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may be schizo - December 2nd 2010, 03:47 AM

ok this is my first time posting so bear with me. I was a major insomniac for many years due to past experiences with death and nightmares. I havent had my psyche "checked out" because I'm paranoid of getting locked up in a nut house because of the art I like and the things I believe. Anyways by about the 4th year of my struggle with insomnia I suffered from possible schizophrenia due to such a large lack of sleep, I saw things that weren't there, heard voices and had memories that weren't real. That hasnt happened for a while and I've fixed myself somewhat by taking sleep meds but sometimes the voices come back, and they tell me weird things like to run away somewhere far away, its almost as if some place out there is calling me. Its hard to explain but I get this feeling every day of just packing up some stuff and living out in nature or something. Im smart enough not to because of the brutal winters up here but the thought and the feeling that I have to get away somewhere wont go away....cant tell if Im losing my mind or starting to come to...
   
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Re: may be schizo - December 2nd 2010, 03:54 AM

Mr. LoneWolfintheWind, you aren't alone here. I sometimes feel I should run away, but I'm sure it's because of my own problems. I also have Insomnia, and I do get urges, instead of voices in my head for some things. You may be paranoid, but I'm sure you will not be locked up in some place because of the way you are. There are many people like you, even if you think you are the only one. They'd have to get your parents permission anyway if you were to be put somewhere.

Not only that, since I know you, I wouldn't let you get locked up. You are a unique person, and you should be able to rant and rave about your problems and tell us about them. Sometimes it helps to tell others what you are thinking, so then it doesn't seem as bad and you can think through it more clearly.

I hope hearing these voices doesn't last much longer, I'm sure if you didn't ignore them, and just let them get over talking, they wouldn't be as bad. Like getting along with a person. I'm not saying to follow through with these voices, but just to acknowledge them if need be, and if it helps.

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Re: may be schizo - December 2nd 2010, 08:14 AM

DSM-IV-TR Diagnostic Criteria for Schizophrenia:
A. Characteristic Symptoms: Two or more of the following, each present for a significant portion of time during a one-month period (or less, if successfull treated):
  1. Delusions
  2. Hallucinations
  3. Disorganized speech
  4. Grossly disorganized or catatonic behaviour
  5. Negative* symptoms, such as affective flattening, alogia, or avolition
*a "negative" symptom is something that is "taken away." For example, avolition is a lack of desire/drive/motivation. Your motivation has been "taken away."

B. Social/Occupational Dysfunction: For a significant portion of the time since the onset of the disturbance, one or more major areas of functioning such as work, interpersonal relationships, or self-care is markedly below the level achieved prior to the onset.

C. Duration: Continuous signs of the disturbance persist for at least six months. This six month period must include at least one month of symptoms that meet the criteria of Section A, and may include periods of prodromal or residual symptoms. During these prodromal or residual periods, the signs of the disturbance may be manifested by only negative symptoms or two or more symptoms listed in Section A present in an attenuated form (such as odd beliefs, unusual perceptual experiences).



The symptoms of section A cannot be due to substance use or to another medical or psychological condition (such as identified insomnia).


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