Can I be developing Schizophrenia?

Submitted by telmo, September 26, 2012

I am 29 years old. My mother is diagnosed paranoid schizophrenic. I recently lost all of my friends and dont feel like I should even be going to work or school bc it's pointless. I dont feel like talking to anyone even though I miss talking to everyone. I dont like answering my phone. I am anxious about it. I dont hallucinate though... Although I do find myself talking to god, even though Im athiest; asking him to end my suffering if he's real. I always twist around things in my mind and make my husband out to sound horrible and just now realized Im afraid I always just do that. He's a perfect guy and I am the one who always fucks everything up. I have untreated PTSD from childhood trauma as well. Could this be the reason I feel like my brain isnt functioning properly? Please, any advice would help me right now.

Hi Telmo, I can certainly

Hi Telmo,

I can certainly appreciate your concern about developing schizophrenia, since your mother has been diagnosed with it. However, nothing you describe really suggests symptoms of schizophrenia. Are other people noticing anything unusual in your behavior?

You didn't say why you recently lost all your friends - did something happen? Did something change?

It does sound like you are extremely hard on yourself, see things in a negative light, and withdraw under stress. PTSD could explain all of that, as could depression.

Have you been evaluated by a mental health professional in the past or recently? That would be my first recommendation, followed by therapy. Therapy can help you work through the unresolved issues related to your history of trauma, and also help you with your relationship with your husband.

If you have more details you'd like to share, that would be great. However, an evaluation and therapy are my best recommendation, regardless.

I hope this helps!

Dr. Cheryl Lane