I wish I could give you conclusive answer. It is not likely bi-polar.
What about Schizophrenia? I think thats my main fear
What you are having, if it is psychiatric, is an olfactory (smell) hallucination. Some schizophenics do have them, but it is very rare.
You could have these and it need not be psychiatric. May be stress reaction or an obscure environmental cause.
Its just I cant be sure/unsure if it is or not? I just fear the worse that it is, I mean having an olfactory (smell) hallucination on 1 hand only? Does this sound reasonable? Or not would you say?
thats what i was hoping it would be
Olfactory hallucinations are very rare.
or hopefully just an external smell, but its driving me mad, the uncertainty of not knowing ><
The pattern of it is suspicious, i.e. sound too specific to be schizophrenic.
as in it sounds unlikely?
I know I am reassurance seeking now
It may be part of your OCD, when overly stressed you get this odd pattern of smell. It may be a little mental disorganization slipping through as the pettern seems OCD.
How old are you?
I have seen a Pdoc and been diagnosed OCD / GAD, a fear of schizophrenia and bipolar is one of my main obsessions
im always questioning what I see of hear
This is getting a little old for schizophrenia to start.
This fear may be contributing to this, a lot.
I think so also, I cant stop myself worrying and before I know it, im googling 'schizpophrenia' and 'olfactory hallucinations'
and then it just staerts a snowball effect
and because there is no definite way to find out if I am smelling this smell or not...im stuck in a ryt, and here I am now!
You also can have "benign hallucinations" and not be schizophrenic. As you get stress your defenses break down and you worst fears seem to come true.
I don't believe you would obsess like this if it were schizophrenia.
Olfactory hallunications would be more constant and you would like not have any doubt.
So would you say from what I have said, that it would be unlikely to be Schizophrenia? Given all the info?
So no insight, I would believe them to actually be real and not doubt
the more I hear, the more it sounds like OCD symptoms, not schizophrenia
I guess im showing typical reassurance seeking, its just I cant stop worrying, its a living nightmare! But thankyou for all of your answers today
I just think it would more clearly hallucination and persistant. Like hearing voices, you know it is unreal.
I need to mention one more thing....
all I would like to add is would this change anything? One other thing I experience, is random memory flashbacks during the day also, and food flashbacks if that makes sense, i dont 'taste' the food, just imagine it? could these be intrusive thoughts?
Sometime olfactory hallucinations are neurological, so you may want to check with neurology. Again, it sounds OCD and I don't want to contribute to fears as both neurological and schizophrenia show like this would be very rare, especially given the intrusive nature of this and the fact your OCD has "chosen this to focus on. I really believe it is part of OCD.
I also think neurological is more likely than schizophrenia, but seriously doubt if it is either.
Thanks Dr, I didnt expect such a thorough answer, you have been really helpful
Do i press accept now? Havent done this before
yes, the memory flashes sound like random or intrusive thoughts
Yes, I would appreciate that.
Thanks again, have a nice evening :D