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Uni-G's recent psych visit

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Heya... felt like sharing some stuff...

I recently went to the psych for some testing. When I got there, the psychiatrist told me "we are investigating a possible psychosis...maybe schizophrenia"!!!!!!!! Schizophrenia?!?!?!?! I was surprised to hear that word. Before I go to most of my appointments nowadays I usually drop of a copy of Daphne Simeon's latest DP paper, this psych included. I told her I disagree with the whole psychosis thing and me, telling her I strongly feel I have DP. Her response? "Some people try to promote certain disorders..." I couldn't believe my ears, once again. I was initially confused at her response but later realized she does not believe DP exists. Has anyone else had this experience?

As for the psychosis, I have a hard time understanding why this has been proposed. Of course, hearing the word schizophrenia disturbed me and I am having a difficult time getting over it. As far as I've read, those with a psychosis cannot differentiate reality from unreality. I, on the other hand, can. I feel like people are looking at me, when in fact I know they are not. I feel like people are laughing at me, when in fact I know they are not. What bothers me is that those with social anxiety also experiences this. (of course I also experience DP symptoms) I feel the psychs have focused on certain symptoms of mine and ignored others.

You may wonder why I care what 'they' call it... Well, I know I shouldn't, as long as these titles do me no harm. But it is difficult feeling like the psychiatrists are not on my side.
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I would be feeling exactly the same as you. Im not a psychiatrist but I don't think you are psychotic or schizophrenic. I would perhaps find another one who does believe in dp. Labels scare the shit out of me too, but at the end of the day, it means nothing. You are you. Besides, schizophrenics don't have coherent thought processes like you seem too, and like you say, you KNOW that people aren't looking at you. I think schizophrenia and psychosis is a total leap into unreality, with no questionning it. I don't know but it's just what I understand of it. Try not to let the pending diagnosis bother you, and if you don't agree with it, get another opinion. Certainly don't start taking anti-psychotics if you don't need them (although a lot of people find them helpful for DR from what I gather)
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