A notable portion of the global population suffers from schizophrenia, but very few actually recognize it. If you suspect that you may be a victim of schizophrenia, the very first thing you should do is schedule an appointment with a trained medical professional. These individuals possess a great deal of knowledge regarding mental illness and will be able to identify whether or not you are indeed a victim.
If that’s not currently an option, be it because of financial concerns or whatnot, your next course of action would be to educate yourself about the disease. Read as much as you can about schizophrenia:
- Types of Schizophrenia
- Schizophrenia Symptoms
- Causes of Schizophrenia
- Schizophrenia Hallucinations
- Schizophrenia Delusions
The more you learn about it, the easier it’ll be to determine whether you fit into the category of a schizophrenic.
Note also that the Web is chockablock with many “do you have schizophrenia” quizzes. They contain a litany of questions that survey the type of symptoms you are experiencing and then provide an educated computer-programmed guess as to whether or not you suffer from schizophrenia.
Some of the questions you might encounter include the following:
- Do you hear or see things that others don’t?
- You do feel you possess a special power?
- Do you believe people are out to get you?
Keep in mind that the answer you receive or arrive at cannot be construed as for certain, in that you still need the expertise of a professional to determine with 100% accuracy whether you really are a schizophrenic.
If you manage to see a professional, he or she will basically ask you questions similar to the ones you might see on screening tests. The difference is that your answers won’t be limited to simple choices. You’ll be able to explain your symptoms in detail.
Note also that many schizophrenics also suffer from other conditions, be it anxiety, depression, autism or whatnot. You should in fact check your whole family history to see what conditions are present. If anyone in your near or distant family suffers or suffered from schizophrenia, the chances of you having it automatically rise by default.
If you feel you suffer from schizophrenia, please do seek assistance as soon as possible. Left untreated, schizophrenia is a degenerative disease that will worsen over time. Eventually, someway and somehow, you will need to pursue both antipsychotic medication and therapy.