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Can untreated ptsd lead to schizophrenia ?

Can untreated ptsd lead to schizophrenia ?

Depends : On genetic and environmental predisposing factors. This could range from family history in the immediate family of schizophrenia to chronic exposure to marijuana or hard drugs. And then a highly stressful process can quicken schizophrenia onset- hence PTSD which is trauma based. A referral to a psychiatrist should help sort out treatment. Take care. ...Read more

Dr. Kevin Passer
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Schizophrenia (Definition)

Mental disorder with positive, negative & cognitive sxs. A person with positive sxs loses touch with reality with hallucinations or delusions. Negative sxs: lack of pleasure; failing to take care of every day functions; losing motivation; inability to carry out plans & isolation. Cognitive symptoms could include problems focusing, memory problems or difficulty understanding ...Read more


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Is it possible to have ptsd and schizophrenia at the same time?

Is it possible to have ptsd and schizophrenia at the same time?

Multiple diagnoses: Both schizophrenia and ptsd are possible at the same time and usually treated differently. Psychiatric testing could clarify the diagnoses. ...Read more

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Hyper-schizophrenia stress disorder like ptsd, should I be concerned?

Hyper-schizophrenia stress disorder like ptsd, should I be concerned?

Confusing question.: Ask your question again with a few more details. I don't understand the connection among hyper, schizophrenia, stress, and ptsd. ...Read more

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What is the best medicine for schizophrenia, bi-polar, ptsd combination?

What is the best medicine for schizophrenia, bi-polar, ptsd combination?

Meds: There isn't any one best medication. I see your medications listed as paxil, (paroxetine) zoloft, wellbutrin & xanax. Are you taking Paxil (paroxetine) & zoloft simultaneously? It is unlikely that one single medication will be adequate (mono-therapy). However, an atypical antipsychotic may be a good choice. This class of medications is used for schizophrenia, often for bipolar disorder as well as dissociation >>. ...Read more

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Is haloperidol used for schizophrenia treatment only? I am prescribed with halo. I am expriencing voice hallucinations and was diagnoised with ptsd.

Is haloperidol used for schizophrenia treatment only? I am prescribed with halo. I am expriencing voice hallucinations and was diagnoised with ptsd.

Haldol (haloperidol): Can be used 'off-label'. It is an older antipsychotic medication that has indications for schizophrenia ; tourette disorder. It can be used for psychotic or dissociative symptoms (such as can occur with ptsd). I prefer working with the newer class of atypical antipsychotics. Take care. ...Read more

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I'm 62 with schizophrenia and PTSD, suddenly stopped talking 6 weeks ago. I don't know remember or know why. Can i be helped?

I'm 62 with schizophrenia and PTSD, suddenly stopped talking 6 weeks ago. I don't know remember or know why. Can i be helped?

I hope so, do you?: I also hope you have a skilled therapist you trust - more than only for medications. If not, this is a possible time to find one. If you have a helpmate, they can make calls - or you can use notes and emails. Please think of this as an opportunity to get more help. New approaches to PTSD can make a difference - let's be hopeful. ...Read more

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Is it possible to be diagnosed with PTSD, paranoia schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and anxiety at the same time? I am experiencing symptoms of all.

Is it possible to be diagnosed with PTSD, paranoia schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and anxiety at the same time? I am experiencing symptoms of all.

Multiple diagnoses: It is possible to see 10 different docs and describe the same symptoms and get 10 different diagnoses. But a mature experienced therapist, a trauma expert, would be able to sort through it all. This is critical because otherwise you could end up on too many different drugs and never get better. Many severe trauma experiences can result in symptoms that mimic the other dx, even including hallucina ...Read more

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I have major depression and complex PTSD. Sister w/ schizophrenia & bipolar lives w/ me temporarily. I feel this too unhealthy 4 me to have her here?

I have major depression and complex PTSD. Sister w/ schizophrenia & bipolar lives w/ me temporarily. I feel this too
unhealthy 4 me to have her here?

Life crisis..: Agree with your instinct that your sister's illness may be overwhelming and pull you both downwards. You need support to help you decide how long she can live with you and how to help her with living arrangements thereafter. Discuss with your therapist/psychiatrist and your sister's therapist/psychiatrist with her permission. If necessary, find another doctor/therapist to guide you. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I have bipolar schizophrenia ptsd i was abused/tortured as a child my doctor said that triggered my disorders can they be triggered from environment ?

I have bipolar schizophrenia ptsd i was abused/tortured as a child my doctor said that triggered my disorders can they be triggered from environment ?

Yes: Yes, but there is usually a genetic connection. Check your family history on both sides of your family. Twin studies have indicated a definite family connection. Most important to take your medications and stay on them. Unfortunately too many people with your medical condition feel better after taking the medications and then stop and have a relapse. Continue your counseling! important! ...Read more

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I have paranoid schizophrenia, also ptsd from use of restraints/seclusion in hospitals for days + weeks w/i last few years. 3 im meds came with for "not following directions" they said. Was this right?

I have paranoid schizophrenia, also ptsd from use of restraints/seclusion in hospitals for days + weeks w/i last few years. 3 im meds came with for "not following directions" they said. Was this right?

Hard to assess: Without having seen the true context of these events, i can only guess. I'm not sure what "directions" you were being given, but it's possible that your behavior was interpreted as acutely escalating symptoms of your illness. It's also true that the hospital can be frightening for people, and hallucinations can evoke scary behaviors. Please tell your doctor or hospital ombudsman of your concerns. ...Read more

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