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A 18-year-old female asked:

I'm only 18 yrs. old and i always hear voices in my head. i'm so depressed. i hope i don't have schizophrenia. please, can you help me? thank you!

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Dr. Bernard Seif
Clinical Psychology 41 years experience
Moody & Voices: You have a set of symptoms that indicates the need for professional diagnosis and support. Intrusive thoughts and voices do not always equate w/schizophrenia. You sound anxious & depressed, two sides of one coin. This can raise the risk of intrusive thoughts. Please get a check up by your doctor. Please see a clinical psychologist. If there is need for medication, he/she can refer you.Peace.
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Dr. Robert Zagar
Adolescent Medicine 49 years experience
The sensitivity specificity of an interview judgment = 46%, unstructured medical exam = 49%, paper & pencil tests = 75% while a computer Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory Second Edition clinical interpretative report = 97%. Read "End of Mental Illness" by Daniel Amen MD to try neutraceuticals, exercise, prayer, meditation, diet, etc. Talk to an MD after all of the above.
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Last updated Apr 1, 2021

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