Anxiety and ptsd? Please help my doc seems to dismiss the schizophrenia but when I read negative and cognitive symptoms it sounds like me
Hello Theresa. Is this the only physician you have seen? Psychiatrist? Psychologist? A complete diagnostic interview is the purpose of determining exactly what is happening with you.
Schizophrenia involves hallucinations, without using drugs, street drugs, pain killers. These can be visual, auditory, paranoia, to list a few possibilities. A doctor is trained to recognize these symptoms. Are you hearing voices in your head that are not yours? This is called psychotic behavior.
Depression is when we simply have lost joy in life and those around us for an extended period of time of at least two weeks.
Anxiety is driven by fear with racing heart, sweaty palms, deep fear of something that might happen.
PTSD is an anxiety that rehearses a past traumatic event that the person does not forget. If very young when this occurred it may not be remembered fully or even blanked out, but it does affect the person until resolved.
That was a very quick overview and not remotely complete. Just categories. Now, almost anyone can experience some of this. A car accident can provoke PTSD for a time. Breaking up with a loved friend can cause depression for a while. Anxiety can be before a public speech. But hearing voices is very explicit. That needs to be looked into. And age is a huge factor for the appearance of schizophrenia. You didn't mention your age.
Sounds to me like you are becoming anxious over your well being because you have some fears that need to be explored. The therapist is your best solution. Find one you trust and explore these ideas. It will sort itself out during your talks and you will know what you are experiencing. No one is able to diagnose themselves. Diagnosis is from the point of the viewer not the patient.
Does that clear up some of the confusion? Karen
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