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bvc123q
March 12th, 2009, 06:23 PM
I looked in the faq thread and i have most of those symtims. I have voices in my head and I hear things that arnt real I do wierd things in my mind. Is there a way to be forsure? How am I going to tell my parents? Do you think i am?

Oblivion
March 12th, 2009, 06:24 PM
The only way to tell for sure, is to see a trained specialist.
And telling your parents may be awkward, but it's important to be healthy.

IAMSAM
March 12th, 2009, 09:56 PM
Ahhh, 'FAQ', also easily misinterpreted as 'Self diagnosis'. Don't so this.

Schizophrenia runs in families, so unless some blood relative has it, the chances of you having it are pretty slim. Evenso, the chances of you having it are somewhere around 2-3%, it's not at all common, esp. in teens.

Everyone has their own little voice in their head, but it's not a hallucination. It's the way we think, with words. Likewise a lot of teens have 'weird ideas'. Knowing they're weird, though, makes it less likely its schizphrenia. Most schozphrenics think they're perfectly normal, their reality testing is so faulty they cannot see that those thoughts, ideas, feelings, are so terribly wrong.

If you read a list of symptoms for a lot of serious illnesses, you might mistakenly believe you have it. That's because a lot of people have some of the sypmtoms some of the time, but in order to have something, you need a lot of them, most (or all) of the time, and they need to be around a long time, and severely impair your functioning.

If you still believe that you have some major illness, you should talk with your folks and let them determine what the best course of action is.

INFERNO
March 13th, 2009, 11:19 PM
Self-diagnosing doesn't get you anywhere good. You can browse through a variety of disorders, look at the symptoms and see many that may match you. Does that mean you have it? No. There's a specific list of criteria to be met, AND meet some of the symptoms.

IAMSAM, I have to disagree with what you said about schizophrenia not being common in teens. It tends to occur in adolescence the most often. To the OP, this doesn't mean you should start panicking.

I think it's nothing but if talks to the folks makes you feel better, then go do that.