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Re: I Am Terrified.
Jan 23, 2014
I am absolutely delayed on making a response for this post, however, what could it hurt?

I noticed immediately in a lot of the comments, the distortion of information that has been noted incorrectly.

To begin with, an individual with Schizophrenia is not incoherent or "out of it" as one may say. In fact, Schizophrenic's not only test with high I.Q. results, but are able to be entirely coherent during the experience of an episode. This is because Schizophrenia does not range from severe to psycho [I]only[/I]. Schizophrenia ranges from minimal experiences (hearing your name whispered once in your lifetime) to dangerously severe experiences (consistent hallucinations and delusions). I only say this as I am a college student in Psychopathology with a major in Schizophrenia and Sleep Paralysis, as well as a diagnosed Schizophrenic individual, myself. If I were "out of it", obtaining a college degree would not have been possible for me.

In turn to this, after my diagnosis of Schizophrenia, I began documenting times, dates, and experiences with each episode of tantrums, hallucinations, feelings of delusion, and more. With that, it is possible for one with Schizophrenia to document coherently.

With this, it has also been noted that Schizophrenic members may not be aware that their behaviors or thoughts are abnormal, but this can only be considered partially true. Schizophrenia was given a quote by a well known doctor named Sigmund Freud and the quote was "Schizophrenia is like finger-prints. No two are the same." Individuals that contain severe levels of Schizophrenia may not be able to become coherent to their environment during an episode, while other individuals of Schizophrenia that are moderate are able to be entirely coherent to their behaviors, thoughts, emotions, etc. In an example, there is a young girl by the name of Janie who was diagnosed with Schizophrenia at the age of six, I believe. When asked regarding her Schizophrenia, she knew what she saw were hallucinations and responded with "When I look at the ceiling, I am watching my hallucinations." Entirely aware that her behavior of looking upward means she is in the phase of a hallucination. However, when asked questions during other episode experiences, the episodes had been so severe, she was unable to respond.

However, to end on this note, in reading what I have of your post, it seems you do not have Schizophrenia per se. However, there is a study that shows all persons in the world experience a symptoms of Schizophrenia in some form or another. With that being said, in science, the belief in God is even considered a delusion. A delusion is an unshakable belief (such as aliens abducting you without proof of their existence), where a hallucination is viewing due to the lack of stimuli in sensory organs (seeing what you believe is an alien appear).

To better assist, here are the symptoms of Schizophrenia:
- Hallucinations
- Delusions
- Loss of functioning in emotion
- Loss of motivation
- The inability to hold a job or goal for an extended period of time
- Paranoia
- The ability to remain motionless for extended periods of time (Catatonic Schizophrenia)

Always check with a professional. Even if it may be that you are in the clear of a mental disorder.

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