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Old 12-01-2007, 08:16 PM   #1
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How did your illness begin?

I have a family history of schizophrenia. I am in my early twenties, with the following symptoms which seem to be getting worse:

Chronic fatigue and irritability.

Chronic anxiety and delusions, but these seem to have stopped almost completely when I became aware of them and began ignoring them. Caffeine even in minute doses makes me panic.

Major deficit in attention span and memory. GPA dropped considerably. I used to maintain a 4.0 without studying, but now attend all my classes and study, and get all F's.

Problem with long term memory recall. For example, if I were asked on the spot to think of names that begin with J, I won't be able to recall more than "John." This is getting worse and is my main reason for posting this.

Constant mental blocks. Inability to put thoughts into words. This one is hard to explain.. I feel like what I write doesn't express how I feel clearly. I am probably paying too much attention to this though.

Anyway, my diet is good, not on any meds or drugs, not diagnosed with anything and physically I am very healthy (have done all sorts of physical tests for fatigue).

Family history includes schizophrenia, OCD, depression and anxiety on mom's side (I am first born w/ 2 younger siblings).

My illness is ruining my life, but I have not seen a shrink due to the negative stigma associated with mental illness, and I feel that the meds will make my cognitive functions worse. I am going for a phD program and give a **** about my cognitive features. HELP!

 
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Old 12-14-2007, 09:10 PM   #2
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Re: How did your illness begin?

Sounds to me like you need a break and some calming things to do.

Walking, feeding ducks, taking some photos of stars and sunsets, have a picnic, read some nice literature on your night off, make some clay pottery, read etc. You sound all serious student and sometimes love you have to take regular breaks and that includes your thinking, forget you have a mental health problem, focus on something else, take regular breaks, and handle it a bit at a time.

yoga can be good for some mental health as head and gentle shoulder rolls can help to relieve anxiety in that area. Try some alternatives first and then see if that helps you any when you are having panic.

outdoor activities can also help ground you, I notice a lot of younger people rarely commune with nature or have any connection to anything outdoors anymore, believe it or not some gardening may not be up your street but being outside is better than being stuck in all the time in artifical lights etc so seek something outdoors, walking, climbing or whatever, just to see if it gives you back a little zest.

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Old 12-26-2007, 06:32 PM   #3
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Re: How did your illness begin?

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Originally Posted by joebloggs2 View Post
I have a family history of schizophrenia. I am in my early twenties, with the following symptoms which seem to be getting worse:

Chronic fatigue and irritability.

Chronic anxiety and delusions, but these seem to have stopped almost completely when I became aware of them and began ignoring them. Caffeine even in minute doses makes me panic.

Major deficit in attention span and memory. GPA dropped considerably. I used to maintain a 4.0 without studying, but now attend all my classes and study, and get all F's.

Problem with long term memory recall. For example, if I were asked on the spot to think of names that begin with J, I won't be able to recall more than "John." This is getting worse and is my main reason for posting this.

Constant mental blocks. Inability to put thoughts into words. This one is hard to explain.. I feel like what I write doesn't express how I feel clearly. I am probably paying too much attention to this though.

Anyway, my diet is good, not on any meds or drugs, not diagnosed with anything and physically I am very healthy (have done all sorts of physical tests for fatigue).

Family history includes schizophrenia, OCD, depression and anxiety on mom's side (I am first born w/ 2 younger siblings).

My illness is ruining my life, but I have not seen a shrink due to the negative stigma associated with mental illness, and I feel that the meds will make my cognitive functions worse. I am going for a phD program and give a **** about my cognitive features. HELP!

Hi. I´m new here so don´t know how much help I can be really but a couple of things struck a chord. Please dont say your illness is ruining your life. You are in control of your life. Please dont let your illness control it. You can control it and you should. Secondly, meds as far as I can see do impair your cognitive function so don´t take them unless you´re seriously crazy. Mine - olanzapine - althought htey made me recover from complete and utter insanity did then not offer me a level of normality afterwards. The subsequent medication following my complete breakdown left me sleeping 12 hours a day and totally brain dead. Horrific. The shrink said I should continue like that for the rest of my life! I dont think so. Talk to me more though, maybe as it goes on, we will make more sense.

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Old 02-13-2008, 05:39 PM   #4
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Re: How did your illness begin?

My sister's ilness began by a major mental breakdown. Voices, people and things she though that were there but sadly were not. We took her to the hospital where she almost commited suicide and died. She was grey and then transported to another mental facility. She's on colozophine now. It dosn't help her. The thing with being her type of shizo, you think nothing's wrong with you. Yes it will ruin you life if it's not treated properly or the meds don't work. I'm not saying that this is what your like but her she quits taking the meds because she thinks she doesn't need them and talks and laughs to her little voices or people constantly. It rough. There is alot of negativity on mental ilness but you should go see a doctor. Or most doctors don't give a hoot. Search online for a specialist.

Most people with shizophrenia can't control it because they think it's not really there. Unless you have a mild form but can tell reality from fiction, it's going to be tough. My sister thinks that she's fine, doesn't need the meds or anythign so she'll never get better. Schizophrenics will never fully recover. I f they get close they still have to live with some of the symptoms. If you don't like meds go see a therapist.

I'm not sure what to tell you. I really think you should go see a doctor. It might not be shizophrenia..? or it could be mild because you didn't mention hearing or seeing things. Go for a check up and if you don't want meds throw em out when you get home but just go check to see what you have. It's better to go now before it gets worse.

 
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