Ask the Therapist About Psychosis

I’m Hearing Voices

From the Netherlands: I am a healthy 38 year old male. I pray, meditate and concentrate a lot. I do all kinds of nice and interesting things, so live my life reasonably mentally comfortable. Yet, it seems like I’m hearing these voices in my head from royals and other politicians. It’s really annoying to have people constantly telling me what to do like if I would be living with my mother again. The way...
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Shadow People & Worry/Fear

For the past year now I have been seeing “shadowy beings” in the corner of my eyes. Whenever I turn to look at the shadow it disappears. Whenever I sorta see the shadow I also get the feeling that I am being watched. This has caused me to put tape over my phone camera. Along with the realization that I am seeing this thing, my fear and worry has grown so much. I knew...
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Elderly Relative in Long-Term Therapy

I am a “sandwiched” middle aged mom, placed in the somewhat awkward position of helping my aging mother-in-law. She has been in therapy all of her adult life. She was abused as a child and has suffered from various psychiatric and emotional problems (depression, borderline personality, hoarding/compulsive acquiring). My question is this: how do psychiatrists keep family members in the loop when someone with existing psychiatric problems starts to show signs of possible cognitive...
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Friend Can’t Tell Reality from Fantasy

I worked for a woman (estranged) who seriously believes she’s a fictional character, she can’t tell the difference between reality and fantasy. She has since convinced two of her female staff they are men and is forcing them into sexual situations with her. She won’t say she’s a lesbian even though she calls her clearly female partners men (she just forces them to dress like men). When she first met these girls she refused...
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Is this Schizophrenia?

I know you get questions about Schizophrenia a lot, and I apologize for taking your time, but I couldn’t find any answered questions similar to my situation. I believe I may be suffering from Schizophrenia, but I’m not sure. I was wondering if you could tell me if my situations sounds like Schizophrenia at all. I’m seeing a therapist soon because my mother thinks I have anxiety and depression (and I agree) but I...
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Does My Mother Have a Mental Illness Problem?

From Australia: I am losing hope and no one I contacted can give me help because no one knows what I’m going through which brings me here. I have no idea if my mother is ill or not, I feel very sorry for her because of this. She is a single and very lonely 55 year old. I still live with her, but planning to move out as soon as possible because of her...
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Weird Feeling in Head — Sign of Psychosis?

I am 25 and I am really worried that I might have a mental illness. My sibling has had a psychosis since an early age (started when she was 12-13). So far, I have had no hallucinations or delusions, my thinking is not impaired, I don’t neglect my hygiene, and I am not forgetful. But recently (as I have been abroad and separated from the people I love), I have started worrying a lot...
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Inappropriate Emotional Responses to Stimuli

First of all, I’d like to apologize in advance if this isn’t as coherent as you’d like; my thoughts have the tendency to be a bit disorganized. Please don’t hate me. I just turned 20 and I was diagnosed with Schizophrenia and Major Depression when I was 17. I was later diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Mania. I’m really sad all the time. I’ve taken lots of different kinds of medication but they...
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Is This Psychosis?

Teenager here. I keep thinking people with glasses can feel my presence coming, even if I am walking behind them. I keep thinking they can feel my thoughts (especially when it is silent, and when they are staring)and I held on to this belief for many years, making me very uncomfortable. I have seen a psychologist, but she said I am might not have it? What should I do? A. What you may be...
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How Do I Cope with My Tactile & Auditory Hallucinations?

My hallucinations started out as just whispers in my head and simple things like light touches on my body but now they’ve gotten worse. Instead of a whisper, I hear a loud voice talking outside me. Instead of a light touch from some disembodied hand, I feel someone’s entire body wrapped around mine. These two now appear together instead of separately like they did before, so it feels like there are real people surrounding...
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I’m Obsessed with a Celebrity

From India: Hello. I am just a normal girl who happens to see a movie about a certain actor approximately 10 years from now. My father and i have always shared a loving and fulfilling relationship but my mother is not mentally healthy, so sometimes i feel like there’s a gap that needs to be filled within my heart. What started as a very innocent crush like feeling ended up being my worst nightmare....
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