Ask the Therapist About Psychosis

My Daughter Blames Me for Her Suicide in Her Farewell Letter. How Can I Survive?

From Netherlands: Our beloved daughter committed suicide at age 20 on 9 September 2014. She was a brilliant student but had difficulties with her studies and holding friends. She was depressed and liked to be home with us her parents and sister. She was diagnosed with autism or schizoid. She decided not to be treated. She could never express her feelings, she said she could not feel. She took pills and left us on...
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Paranoid Schizophrenia with Intolerance to Anti-Psychotics

I had my first psychotic episode about 3 years ago after long periods of stress and some sleepless nights, which lasted about 3 months. I was a PhD student at the time and I was living alone. First month, I was completely detached from reality with delusions but without any hallucinations. I also had severe anxiety with panic attacks later. My friend brought me to the psychiatrist and after lots of tests, he diagnosed...
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Schizophrenia Issues

Hello, First and foremost I am currently starting psychiatric care again after 7 years with a view to changing/increasing my medication. I am currently taking rispirodone 3mg once a day and I have been for 7 years. My condition makes me feel like everybody whether they are real people in my life or characters on a tv show or unknown voices in my head, they are all trying to navigate me through my life....
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Delusional Mother Turning Against Her Family

Just over a year ago my mother started talking to me about things that didn’t make too much sense. She believed her neighbors often would yell things threw the walls at her. She moved to a different province shortly after (as my parents retired.) She claimed the neighbors wrote letters to the police about her because she occasionally smoked weed. Since moving she has been having constant delusions that a neighbor is stalking her....
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There Seems to Be Something Wrong with My Brain

From 13 year old girl in Canada: I seem to alter my personality in mirror of who is with me. I feel like a different person, even if I don’t talk when I am around others. When I am alone I act more comfortably, more like myself; a little emotionless. I also have been hallucinating and hearing voices I’ve never known before, or strange things like aardvark-like creatures. I used to be a bit...
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Are People Born Bad?

Greetings, first of all please forgive me if my thoughts aren’t being portrayed correctly in my writing. Anyway. My family has had a history of mental illness/disorders, my grandmother suffered from sociopathy and we believe that her mother was schizoid. Recently, I have begun thinking that something is wrong with me, too. I’ve tried to recall moments in my life when I have shown what some people call “concerning” traits/perspectives and there has been...
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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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