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A 19-year-old female asked:

Can anxiety make you believe you have schizophrenia? i'm terrified of getting it

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Dr. Enrique Madrigal-segura
Psychiatry 55 years experience
Fear of illness: You are very young and sometimes anxiety might turn into unrealistic worries. Schizophrenia is a very well known disorder with specific symptoms. Anxiety is very common due to multiple causes, but it is not usually related to the presence or onset of schizophrenia. It would help if you get soem counseling regarding your anxiety and your fear of illness.
Dr. Krishna Kumar
Psychiatry 56 years experience
AnxietySchizophrenia: I feel empathy for your anxiety. Anxiety can cause ‘mind going blank’, restlessness and difficulty in concentration. Panic disorder can have feelings of unreality and feeling detached from oneself. These symptoms may make you think that you have Schizophrenia You do not have Schizophrenia if you do not have hallucinations, delusions, paranoid ideations, or loose associations,. See a Psychiatrist

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