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Can a person have Dissociative Amnesia, PTSD, and

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Hi there,
Can a person have Dissociative Amnesia, PTSD, and Schizophrenia at the same time? Can you also list the correct schizophrenia symptoms I searched on the internet and I am very confused?
Thanks
DrFee :

Hello! Please remember that my response is for information only, we are not establishing a therapeutic relationship.


DrFee :

Yes, it is possible to have a 3 disorders.


DrFee :

The symptoms for Schizophrenia fall into 3 categories.


DrFee :

Positive symptoms, negative symptoms, and cognitive symptoms

DrFee :

Positive symptoms include hallucinations, delusions, thought disorders, movement disorders

DrFee :

Negative symptoms include:

"Flat affect" (a person's face does not move or he or she talks in a dull or monotonous voice)
Lack of pleasure in everyday life
Lack of ability to begin and sustain planned activities
Speaking little, even when forced to interact.

DrFee :

Cognitive symptoms include:

Poor "executive functioning" (the ability to understand information and use it to make decisions)
Trouble focusing or paying attention
Problems with "working memory" (the ability to use information immediately after learning it).

These symptoms are far more subtle, easier to miss ---

Customer:

Dr. Free


Customer:

I am 27 years old and I am shocked thet diagnosed me with Schizophrenia I thought it only happens in teens and early adulthood


DrFee :

Hi --


Customer:

Hi


DrFee :

You are still within the normal age range, but I imagine that it could be quite a shock! As you look over the symptoms, do they sound like what you experience?


Customer:

I hear voices every other day and sometimes everyday night time is worst


Customer:

I see things


Customer:

I saw people on mirros


Customer:

mirros


Customer:

sorry


Customer:

Mirror


Customer:

I believe my manager is after me and she is following me or try to harm me


DrFee :

Well, then you are having auditory and visual hallucinations. This can happen with some (not all) people with Bipolar Disorder as well --was that ruled out for you?


DrFee :

The paranoia can occur with both disorders too.


Customer:

nop


Customer:

First they diagnosed me with Major depression sever with psychotic features


Customer:

now they diagnosed me Schzophrenia


DrFee :

I see --that makes sense --keep in mind, it takes some time to adjust and accept a diagnosis (of any kind). You do need time for that shock to go away.


DrFee :

Have they given you a treatment plan?


Customer:

only Anti psychotic and effexor


Customer:

but not much helpful


DrFee :

That's not helpful. You could use some education about the illness, support, etc.


Customer:

I been hearing voices and see things since April 2012


Customer:

it is been like 6 months


DrFee :

I'm sorry to hear that --but I would expect it to take at least a year (minimum) to adjust/accept


DrFee :

You may want to check out the National Alliance for Mental Illness www.nami.org


Customer:

and I don't know why I have depressed feelings too this is too much


DrFee :

depression accompanies most mental disorders --that can be tough to deal with as well.


DrFee :

You might want to get a psychotherapist to help you with that.

Customer:

Dr. Free when I spoke to my clinical psychologist


Customer:

I told her that I only have Hallucinations and delusions but not disorganized thought or speech


Customer:

she still said I fit for schizophrenia


Customer:

she mentioned some DSM I don't know what it is


DrFee :

The DSM is the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual --it contains all of the diagnosable conditions and it's what mental health professionals use to make diagnoses.

DrFee :

It lists all of the symptoms/criteria for making a diagnosis

DrFee :

You could always get a second opinion ---


DrFee :

But, I've known people with Schizophrenia without disorganized thought and speech.


DrFee :

When it's under control with medication.


Customer:

I will ask my family doctor to get me a psychiatrist referal


DrFee :

Schizophrenia, like a lot of other disorders, occur on a continuum --from not as severe to extremely severe

Yes, that sounds like a good idea.


Customer:

she did said If it is severe enough if the voice tell me to hurt my self I should go to Emergency


DrFee :

Anything else I can answer for you today?


DrFee :

Sorry --i missed that last line


Customer:

it is ok


DrFee :

Yes, she is right


DrFee :

OK, well, hang in there. Check out Nami --and find a good psychiatrist. Come back here anytime.


Customer:

Thank you so much


Customer:

you helped me alot


Customer:

now I know I am schizophrenic


DrFee :

Things can get better --I've known some people who function very well with Schizophrenia. You are welcome, I am so glad


DrFee :

Take good care.


Customer:

I will


Customer:

Have a great day :)


DrFee :

Thanks, ***** *****! ;)


Customer:

I will ask you question for future


DrFee :

OK --I'll look forward to that!


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