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Can you tell me how to know if i 'have' schizophrenia?

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Dr. Andrew Ho
Psychiatry 30 years experience
See psychiatrist: because it is impossible to truly tell whether you are experiencing hallucinations and delusions without someone else to give you feedback. Even if you don't have schizophrenia, you probably have bothersome symptoms that are worth diagnosing. After getting the right diagnosis, the psychiatrist can help you feel better by providing treatment.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Schizophrenia: Recommend comprehensive eval by a clinical psychologist or psychiatrist to accurately diagnose Schizophrenia. Positive sx’s of schizophrenia can include delusions & hallucinations (visual, auditory, tactile, olfactory, gustatory). Disorganized symptoms can include disorganized or catatonic behaviors. Negative sx’s lead to lack of normal function w social decline (Lack of affect, Impoverished spe

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A 43-year-old member asked:

What to do if I have schizophrenia and i don't know how to tell my family?

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Dr. Lynne Weixel
Clinical Psychology 36 years experience
Take your time: Family of origin or present? But in either case - if they don't know that something serious has been making your life difficult, they may not be close enough to you for this to be an immediate concern. You'll have a big enough task getting well (with the help of your therapist). Do that and feel proud. Your therapist can help you decide if, when and how to tell people about it. Best wishes - ok?
A 37-year-old member asked:

How to know if i 'have' schizophrenia?

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Dr. Daryl Tanski
Specializes in Psychiatry
Talk to a doctor: Schizophrenia is a chronic condition characterized by psychosis. Psychosis can be described as distorted reality such as hearing votives or paranoid thoughts. Schizophrenia is a leading cause of disability. Effective treatments exist for this condition.

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