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Exclamation How can I get through this? They think I have schizophrenia. - March 17th 2011, 03:41 AM

There's been so much going on in my life recently.
It all started with one night when I got a little /too/ drunk and ended up upsetting my best friend (who knows about the people I believe are living inside me). The next day, a lot happened, and my parents ended up figuring out about my attachment to alcohol and perscription pills (actually, pills of any kind), as well as the people within me. They did not take this well.
Eventually, they sent me to a hospital so I could get a test. They all believe I have schizophrenia, but I don't believe it. I have an appointment with a psychiatrist set up for Monday (and I'm not looking forward to it in the slightest).
These people are real.
But there's nothing I can do to make them believe it. Believe me, I've tried.
So for now I just want to know how to get through this.
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Re: How can I get through this? They think I have schizophrenia. - March 17th 2011, 04:04 AM

If you don't mind me asking, what do you mean by people living inside you? I'm juat trying to understand how and why they got to the conclusion of schizophrenia and to see if I could off other suggestions you could bring up at your appointment, as schizophrenia is a pretty serious diagnosis for someone your age.

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Re: How can I get through this? They think I have schizophrenia. - March 17th 2011, 04:57 PM

Hey there! I'm going to be honest with you: believing there are people living inside of you (whether physically or spiritually) is not common. Some people do believe they share their bodies with spirits, ghosts, etc... but for the most part, when people start to make claims like yours, it causes people to worry. Since it's not common, it's seen as "abnormal", and abnormal conditions can also be deemed harmful to you and/or the people around you.

For example, individuals suffering from schizophrenia may not be able to stay in school, hold down jobs, or maintain healthy relationships because the voices from the "people living inside" are constantly distracting them. After a while, individuals suffering from schizophrenia may begin to listen to those voices, and sometimes, those voices can say things that are irrational or even dangerous.

I know you're not looking forward to your visit with the psychiatrist... but you also said that you want to know how to get through this. My suggestion is to be as honest and comprehensive as possible. Tell the psychiatrist what you told us - and don't leave anything out. You may be tempted to avoid talking about the people living inside of you for fear that the psychiatrist won't believe you. You may also be tempted to avoid talking about the alcohol/pills because it's illegal to use such substances. Giving the psychiatrist a complete picture of your situation, however, will allow the assessment process to go a lot more smoothly. If you refuse to open up now, and you exhibit concerning behavior again in the future, your parents will just force you to go back to the hospital for testing all over again.

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