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? why are people so worried about developing schizophrenia

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why are people on this board so worried about developing schizophrenia?
i mean if you're in another place and not aware of it (my take on sch) surely thats so much better than the horror of dp. i read a post by john59 a few days ago about basically what i see as full on dp (it had a different name) and i suppose at my worst i was delusional(if that means knowing that i'm dead and not being able to escape the horror). seriously i know that nothing can be as terrible. i'm not overly odsessive or self monitoring but when in full on dp there is no space for that anyway, existing is unbearable.
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I can't speak for everyone else, but for me schizophrenia just represents the end, the point of no return.

If I just remain the neurotic mess that I am then, whatever else happens, I can recover, and I believe that I will some day, even if it means that I have to invest in a large amount of therapy like Janine did. As long as there's some light at the end of the tunnel, however faint, I'm willing to bear this, for now.

Schizophrenia, on the other hand, is a whole different ball-game. The prosepcts for full recovery are slim. If that's what I've got then "that's it", my life's over as far as I'm concerned and I might as well just throw in the towel. Perhaps it's a variation of the "fear of death" that many people have.

I'm scared of developing it because, in some ways, my symptoms might be consistent with an early development of it. Even though I've not got (at least I don't think I've got) any worse after nearly 5 months with all of this.

And I'm pretty sure that a large number of schizophrenics are very much aware of their feelings, even if they don't have insight to perceive what is causing them or that they are irrational. A schizophrenic might lack insight into what, if anything, is wrong with them - but they'd still feel the paranoia, still experience the delusions and hallucinations and still have to live in what is effectively a permanent nightmare.

I don't think that's better than DP in the least; I'd much rather stick wth DP, for now.
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I'd dispute the the likelihood of terrorist attacks, but that's another issue altogether, I suppose.

I wouldn't say the fear is that DP will somehow "lead to" or cause schizophrenia, but rather that the DP is a symptom of schizophrenia on its way.

You do have a point, though. If it's gonna happen, it's gonna happen - and there's nothing you can do about it. So it makes sense to act "as if" it's not a possibility, because if you're not going to develop the disorder then worryiong is pointless and, in fact, counterproductive.
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