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Okay. Going to try and organise the chaos in my brain into a question. For the last 4 months or so I keep hearing voices. I was on anti-depressants, and changed brands and the first time it happened I was between drugs so I thought it was withdrawal and ignored it. But it kept happening and now I hear them all the time. They tell me things like people are going to hurt me, are spying on me, things like that. I barely go out anymore, I'm hurting myself because they tell me to, in october they told me to cut my wrists so I did, and then they stopped and I freaked out and went to hospital and told them I was depressed because I was too scared to tell them "voices" told me to.

Also - my mum is schizophrenic. I know that puts me at an increased risk. But I'm so self-aware that I'm never entirely sure if I can be schizophrenic. I know the voices aren't real and I know what they're telling me is crap (even if I do do what they say a lot of the time to quiet them). I don't know what to do. If I go to the doctors can they admit me to hospital? I don't want that, I have classes (though I'm failing at the minute, 19 and in my 2nd yr at university). And can they tell my parents? I don't want that either, I don't get on with them, they're abusive and I moved away but since I'm still at school I don't know. I've been thinking about telling my best friends mum, who I talk to more than anyone else and who took me in when I was "suicidal". But I'm afraid of my parents been notified if I speak to a doctor. =( Thanks.

Laura
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[QUOTE=takeaguess18]Okay. Going to try and organise the chaos in my brain into a question. For the last 4 months or so I keep hearing voices. I was on anti-depressants, and changed brands and the first time it happened I was between drugs so I thought it was withdrawal and ignored it. But it kept happening and now I hear them all the time. They tell me things like people are going to hurt me, are spying on me, things like that. I barely go out anymore, I'm hurting myself because they tell me to, in october they told me to cut my wrists so I did, and then they stopped and I freaked out and went to hospital and told them I was depressed because I was too scared to tell them "voices" told me to.

Also - my mum is schizophrenic. I know that puts me at an increased risk. But I'm so self-aware that I'm never entirely sure if I can be schizophrenic. I know the voices aren't real and I know what they're telling me is crap (even if I do do what they say a lot of the time to quiet them). I don't know what to do. If I go to the doctors can they admit me to hospital? I don't want that, I have classes (though I'm failing at the minute, 19 and in my 2nd yr at university). And can they tell my parents? I don't want that either, I don't get on with them, they're abusive and I moved away but since I'm still at school I don't know. I've been thinking about telling my best friends mum, who I talk to more than anyone else and who took me in when I was "suicidal". But I'm afraid of my parents been notified if I speak to a doctor. =( Thanks.

Laura
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Laura, my father has schizophrenia and says he hears voices just like the ones you describe. He thinks that people are talking badly about him, saying that they don't like him, etc. You're right in the peak age when symptoms begin to appear, and heredity factors do increase your risk. I don't know about the laws in your area, but irregardless, if you're acting on the voices' prompting, you need to seek medical attention. There are many medications that can help the symptoms, and perhaps having a professional who can help you cope with what's happening will help.

The sooner you can seek help and get some form of treatment, the better off you'll be. Seek someone you can trust, like your friend's mother, and discuss your concerns (and reasons for) confidentiality with the doctor.

I urge you to seek help, especially since the voices you're hearing seem to be able to influence your behavior. The disease is not something you can help, not something you "asked for," and certainly nothing to be ashamed of. Hopefully with the right therapy, you (like my dad) will be able to lead a very normal life!





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