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Was I misdiagnosed with Schizophrenia?

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Cybergen

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Hello everyone,

Earlier this year, I had a full-blown psychotic episode where I ended being Sectioned under Section 2 of the Mental Health Act. I spent 5 weeks in a psyche ward. During my time there, I was given Respiradol and later a monthly depot of Paliperidone.

After I was released, I stopped hearing voices & my symptoms decreased markibly. However, I developed severe ahnedonia & took up smoking weed again. I was symptom-free, though life was a misery. So in June 2019, I stopped taking my depot & haven't gone back since.

Since June, I've remained symptom-less: I no longer hear voices: none. 0. Nor do I still believe that I am being monitored. I'll have a delusion now & again but I put that to my imagination--I read a lot of fiction, & these delusions serve as useful sources of strength.

What I wanted to know is: is it possible to have Schizophrenia & not hear voices? Nor do I see things that aren't normally there. So if I'm not ailed by either one, could I still have the condition?

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Hi, I'm no expert in schizophrenia, but I heard about some ways this disorder can manifest. For example, there are people wit schizophrenia who are free from psychosis and after the psychosis they enter in a episode where they experience disabilitating cognitive and negative symptoms. I hope its not the case for you.
Maybe you just had a different psychosis that's not necessary schizophrenia.
Some one who is having schizophrenia can give you more informations about it.
 
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The diagnostic label is not that important if you don’t want to medicate yourself. You shouldn’t touch weed..
 
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smallgeezer

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isn't it funny that no one will give us the answers to these sorts of questions (such as doctors, psychiatrists and mental health charity mind)

Therefore we all come on this forum and ask each other but I bet the vast majority of people in this forum do not have any specialist training in this area.

Most of us have just learnt about out conditions off the internet.

What did people with Schizophrenia do before the internet came along?
 
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smallgeezer

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it is possible to have Schizophrenia and not 'hear voices'.

To be diagnosed with Schizophrenia, I believe, you must have either hallucinations or delusions.

Some people with schizophrenia have hallucinations and delusions. Other just have one.

There are other symptoms of schizophrenia....many other symptoms....shall I list some??


(btw, hearing voices is a hallucination. It is a auditory hallucination. There are other types of hallucination. i.e. olfactory (smelling things that aren't there), Tactile (feeling things that aren't there), visual (seeing thing that aren't there) and also tasting things that aren't there.....I beleive that there may be more type of hallucination than this....such as remembering things that haven't happened and hallucination to do with your sense of time and where you are.)
 
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I think the medical field in general still doesn’t really know as much about MH as we think they do. There are symptoms of schizophrenia other than hallucinations but I’m not sure whether you would technically still meet diagnostic criteria without them. Maybe clearing your head for a bit just gave you the ability to distinguish between reality and irrational thoughts a little better.
 
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I think the medical field in general still doesn’t really know as much about MH as we think they do. There are symptoms of schizophrenia other than hallucinations but I’m not sure whether you would technically still meet diagnostic criteria without them. Maybe clearing your head for a bit just gave you the ability to distinguish between reality and irrational thoughts a little better.
If they don't know much about MH then how can they diagnose you?

If they know enough to diagnose you, they could at least spend some time explaining why they have diagnosed you and what your symptoms are.

They should also explain your prognosis and whether you will always have schizophrenia or whether you might recover completely.
 
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EstherRose94

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Oh I agree with they should be able to
Communicate with patients about their diagnosis and what it means better.

I guess it’s like the diagnosis is based on behaviors and stuff but we don’t really know like what in the brain is happening to cause it or why. So as far as a prognosis I’d assume that most doctors don’t really know how a given patient will do. a lot of medical professionals also try not to say anything unless it’s certain so like they can give you stats “50% of people like you get better”. Just an example I made that number up. But they won’t typically feel confident enough to say “yeah, you’re going to be better in two years with this med”. Because they don’t really know even if they have a reasonable prediction.
 
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EstherRose94

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In other words, schizophrenia is what we decided to call this set of behaviors and thought patterns. We can diagnose it because we (humans) defined it. But it’s not like we can draw someone’s blood and be like yeah you have schizophrenia the way we can with other diseases.
 
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Of course they can't say that. They wouldn't say that for any other type of health condition so why would they say it for schizophrenia.

They are not weather forecasters.
 
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What I wanted to know is: is it possible to have Schizophrenia & not hear voices? Nor do I see things that aren't normally there. So if I'm not ailed by either one, could I still have the condition?
This is the question this thread is about...

psychiatrist should have answered this sort of question.
 
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EstherRose94

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This is the question this thread is about...

psychiatrist should have answered this sort of question.
That’s true I agree with you there. Sorry I Got a little philosophical lol
 
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