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Unhappy schizoactive disorder?? someone help! - March 31st 2011, 01:15 PM

i have always heard voices in my head, but they haven't always been my own and i kinda alwayas thought that hearing voices was normal. sometimes the voices are those of my mother, someone i consider to be one of my best friends, & an adult who i look up to a lot. over the years, the voices change, they usually develop into the voice of whoever or of those i am closest to at that point. while the voices don't tell me to kill myself or other people, it's still very scary. the voices are discouraging, telling me that i'm not worth it, that i never was and i never will be. i am fine when the voice is just mine, but when it's of those who i look up to and consider myself to be close to, it's so irritating. i looked up schizophrenia online to see if that might be what i have and it turns out that i don't have many of the symptoms of schizophrenia, but schizoactive disorder popped up as a related disease and i clicked on there and i have most of those symptoms. i have strange or unusual thoughts or perceptions, paranoid thoughts or ideas, hallucinations (like hearing voices), unclear or confused thoughts, bouts of depression, sudden increase in energy, irritability & poor temper control, problems with memory & attention, and sleep disturbances. all of these apply to me and i'm scared. i don't want to tell any of my friends because no one really wants to be friends with someone who is crazy. someone please...help.
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Re: schizoactive disorder?? someone help! - March 31st 2011, 03:35 PM

Having a mental illness doesn't make you crazy. Everytime I hear someone say that a mental illness makes them crazy I get a little insulted because they're calling me crazy.

Anyways, the only way to know is to see a mental health professional, looking up symptoms online is a horrible way to try and find out because chances are you're wrong. If you do have it then there are very effective treatments to help stop or control your possible illness.

Definitely look into seeing a professional.

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Re: schizoactive disorder?? someone help! - March 31st 2011, 11:05 PM

As Rick said, you have to see a professional. We can't tell you whether you've got the disorder or not. In fact, the symptoms, although not extremely broad, are part of other mental health issues. People with Bipolar Disorder or Borderline Personality Disorder can even have those symptoms. There is even Depression with Psychosis. There are MANY different things that can explain the symptoms. So, assuming it's one thing isn't going to benefit anybody at all.

You'll have to see your doctor, and probably get a referral to a mental health professional, who would evaluate you, and then work on diagnosing you. You probably won't get a diagnosis in one appointment, either. You'll probably have to go multiple times.

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