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Hello, all. The past few months for me have been absolute hell. Currently, I am extremely worried that I may have schizophrenia.
A little background on me before I list my symptoms:
-18 Year Old white male
- grand father on mothers side had schizophrenia
- I have been diagnosed with Tourettes syndrome, ADHD, and SEVERE anxiety/panic disorder.

Now, I would like to explain the symptoms I have been having within the past few months. I am trying to determine whether these are more geared toward anxiety disorder, or schizophrenia.

Here are the symptoms:

-extreme short and long term memory loss
-trouble arranging thoughts into words when talking(only when im feeling overwhelmed)
-extreme hypochondria (has persisted for atleast 6 months)
-feeling disconected from reality when I am having anxiety attacks
-jumbled thoughts, usually when anxious
-takes longer than usual to understand things that people understand instantly(for example, a joke that everyone will understand immediately will take me 10 seconds to think it over and understand)
-severe difficulty focusing and concentrating when i am slightly anxious
-forgetting entire thoughts immediately after having the thought
-completely un-provoked depression, unless it is linked to the effects of all the stress being produced by the above symptoms.

I really wanna know whats going on here. I will see the psychiatrist next week, but for now I am having a very difficult time staying sane from all the worrying going through my head.

Please, any in-depth input would be GREATLY appreciated.
Hey Dave, I think that youir symptoms are not so much of schizophrenia. Many people without mental illness have some of those symptoms, such as not getting a joke, taking longer to process things and so forth. Some of the symptoms you listed such as the ones above and other ones with your thought process seem to be more along the lines of ADHD. Hyperchondria could be a symptom of mnay things, that are also not mental illnesses.

My best advice is to see your doctor and try to hang in there, he or she will know what is best, and try not to focus so much on it if you can. You'll be ok. Good luck
Few things you have to consider.

Memory problems, particularly verbal are seen among family members of those suffering from schizophrenia, those could worsten at the age you currently are. It is much worst when you have other psychiatric conditions such as it is in your case (general anxiety disorder). You have probably what is called a general anxiety disorder with depersonalization (the feeling of being disconnected from reality you describe). You have all the symptoms which could gradually move on to become a chronic depersonalization disorder, this is often associated with what has been newly termed ''Complex Post traumatic disorder''. Those problems happen more often when someone has a family history of psychiatric disorder. A psychologist who specialise in CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) to address past psychological trauma's as you would be a good idea.

For more information, the thought precessing problems like being slow understanding jokes for exemple are probably functional disorders of the temporal-parietal region, on EEG examination there will often be transient EEG slowing on the temporal lobes. In cases of depersonalization and severe cases of anxiety disorders (like PTSD), the normal mechanism of inhibition after the danger happens is supressed, so the brain will change the way it treat the information to compensate, it is this modulation which creats the symptoms.

It is a misconcieved myth that the fact that someone wonders if he is a schizophrenic disprove him to be a schizophrenic. Not always schizophrenia causes delusions and hallucinations and loss of sense of reality. Simplex Schizophrenia does not, and it's major symptoms are cognitive decline (the negative symptoms of schizophrenia without the positive ones). But in your case, the anxiety componment is just too major. While this does not rule out (only a psychiatrist could do that) schizophrenia, it is unlikelly. The most likelly scenario is that you have severe generalized anxiety disorder and that you have to consult a a psychiatrist who will probably first prescribe with an SSRI. This might help on some aspects, but pharmacotherapy should be coupled with cognitive behavioral therapy.

Note: I don't know you and every comments are suggestions and should not be subtitute to a medical diagnosis, you have to consult a health care professional for proper referels and treatments.

[QUOTE=davexiii90;3582680]Hello, all. The past few months for me have been absolute hell. Currently, I am extremely worried that I may have schizophrenia.
A little background on me before I list my symptoms:
-18 Year Old white male
- grand father on mothers side had schizophrenia
- I have been diagnosed with Tourettes syndrome, ADHD, and SEVERE anxiety/panic disorder.

Now, I would like to explain the symptoms I have been having within the past few months. I am trying to determine whether these are more geared toward anxiety disorder, or schizophrenia.

Here are the symptoms:

-extreme short and long term memory loss
-trouble arranging thoughts into words when talking(only when im feeling overwhelmed)
-extreme hypochondria (has persisted for atleast 6 months)
-feeling disconected from reality when I am having anxiety attacks
-jumbled thoughts, usually when anxious
-takes longer than usual to understand things that people understand instantly(for example, a joke that everyone will understand immediately will take me 10 seconds to think it over and understand)
-severe difficulty focusing and concentrating when i am slightly anxious
-forgetting entire thoughts immediately after having the thought
-completely un-provoked depression, unless it is linked to the effects of all the stress being produced by the above symptoms.

I really wanna know whats going on here. I will see the psychiatrist next week, but for now I am having a very difficult time staying sane from all the worrying going through my head.

Please, any in-depth input would be GREATLY appreciated.[/QUOTE]
I don't think you have schizophrenia. Many people with anxiety disorders have disorganized thoughts, and trouble putting things together in their mind. However, if you are still worried, I suggest going to a doctor and telling him all of your concerns. Feel better...





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