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I started psychology around January 20th, 2009. One thing you must know about me is that I LOVE neuropsychology - mental illness, cognitive functions, etc.

I first saw A Beautiful Mind in March. We first looked at schizophrenia then.

In April it first started with hearing voices.

By the end of May, I was seeing figures and had been in the hospital and put on a high dose of Seroquel.

I have had a lot go on in around 3 months. What I have noticed is that, even when medicated, if I start reading alot about what happens to me, it exacerbates my symptoms VERY badly.

I'm just wondering if this happens to other people. I know that the more you pay attention to any detail, the more you notice it, which is what I'm generally going to go and have to say happens to me.

Also note that I have had paranoia for years; it just became extremely strong around this time. I do think something triggered this thought; even on my meds I have issues with sitting in places, thinking someone is going to grab my legs (happened today and I'm on my meds).
[QUOTE=Swamp56;4006437]I started psychology around January 20th, 2009. One thing you must know about me is that I LOVE neuropsychology - mental illness, cognitive functions, etc.

I first saw A Beautiful Mind in March. We first looked at schizophrenia then.

In April it first started with hearing voices.

By the end of May, I was seeing figures and had been in the hospital and put on a high dose of Seroquel.

I have had a lot go on in around 3 months. What I have noticed is that, even when medicated, if I start reading alot about what happens to me, it exacerbates my symptoms VERY badly.

I'm just wondering if this happens to other people. I know that the more you pay attention to any detail, the more you notice it, which is what I'm generally going to go and have to say happens to me.

Also note that I have had paranoia for years; it just became extremely strong around this time. I do think something triggered this thought; even on my meds I have issues with sitting in places, thinking someone is going to grab my legs (happened today and I'm on my meds).[/QUOTE]

I don't experience a worsening of symptoms unless I am already hearing voices or am extremely delusional and/or paranoid.

However, I do have flashbacks to the first manic/psychotic episode I had in 2006. If I read about how the voices a person hears says bad things to them or how angry their auditory hallucinations become, it immediately reminds me of the voices I used to hear 3 years ago. At that time, I heard up to 20 different voices who spoke about very disturbing things.

I try not to read about schizophrenia or bipolar unless there is something specific I'd like to know because all it does is make me think about everything I've lost over the past 18 years due to my voices, delusions, paranoia, mania, mixed episodes and depression.

What I've found helpful is to work with my new tdoc on addressing my feelings (i.e. anger, frustration, confusion, grief, depression) about having bipolar and psychosis in order to accept my life as it is now.





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