11 doctors weighed in:
Are people with schizophrenia aware that they have schizophrenia, especially at the early stages?
11 doctors weighed in

Dr. Donald Hazlett
Psychiatry
5 doctors agree
In brief: Probably not but
They may sense something is wrong and tend to hide it and not talk about it.
The choice to not talk may be their belief everyone feels or experiences what they do. Eventually the impact is severe enough others notice and ask questions. Hiding it becomes almost impossible but denying it, consciously or unconsciously even then is common. Sadly some are never aware, hampering treatment severely.

In brief: Probably not but
They may sense something is wrong and tend to hide it and not talk about it.
The choice to not talk may be their belief everyone feels or experiences what they do. Eventually the impact is severe enough others notice and ask questions. Hiding it becomes almost impossible but denying it, consciously or unconsciously even then is common. Sadly some are never aware, hampering treatment severely.
Dr. Donald Hazlett
Dr. Donald Hazlett
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Dr. Michael Thompson
Many people with psychiatric problems including schizophrenia "self medicate" with legal or unlegal drugs -- tobaccco (schizophrenia), stimulants (depression), alcohol (anxiety or mania), etc. that can be one potential clue.
Dr. William Holmes
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
4 doctors agree
In brief: Some Awareness
There may be some awareness, but it not unusual to have only a vague idea of discomfort or turmoil, and not really fully understand what's taking place.

In brief: Some Awareness
There may be some awareness, but it not unusual to have only a vague idea of discomfort or turmoil, and not really fully understand what's taking place.
Dr. William Holmes
Dr. William Holmes
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Dr. Susan Uhrich
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree
In brief: Discomfort
In addition to dr. Holmes answer, imagine how hard it would be to ignore the evidence of your own senses.

In brief: Discomfort
In addition to dr. Holmes answer, imagine how hard it would be to ignore the evidence of your own senses.
Dr. Susan Uhrich
Dr. Susan Uhrich
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Dr. Douglas Bey
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree
In brief: There is a problem
They know something is wrong many use drugs & alcohol to act like they are in control & causing themselves to hallucinate & act crazy.
Parents initially may think they are chemically dependent & only later see they have a serious mental illness.

In brief: There is a problem
They know something is wrong many use drugs & alcohol to act like they are in control & causing themselves to hallucinate & act crazy.
Parents initially may think they are chemically dependent & only later see they have a serious mental illness.
Dr. Douglas Bey
Dr. Douglas Bey
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