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Genetically predisposed, afraid of suddenly developing this illness..

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Old 11-16-2007, 08:30 PM   #1
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Genetically predisposed, afraid of suddenly developing this illness..

My great grandmother had mental illness, my grandmother didn't but my mother had schizophrenia.

Developing schizophrenia is my worst fear. I'm 23 and I sometimes have "episodes" where I become very delusional and paranoid. I'm aware of the anxiety and can control it somewhat.

It once developed after a high dose of caffeine. Once it happened after I ingested expired Ativan. When I was very young I was constantly paranoid but got over it after I found out that anxiety is a problem.

I'm afraid of developing severe anxiety and delusional thoughts or irrational thinking ("why is there a guy sitting near my house? is he plotting something?" or "why is that guy looking at me, what's he planning to do to me?") permanently, because that's what my episodes seem to involve.

What measures can I take right now to minimize the risk of developing full blown schizophrenia?

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Old 11-16-2007, 09:18 PM   #2
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Re: Genetically predisposed, afraid of suddenly developing this illness..

Well, first off you could see a pdoc or a therapist to deal with anxiety before it becomes a real problem in your life. Identify what makes you anxious, write down your thoughts, develop some coping methods, for example I listen to music to deal with small amounts of anxiety.
I think the best way to avoid getting full blown schizophrenia is to keep going on with your life with a positive outlook on most things. I'm not a doctor, but I do have a minor in psychology and happier people tend to be less likely to get sick.
Don't fret about it, don't dwell on this fact, because by doing that you'd only be giving yourself another thing to worry about and who wants that.

But for sure I would suggest going to see a pdoc. They can give you professional information and opinions on your situation. And if needed get a second opinion, nothing wrong with that.

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