reply to post by Uniceft17
Hi there. Well, first of all, let me say, I know it can be scary to go through what you're going through, because I've been there myself.
It does sound like you're having some hallucinations.....but, I'm not a physician, so I cannot diagnose you. However, there are LOTS of medical
illnesses that can cause hallucinations and delusions and psychosis, that can LOOK like schizophrenia. For example, some people are allergic to wheat,
and they can look like they have schizophrenia. Some people can have thyroid or other endocrine disorders, and it can also look like psychosis.
So, first, go see a regular doctor and be sure to ask for a full MEDICAL workup before you see a psychatrist, or while you are seeing a psychiatrist,
to rule out other problems. Lots of people are misdiagnosed every year, and end up spending years in the psych system when they didn't need to. The
psychiatrists are often not very good at ordering tests to rule out other medical problems.
The reason I stress this is because I was partially misdiagnosed for years, when it turns out I have no thyroid gland. Long story, but misdiagnoses do
happen. I ended up in the hospital three times before we figured out I had no thyroid gland. I might still have bipolar disorder....probably do....
but my main problem is that I have no thyroid gland. (Very, very rare problem....the endocrinologist couldn't believe it. Long story.)
Anyway, here's my advice:
1. Go to your regular doctor. Tell him or her what's happening to you. Ask for a full medical work-up to rule out medical conditions that can cause
hallucinations. A FULL medical workup.
2. If he/she suggests you go see a psychiatrist, do it. You don't want to have a psychotic break....I've had plenty of them, and trust me, they're
no fun!! Better to avoid them and prevent them, than have them.
3. If the psych meds don't work, and if you have no other medical problems causing your symptoms, look into alternative medicine, such as homeopathy.
Try to find a physician or a psychiatrist who also practices homeopathy....there are a few of them out there.
Since I started doing "alternative medicine" (hypnosis and homeopathy) I have not ever been back in the hospital. Homeopathy and hypnosis
literally saved my life. Even my parents tell me it's amazing how much better I am since I started homeopathy. They saw me struggle for years with
regular psych meds which did nothing for me.
If you want to read a book about homeopathy for mental illness, you can read a book called Prozac Free by the Ullmans. They are naturopathic
physicians. However, homeopathy is expensive. It works....but, it's expensive. (The remedies are super-cheap, but it's seeing a homeopath who can
find the right remedy for you that's expensive.) And they are not covered by most health insurance companies, either.
4. There's also a great book I recommend called "Spiritual Emergency: When Personal Transformation Becomes a Crisis" by a psychiatrist named
Stanislof Grof, M.D.. I wish I would have had read it before I got really sick, because it would have helped me understand what was happening to me.
His belief is that many people who are diagnosed as 'mentally ill" are actually having "spiritual emergencies" that can often look like mental
illnesses. (For example, you could be psychic and having a psychic opening.)
5. If you feel like you could be a danger to yourself or others, of course, go to a hospital. I've been hospitalized several times, and each time I
was in the hospital, it was the best place for me, because I was scared to death. I wasn't a danger to myself or others, but I was petrified about
what was happening to me, and it helped me to be in the hospital, because I lived alone, and just had no concept of what was real and what was not.
The psychotic break was terrifying...the hospital wasn't too bad! It was a safe place, and I felt better when I was in there. The people were
nice...there's no reason to be afraid of going to the psych hospital if you need it during a crisis.
6. If they diagnose you as bipolar, ask to try lithium first. I'm a pharmacist, and I can tell you that for years, they've been pushing all the
newer antipsychotic medications on people with bipolar disorder when lithium usually works better, and is much cheaper, and it doesn't cause nearly
as much weight gain or movement disorders as the antipsychotic medications.
Other alternatives to antpsychotics are the anticonvulsants, such as depakote, topamax, and lamictal. Anticonvulsants often work very well in bipolar
If you get diagnosed as schizophrenic, don't worry, it's not the end of the world. I have a really, really good friend who is schizophrenic and I
would never have known he was schizophrenic if he hadn't told me. He's a brilliant writer, very funny, and quite handsome. And he's been on psych
meds for years. He's really good about taking his antipsychotic meds, and he's doing wonderfully.
The trick is, is to get correctly diagnosed first, then to get the right therapy for you. Sometimes it's treating the underlying cause, sometimes
it's medication, sometimes it's holistic therapy. But please, start out by seeing a doctor, because I would hate for anything to happen to you!
Hope that helps. Hope you feel better soon.
[edit on 28-7-2009 by nikiano]