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Similar is my case.

I have recently been diagnosed with Schizophrenia. She says I am in the early stages and have the negative symptoms. But she also wonders I am delusional. I do not hallucinate. I don't think I "hear voices." This is a shock to me, as I have been wondering all along if I had just social anxiety and Asperger syndrome. But Schizophrenia?

But I do seem to have the Alogia and that part of Schizophrenia. I often have to mentally pause during conversation in order to formulate responses to questions during job interviews or psychiatric sessions. Slow verbal response time. Slow thinker. My mind freezes, and then starts back up again. Freezes, then starts back up again. Almost like binary code or something. Ones and zeros.

Anyhow, they tried Abilify with me. My main problem is occupational as I don't know how to make a living. I am currently working minimum wage at Burger King. But after trying Abilify a couple times, I developed bad, dystonic reactions. I had to be taken to the hospital and injected with Benadyrl (which worked). So had to stop Abilify becasue of my allergic reaction. My therapist said that rarely or isn't supposed to happen. She mentioned that Abilify is a newer one that is suppposed to have less side effects than some others. But not my case. I got serious Dystonia.

I have been taking Zoloft for a few months for anxiety and depression. Now, they seem to recommend Seroquel, combined with Zoloft for a "synergistic" effect, he said. But he said I do not have Schizophrenia, nor Bi-polar. He says I just have severe anxiety or something like that. So maybe they misdiagnosed me with Schizophrenia? Or do they still think I have schizophrenia, which is why they recommend Seroquel? I do believe that mental health professionals often don't divulge certain psychiatric conditions because a patient may get worse knowing he/she now has such and such a "mental illness". I mean, if I just have severe anxiety, why give me anti-psychotics? Why diagnose me with Schizophrenia in the first place, which she did.

I think Seroquel, like many meds, can have other effects other than primary. But not often. I think if you're subscribed something like Seroquel, you must have some sort of psychiatric condition to some serious degree, like Schizoiphrenia or Bi-polar. It's almost like you have to. They can't just prescribe you anti-psych meds if you do not need them, because, of serious side effects (maybe life threatening). But that's just what I think. So I think if they say you take Seroquel for something like anxiety, I think they're just saying that to make you think all you have is anxiety. But really you have schizophrenia or bi-polar. But they just don't want to formally tell you you have schizophrenia or bi-polar because it is such a severe "label" to receive as opposed to just being told you have "anxiety".

But these are just some of my thoughts.

Bottom line: if you're prescribed seroquel by a mental health professional, I think you must have something like Schizophrenia or Bi-polar.

Josh





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