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If a child is extremely afraid of dark, does that mean that he is going to suffer from schizophrenia later?

If a child is extremely afraid of dark, does that mean that he is going to suffer from schizophrenia later?

Unrelated generally: Being extremely afraid of the dark is generally unrelated to schizophrenia. Yes, if they are already seeing visions then it's linked, but more likely the fear is due to attachment issues, emotional immaturity, severe insecurity, or just plain overactive imagination. ...Read more

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Schizophrenia (Definition)

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


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Help! I am afraid of developing schizophrenia?

Help! I am afraid of developing schizophrenia?

You are past the age: Generally schizophrenia is recognized in young adulthood or late teens. It is possible to have psychotic symptoms arise in older people, but they'd probably not be schizophrenia related. See a psychiatrist to describe the symptoms that concern you. Try to relax - fear will make everything much worse. You'll be doing the right thing to see an expert. ...Read more

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I am afraid. I think I might have schizophrenia?

I am afraid. I think I might have schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia: Outstanding response by Dr. Howell. Confront this fear. Early treatment is important for many mental health conditions. Please arrange to see a psychiatrist to evaluate your symptoms. Take care. ...Read more

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I'm absolutely terrified I'm developing schizophrenia. Could it just be add and autism?

I'm absolutely terrified I'm developing schizophrenia. Could it just be add and autism?

Sz is very unlikely: This may lower the terror. Schizophrenia almost always appears by age 25 or so. There are psychotic breaks that can occur in later adult years including symptoms of some dementias, but they are different from sz. Also, if you've been diagnosed w/ autism and/or add, it's possible that some symptoms could feel similar to sz. Talk w/ your doctor, ask for a psych referral for DX eval. Try to relax. ...Read more

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M absolutely terrified I'm developing schizophrenia. What should I do?

See a psychiatrist: You may have symptoms of it, or just anxiety about this diagnosis (for a reason? Like family history of it?) however it is unlikely that the first symptoms would start at your stated age (mainly for males, in females around 28 it s still common, not sure what s your gender). Anyway, rather than stay terrified, see a psychiatrist. We are generally very nice and understanding, nothing to be scared. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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I'm afraid I will have a schizophrenia relapse while on a two month holiday. How can I prevent this?

Continue treatment: If at all possible do not discontinue treatment. Talk to your doctor to ensure treatment is not disrupted during this time. ...Read more

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My husband has had schizophrenia for about 18 years now. We have a son. My problem is that my son is always afraid. Can he have his father's sickness?

Possible: While your description would not suggest schizophrenia per se, a child with a parent with schizophrenia has about a 13% chance of developing the illness in his or her lifetime. ...Read more

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I read older fathers kids have a greater chance of developing schizophrenia, it doesn't run in my family at all but I'm terrified of it happening tome?

I read older fathers kids have a greater chance of developing schizophrenia, it doesn't run in my family at all but I'm terrified of it happening tome?

^'ed risk: ^'ed risk doesn't mean it will occur though. Men aged 45 & older had children with about twice psychosis risk as younger men per research by Brian M. D’Onofrio. See: http://www. Nytimes. Com/2014/02/27/health/mental-illness-risk-higher-for-children-of-older-parents-study-finds. Html? _r=0. If you have specific symptoms get them checked out. An older dad doesn't mean you are doomed to be psychotic. ...Read more

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I'm absolutely terrified I'm developing schizophrenia. I cannot get this off my mind, please help. What do I do?

I'm absolutely terrified I'm developing schizophrenia. I cannot get this off my mind, please help. What do I do?

Consult psychiatrist: You sound very frightened, but have not supplied much information about yourself. To get the best help possible, you need to see a psychiatrist for a thorough evaluation. You can share your history, your concerns, and why you feel like you're developing schizophrenia. The psychiatrist can share what s/he feels is happening, and also offer any treatment needed. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I have anxiety and panic attacks. I have a fear I might have schizophrenia. Is it true if I'm aware and scared of it, that's a sign that I don't have it?

I have anxiety and panic attacks. I have a fear I might have schizophrenia. Is it true if I'm aware and scared of it, that's a sign that I don't have it?

Schizo?: Schizophrenics lack insight if not treated, however, an evaluation is recommended by a mental health professional to alleviate the fears you have. ...Read more

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I've got a lot of symptoms of schizophrenia and clinical depression I'm kinda scared about it. Is it a bad thing?

I've got a lot of symptoms of schizophrenia and clinical depression I'm kinda scared about it. Is it a bad thing?

Treatment: It is improtant to understand that this is a chronic condition. As with any chronic condition treatment you require first to gain some knowledge about your illness and then learn how to maintain a healthy life style to minimize relapses which will require therapy and medications. Remember the most important part of treating any chronic condition is to comply with the treatment plan. ...Read more

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I have OCD and sometimes I get repetitive music stuck in my head. Sometimes it will repeat so much that I can faintly hear it. Is this normal? I'm scared I'm developing schizophrenia or something.

I have OCD and sometimes I get repetitive music stuck in my head. Sometimes it will repeat so much that I can faintly hear it. Is this normal? I'm scared I'm developing schizophrenia or something.

Common, not causal: Some symptoms are similar and the disorders can overlap but OCD does not lead to or become Sz. Of course you'd be scared - but that will not help, in fact it will hurt. Talk as openly as you can w/ your therapist about this. After an eval, I hope you can stop worrying. It's possible to learn how to get music out of your mind w/ meditation, but if it's nice - enjoy it. Learn some skills in Tx. ...Read more

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Fear of schizophrenia. Have family history. What are preventive measures to not get the disease?

Fear of schizophrenia. Have family history. What are preventive measures to not get the disease?

Stay calm: Likelihood. Of your having it pretty low if you have doubts or see symptoms see a psychiatrist early treatment makes a big difference. ...Read more

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My biological father has schizophrenia, and he suffers from it since he was about my age. I am almost 21 years old now and I fear of getting it too.

Get to a doctor: I would get to a therapist or psychiatrist and proceed with an evaluation. All mental illness is heritable, but from males (father) to females (daughter) is less likely than fathers to sons. If you have ruled out other medical conditions, I would review symptoms with a therapist and perhaps seek proactive forms of treatment. ...Read more

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I revealed that I have an alien in the base of my brain that cause my psychotic symp 2 psych afraid will diagnosis w/schizophrenia can it be something else?

I revealed that I have an alien in the base of my brain that cause my psychotic symp 2 psych afraid will diagnosis w/schizophrenia can it be something else?

Alien at base of bra: It is most likely a psychotic symptom, but can be from psychotic depression, bipolar disorder, delusional disorder, or schizophrenia/schzoaffective disorder. However there can be organic medical illness that cause such delusions from delirium, and brain. Spinal cord abnormalities, especially in the presence of an infection or metabolic abnormality. I suggest that you get a physical ; labs. ...Read more

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RX OCD&anxiety. Scared I contracted toxoplasmosis and its creating this mental illness/will lead to schizophrenia like some studies suggest. Can any of you add info to the link of toxoplas&mental ill?

RX OCD&anxiety. Scared I contracted toxoplasmosis and its creating this mental illness/will lead to schizophrenia like some studies suggest. Can any of you add info to the link of toxoplas&mental ill?

Is my OCD bc of toxo: You've been dx'ed with OCD, a form of anxiety characterized by intrusive worry thoughts. Studies linking toxo to development of scz are in very early phases, and barely exist for OCD. It is hily unlikely OCD sxs are related to toxo exposure. Further, OCD is not likely to "become" scz. Talk to your doc abt treatment for OCD, and you'll begin to feel better! ...Read more

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Smoked marijuana legally (had medical card) for help with GAD/OCD. Smoked about 20 times in total over 6 months (~Nov '15-April'16). After careful research, I realized how bad it was for me and stopped. Now afraid of getting schizophrenia later on?

Smoked marijuana legally (had medical card) for help with GAD/OCD. Smoked about 20 times in total over 6 months (~Nov '15-April'16). After careful research, I realized how bad it was for me and stopped. Now afraid of getting schizophrenia later on?

It is not likely.: There are more factors involved. It is not likely that you will get schizophrenia from smoking marijuana. Family history is a huge factor. It's better that you stopped smoking marijuana especially since you are young and there are other forms of treatment for GAD/OCD. ...Read more

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I'm a 34yo male with a lifetime of OCD, centered about the fear of schizophrenia.2 questions: 1- Is it possible to get schizophrenia at 34 for males? My pdoc says it's very rare. 2-What is the difference btwn obsessions and attenuated deludions? Thanks

I'm a 34yo male with a lifetime of OCD, centered about the fear of schizophrenia.2 questions: 1- Is it possible to get schizophrenia at 34 for males? My pdoc says it's very rare. 2-What is the difference btwn obsessions and attenuated deludions? Thanks

Reassurance seeking?: For schizophrenia the average age of onset for men is 18, typically 16-25 years of age.
Repeatedly asking for the opinion of others (friend, family, or professionals), hand washing needlessly, overzealous cleaning, checking behavior, counting, organization ("everything has to be in its place"), frequent unwanted thought (fears of violence, sexual thoughts, illness, looks) - all symptoms of OCD ...Read more

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I think I have paranoia schizophrenia and should see a doc but I'm scared they will think I'm a hypocodreact what do I do I'm afraid I'm going crazy!

I think I have paranoia schizophrenia and should see a doc but I'm scared they will think I'm a hypocodreact what do I do I'm afraid I'm going crazy!

See a good doctor!: Being afraid to see a doctor is consistent with being paranoid, but other conditions like bipolar disorder, anxiety & med. Side effects may cause similar symptoms. I advise seeing a good psychiatrist- it is important to get treatment. I see no reason why they'll think you're a hypochondriac. You might also consider seeing a holistic doctor to explore complementary approaches. Please see comment:. ...Read more

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I am showing early signs of schizophrenia, but am not saying that is what it is. I am scared to talk to my doctor. I am scared to talk to my doctor in fear he will lock me up in a mental institution when I do not need it. I have seen things that others ca

Get help now: If you are right you can save yourself a great deal of grief by getting treatment before the symptoms become too severe. Generally psychiatric hospitalization isn't needed unless someone becomes dangerous to themselves or others and except in the case of real danger your doctor cannot lock you up against your will. You have a chance to save yourself a lot of misery --- use it. ...Read more

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What is the schizophrenia?

What is the schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia sympto: Symptoms are disorganized thinking/speech such as loosing train of thought or words incoherent, auditory hallucinations, bizarre delusions or delusions of persecution, social withdrawal, poor hygiene, lack of motivation, poor judgement/attention/executive functions. ...Read more

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Could I have schizophrenia?

Don't know: Don't know since I don't know and don't know your symptoms or your history. However if the question is could anyone get schizophrenia, the answer is yes. Education, wealth, family support does not matter as far as whether one is stricken by schizophrenia, but those things can affect prognosis. ...Read more

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How common is schizophrenia?

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About 1%: Of general population, but may be higher or lower in certain groups. About 9% in siblings and 50% for monozygotic twins of people with schizophrenia. ...Read more

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How do you get schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia: Nobody know for sure. Twin studies suggest there is a genetic component. Other risk factors may include viral infection in the mother during pregnancy, maternal malnutrition during pregnancy, stress early in life, childhood abuse or trauma, older parents, and drug use. ...Read more

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What can cause schizophrenia?

Simply...: A combination of genetic vulnerability and exposure to stress. ...Read more