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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Do I Have Schizophrenia?

Question: Hello I really need help to overcome my anxiety, depression,  insomnia or  as I think the first signs of schizophrenia.  I was with very good mental health but last year everything came down and now I have illusions, insomnia, and sometime I think that I am hallucinating even though I know that my fear is doing all of this. Please tell me what to do to relieve me from this pain.
PS: My father is suffering from Schizophrenia, I am very afraid.

Answer:  Sometimes mental illness is genetic. It is possible you have inherited this disease. It is also possible that you are so worried about having schizophrenia, that you are convincing yourself you have symptoms.  No matter which scenario it is, I would encourage you to see a psychiatric clinician to perform a complete history and physical exam to determine the cause of your symptoms.  Don't wait to have an exam, it sounds as if you are suffering. There are medications that may help with your symptoms.  You spoke about feeling as if your fear of mental illness is causing some symptoms.  This may be anxiety. The mind is our guardian and can convince our brain and body of anything. Although I truly believe you need a full evaluation, you certainly can start to reframe some of your thoughts.  Remember, your feelings and actions are a consequence of your beliefs. Tell yourself and believe that everything will be alright. Tell yourself and believe that whatever challenge comes your way you will handle it.  Please have an exam as soon as possible. There is help with medications and therapy.