Psychosis Articles

Psychosis, Delusions, Substance Abuse: Possible Schizophrenia?

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Thursday, April 3rd, 2014
I know I am suffering from symptoms of schizophrenia but I also know I am not a doctor & self diagnosing can sometimes be counterproductive. I am hoping you can lend some insight to my current situation. I was hospitalized on March 1, 2014 after ...

Does My Daughter Have a Specific Disorder?

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Thursday, April 3rd, 2014
My daughter, Sally, is 14 years old and she has been experiencing some unusual things for about 1 year now. She see shapes floating in the air, she will actually hear music, radio static, footsteps up and down the hallway, and people whispering. She will ...

My Imaginary Friend Is Becoming Too Real

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Monday, March 31st, 2014
I've had an imaginary friend for years. Lately, when I see myself in the mirror, I hear her telling me how worthless I am. She seems to take over and I can't do anything to stop her. I've been carving words, of her choice, into ...

Schizophrenia Symptoms?

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Saturday, March 29th, 2014
Ever since I was 16 at least, I've heard ongoing music in my head that I think at times other people can hear. I also think I may have schizophrenia due to the fact that I think other people can hear the music. Now that ...

Constantly Changing Diagnoses

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Thursday, March 20th, 2014
I was first diagnosed in 2008 after I had been hearing voices for a little under a year. After 1 1/2 to 2 years I was stabilized with meds. No voices. Only a couple of suicide attempts. I then had a baby. About a year ...

Son Released from Hospital, Now What?

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Wednesday, March 19th, 2014
Hello, I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder about 10 years ago, and I am very stable at the moment. I have helped my daughter through her struggles with depression and anxiety. I never expected my son to show any signs of mental illness, because he ...

Paranoid?

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Wednesday, March 19th, 2014
My close friends say I'm being paranoid, while another says its a mild form of schizophrenia. It kind if just started happening when I moved to Canada about two years ago. I'm always caught up on things like: -People watching me through my living room window (there's ...

I Need Help

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Monday, March 17th, 2014
My name is Amy and I'm a 14 year old girl. I'm kind of stuck in a tough situation and I was wondering if you could give me any advice. When I was 13 I got bullied and then I was diagnosed with having depression, ...

Fear of Being Framed and Being Lied About

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Saturday, March 15th, 2014
It all started after high school. I smoked a lot of marijuana, watched a lot of conspiracy, and was practically a shut in. I started to suspect there was conspiracy in my own life, things that people thought about me that I didn't know. After ...

I Believe I Have Schizotypal Personality Disorder: Should I Seek Help?

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Wednesday, March 12th, 2014
I've been having hallucinations that usually last for only a few seconds or minutes at the most such as smelling, seeing, and hearing things others don't, feeling like I'm being watched, or someone is touching me. I tend to isolate myself, and it's hard for ...

Pre-Teen Visits Alternate Dimension?

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Monday, March 10th, 2014
My daughter is 12 years old and has exhibited some signs of sensory integration differences: can't stand to see metal when eating, excessively cold, hyper-reacts to food textures. She sometimes has difficulty relating to others, especially authority figures; however, she is fairly well-adjusted socially with ...

Does This Sound Like Psychosis?

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Thursday, March 6th, 2014
Hi. When I was around 6 years old I started believing that there were people outside my window watching me and that there were cameras in my walls and teddies. I believed I was always being watched and monitored. Later, when I started being on ...