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Old 06-12-2013, 09:27 PM   #1
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Red face Am I Schizophrenic or is it Just Another Obsession?

I'm new to posting on this site, but I do read it a lot on the internet. I should just start by saying that I've had ocd for my entire life. Lately, I have developed a fear of being schizophrenic. I know that you're going to say that if I was schizophrenic I wouldn't be able to tell that I was, but that's just not enough to convince me. I researched the symptoms online, and I don't really have anything except for the fact that I sometimes have conversations with myself (and obviously obsessive-compulsive "tendencies"). I do read other questions similar to mine, but just reading them doesn't seem to be enough to convince me. So I had to get a straight up answer. Today just wasn't a good day for me. I can't sleep and it's 11:30 at night. I'm really sorry but I desperately need an answer.

 
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Old 06-13-2013, 11:01 PM   #2
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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.

 
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Old 06-15-2013, 08:28 PM   #3
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Re: Am I Schizophrenic or is it Just Another Obsession?

Thank you, I just can't seem to get over it because it seems so real! I get so afraid that I'm going to start hearing voices that every time I hear even the slightest thing it makes me freak out. I read somewhere that ocd can be a precursor to schizophrenia, and that only made it worse.

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