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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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