and she did just that, the worrying thing about the farmer is that he apparently tried to talk to her and get her to walk into a busy road in the day time and say follow me, we have already been doctors by ambulance because one of her attacks made her want to go to hospital, all she does during the day is sleep till 9pm at night I try to get her out of bed and out the house to do something to help herself but she doesn't want to,she walks in her pyjamas talks and acts in a child like state and when she gets confronted about it she gets agitated and starts in a big crying episode I have completely given up hope she refuses to do anything at all and its been going on for 3 months she doesn't want to look for a job shes currently on esa she ran away today saying shes not coming back because I confronted her that she needs to get out of bed and stop acting like a child and do something to help herself. I really don't know what to do anymore I gave her compassion more than what her family is giving her, im trying so hard to be patient but shes not helping herself. please any advice on this would be brilliant. thankyou





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before anyone says ive not done enough, I been there for my friend through thick and thin constantly through the panic attacks calming her down distracting her when the people she hears or sees come along, and have been supporting her and going appointments with her since it started but I cant do any more than that im trying to get her out the house get up at reasonable time for her to take tablets and out of bed so she sleeps at night and I get pushed away by anger and screaming crying. its gone from compassion to tough love and its emotionally draining

I asked my GP to be referred to a psychologist for depression. I was refused and told to apply to see a counsellor. They also refused to see me. In the meantime I have been in contact with somebody on this website about depersonalisation. I am intending to go back to my GP to ask for a referral to a psychologist again. Can you give me any advice of what to say to my GP to hopefully get a referral again.





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i find the worst part of schizophrenia which i have had since i was 18, is finding the right medication im now 28 and still paranoid (people out to kill me, major anxiety, insomnia, depression overthinking and analyzing ect) like other people on here have been to the extreme side, suicidal agoraphobic thinking my food, drinks and water supply is being poisoned ect.. (let me just say this is not the case at all) i have got to a point tho where have moved out on my own, but am majorly distrustful and often feel threatened in any situation kinda like how i can imagine a soldier going into battle feels like which brings on severe anxiety and even more paranoia. i know medication is key with this illness and all i want in the world is to be a functioning part of society again. now seems to be the opposite of how my life was and maybe one day will find the right med that will put me back on track. i have been where some of these posters have been with the really serious paranoia but one thing you must do is trust your doctor as hard as it may be for some people and if you feel there not helping or listening when meds dont agree with you, find another psychiatrist because believe me there are bad ones there but there are amazing ones dont be afraid to get a different psychiatrist. i wish you all the best you lot i really do :)





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I'm 42 yrs old & since i was 17 I've suffered periodically from psychosis and have been prescribed chlorpromazine, olanzapine, quetiapine, and am currently taking risperidone. my symptoms are hallucinations in my peripheral vision, paranoia, audio hallucinations, constant anxiety, fear & suspiscion. my moods are erratic and extreme. And at times I'm so manic that I'm climbing the walls & too hectic for people to deal with. my problem is i can't seem to find the right anti psychotic meds that work without causing Parkinsonism, muscle/joint stiffness & pain and my limb coordination is getting pretty poor now. i can be completely sober and will stagger like I'm drunk. I've spoken to gp's & psychiatric doctors & get nowhere. it feels like I'm being fobbed off, ignored & made to feel that my side effects are just imaginary. please can there be any alternative treatments that work without making me feel worse. thank you all. peace...





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HI , ive had a similar problem with the same diagnosis , medication after medication appointment after appointment and all dead ends. no difference in my mental health and no explanation from any health professional , scary to think gp's and doctors don't have the slightest concern , any advice would be really great.

Does this sound like Paranoid Schizophrenia: For as long as I can remember I have had voices in my head some saying mischievous but harmless things, some dark things. I have anger issues, I get angry very easily which I have an urge to get violent and I get episodes of severe paranoia which I believe everyone is out to get me. I'm getting a HIV test soon and I've been getting worried about it and the Voices and paranoia have almost quadrupled in frequency and intensity plus I've been getting visual hallucinations. I've been diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome at three but I've heard that Schizophrenia can co-exist with Aspergers. If anyone can give any advice it'll be a great help.





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Its not schizophrenia if you had schizophrenia it would be constant

Sometimes Doctors will not have the time orr the right questions for an accurate diagnosis. For example mine is is under the general label of 'psychotic disorder'. The voices may be the result of some psychological problem, Your anger issues could be the stress of the voices etc, mood swings could possibly be similar to Bi-Polar. I would suggest visit your Gp and explain clearly your.symptoms , and ask for a referral to your nearest Mental Healthteamareceive the treatment that can help ease your mind. Persistence may be necessary as, of course it's hard to convince them that the issues may only be in the mpind, but they still feel and seem very real. An alternative / supplementng like psycho -therapy. I did for 2 years

my brother is a dementia sufferer and we were told thatbut according to what they have explained what dementia i find it very strange because my brother remembers everything except that he listen to what we are discussing and then deliberately will do things wrongly so that we think his dillusional but in a true sense of it he is not.i think he is wrongly diagnosed.





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my daughter has a mental health problem one day she is like the person she was when a young girl the next she walks out on her children swear at me and her dad say that her husband is doing horrible things and he aint social services have given my son in law the sole custody of the 5 children but in a few days she will be on the phone she sleeps rough i am so worried for her health workers are so slow





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my daughter has a mental health problem one day she is like the person she was when a young girl the next she walks out on her children swear at me and her dad say that her husband is doing horrible things and he aint social services have given my son in law the sole custody of the 5 children but in a few days she will be on the phone she sleeps rough i am so worried for her health workers are so slow





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I am 13 years old and I hear voices in my head but i know what the people look like. They have personalities etc and i can see them sometimes. they tell me to do things but I know that they're not real but i cant control them. Aah so confusing, any advice would really be appreciated! x





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i have been diagnosed with schizophrenia for 20 years and before that bipolar disorder for 5 years. some pretty horrendous things have happened to me in the past. do you think this is the cause of my disorder? in the last 2 years i have had 3 episodes and have terrible trouble taking my medication due to threats and the like. i am constantly fearful of people attacking me and this is much worse when i am not taking any medication. i won't have a depot injection because that would put them even more in control of me. any tips please?





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