Re: Am I Schizophrenic or is it Just Another Obsession?
i am not a doctor, but i doubt you have schizophrenia. it might give you some comfort and clarity to see a professional to make sure, but the delusions, hallucinations, disorganization and lack of affect and reality testing are very severe in psychotic illnesses. i know that when you are scared and suffering and you read about something it's hard not to self diagnose, but i would recommend against it. talking to yourself might disturb you or get in the way of living, but it's not a symptom. sometimes your inner monologue can seem so vivid it almost feels like a hallucination, but it is usually considered intrusive thoughts, a main sign of OCD. i am wondering, do you feel like the diagnosis of OCD doesn't explain everything? is there something left unsaid, something that doesn't fit? because among mental illnesses there is a lot of overlap.
remember, ocd can be very severe and can cause a lot of suffering. schizophrenia is a big word that carries a lot of stigma but you don't need a label like that to prove that you are in pain. the brain is very mysterious to scientists and it can be hard to make a proper diagnosis, but i would not worry. you sound very lucid and that's not to say that people who have schizophrenia are not capable of it. i myself am afflicted but can sometimes be coherent. along with my schizophrenia i have not full blown ocd but still some obsessive compulsive traits. if you have any questions for me i can try my best to answer. but keep in mind only a doctor can make a proper diagnosis.