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What is the difference between hearing voices, having a psychosis and being schizophrenic?

Weirdnumber

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Sorry but it is not clear to me yet.
I see people in the schizophrenia forum talking about thought broadcasting which is something I have experienced but I was told to have a psychosis...
So what is the difference?
 
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If you keep on experiencing psychosis with multiple episodes then you may be diagnosed with schizophrenia.
 
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that's easy, thank you
 
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And I guess there are many people who sometimes hear voices but don't have any psychosis
 
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And I guess there are many people who sometimes hear voices but don't have any psychosis
Psychosis is serious. If you are in psychosis and hear voices then you are like me. Meds keep me out of hospital and out of work.
 
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I have PTSD with severe psychosis. My psychosis consist of delusional thinking making up things about people places or things that is false. Like space aliens are coming to get me sort of thing. Hearing voices and seeing things are all part of the psychotic episode. I have always though I was schizophrenic due to my psychosis but the psychiatrist said I am not. Hope this helps. Hugs Jules
 
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I totally believe in healthy voice hearers, I've met a few on YouTube who have never been in mental health services and received a diagnosis so I don't believe psychosis and schizophrenia necessarily go hand in hand with hearing voices.

I was diagnosed with psychosis back in 2016 but thanks to medication I believe that's all behind me but I believe the psychosis was just my voice having a massive influence over me and essentially gaslighting me into believing his terrible scenarios (people coming to kill me and my family), my prescribing doctor hasn't upgraded me to schizophrenia either and hasn't called me in for further assessments.

Some here would say I'm still delusional but that's just because they haven't experienced the things I have, if they'd been through what I have they may think as I do.

I've had enough positive feedback from others who have been through very similar things to me to keep me going.
 
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Psychosis and schizophrenia are similar but are tecnically different. I heard voices when I was a boy, and in my teens. I went through various diagnosis' including depressed and was only diagnosed with psychosis in 2002 when a situation drove me into incorrect thinking and acting. More recenty I was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia due to an incident and major incorrect thinking, which I think is the correct diagnosis. Perhaps I have always had it. But the incorrect thinking of psychosis was temporary, whereas the incorrect thinking of schizophrenia is always constant and includes being affected by surrounding stimuli if I did not take the meds.
 
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So delusions are the real problem to solve here.
My doctor said that that my voices will go away even if I believe in telepathy as long as I take my meds, but I don't really trust her.
I think the voices go away when (and if) they go away, and no medication can actually make them disappear
Now it's clear the difference anyway, thank you.
 
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I'm personally unsure what the difference is myself, and I have had the complete works, of hearing voices, through trauma, psycosis and also I have mild traits of szchiophrenia, not in the sense of broacasting, I never had that problem.

Paranoia and hearing voices can not necessarily be cured, but treated on med, pshycosis however, does need to be in mental health hospital as an inpaitient for that.


As I say, I am unsure myself, what the difference, I'm unclear, always have been unclear.

Fortunately, I have been dormant in the mental health system, and physcially been able to have been discharged, since 2008, in for flying visit back in 2012, and then 2015, haven't been back as an out patient not since 2015.


Ah now, ah, in terms of work, paid work, I have also and still am in that situation. On meds and doi volunteering when called upon.


Best regards all.
 
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psychosis is a symptom not the disease.

Schizophrenia is not the only disease that can cause psychosis.

Sever cases of bi-polar and depresion for instance can in a minority of cases also cause psychotic episodes.

I was diagnosed with all three. Bi polar, depresion and schizophrenia.

Personally I think its depresion related. As I am never really manic, and I can go long periods of times without symptoms so I don't think its schizophrenia.

Three different doctors opinions.
 
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