01-12-2016 08:55 AM
Is there a difference between schizophrenia and psychosis? My daughter was diagnosed with schizophrenia three years ago but she has never had a time when she wasn't in psychosis. From what i have read about schizophrenia this shouldn't be the case. Any information is greatly appreciated. Many thanks,
02-12-2016 11:32 AM - edited 02-12-2016 11:33 AM
There is a group of illnesses which disrupt the functioning of the brain so much, they cause a condition called psychosis. When someone experiences psychosis they are unable to distinguish what is real — there is a loss of contact with reality. Most people are able to recover from an episode of psychosis.
Schizophrenia can be diagnosed after someone has been unwell for six months or more, including at least one month during which they experience active symptoms of psychosis. But not everyone who experiences psychosis will go on to develop schizophrenia. It is possible to experience a single episode of psychosis and never have the experience again.
People can experience on going psychosis, usually when they are not recieving the proper treatment from someone who is specialised or has experience in this area.
Is your daughter receiving support from a Psychiatrist or Psychologist to help with her symptoms?
02-12-2016 03:21 PM
That must be extremely exhausting for you and is debilitating for your daughter. Mostly I have known people who have periods or episodes. Try and enlist as much support for yourself and daughter as possible to reduce the intensity of the experience for both of you.
03-12-2016 04:05 PM - edited 03-12-2016 04:06 PM
By Psychosis do you mean hearing voices cntinually,or delusional thoughts etc?
In addition to Schizophrenia there are many other (often overlooked) illnesses that can cause symptoms of Psychosis such as Thyroid Disorders,Cushings Disease,Insulinoma,Vitamin B 12 deficiency (best tested using Methylmalonic acid levels),TLE,NMDAR antibody Encephalitis,Inborn errors of Metabolism,early onset Dementia etc .
A diffeen cause apart from Schizophrenia is often even more likely if the person has co- occuring physical symptoms.
*Disclaimer*: Im not suggesting this is or isn't the case for your daughter,
03-12-2016 04:19 PM
Hi @ivana and all,
That's a really intersting post, but I just need to jump in here and remind everyone that noone here is medically trained. As such, we won't be able to give medical advice or diagnoses.
Very interesting topic though! Please keep the discussion going.
03-12-2016 06:30 PM
04-12-2016 06:57 PM
i am going through a nightmare since my son was detained, diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, discharged on a CTO. temporarily lived with friends. i visited him and took him out, assisted him with stuff he needed to do, took him some food. he sent me messages not to worry about him he was fine, look after myself because my anxiety levels were high andobviously showing. he has since thursday rapidly declined, sent many paranoid abusive text messages and phone call to his dad and myself. it now appears that he did not have his last injection even though he asked me to ring them and let them know he was running late. they have gone out to the place where he was staying twice with police and now know that he is no longer living there. they are trying to place a missing person report now. i have been on the phone most of yesterday and today with the mental health team and the police - hearing conflicting information. my depression this week has sunk to very low and my anxiety feels as though it is ready to physically jump out of my body.
my son said such horrible horrible stuff in his texts about myself and my husband. he has never done this before. we have always had a gentle relationship. now he hate me as much as he hates his father. i am worried out of my mind.
how on earth do i just put it aside and let them take care of it. i know i cant do anything but how can i just switch off my deep love for him just like that????
04-12-2016 08:38 PM
04-12-2016 09:01 PM
04-12-2016 10:14 PM
thank you so much for responding. it helps me so much to have a connection with someone who has an idea of what it is like.
i have virtually been on the phone most of yesterday and today with mental health team and police.
i have done a bit of sleuth work and found he is out of the state - between myself and a policewoman tonight we now know where he is. An employee who works there identified him over the phone because he remembered he stuttered. she is organising police over there to check on him to see that he is ok. my main concern is that he is going downhill after receiving those horrible text messages and finding out that he didnt have his last injection.
The policewoman has been brilliant and i have stressed that it must not be recorded anywhere that his mum and dad have been in contact. he would then feel that we were against him as well. he already thinks that everyone else is out to get him. he told me that they have threatened him about his family safety too. I have tried to read posts on lived experience page to try and get an idea how frightening it must be for him. to feel that he needs to run away leave all his family behind.
i have to try and distract myself. read a book, meditation doesnt work when i am so wound up. i will just pray for him that he is safe. goodnight tawney and thank you so much.
I will say a prayer for you too and @teej please be safe - your name (t) means talented (e) means energised (e) exceptional (j) joy - looking forward to hearing from you when you are rested and rejuvenated.
thank you tawney xx
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