I understand your fears but you can’t continue to ignore your symptoms. Even though you seem to be experiencing delusions and hallucinations, they are not characteristic of schizophrenia. They may be more indicative of a possible neurological problem. The only way to know for certain is to be evaluated either by a psychiatrist or neurologist, or both.
Compounding the problem is your withholding very important information from your therapist. He or she cannot effectively help you if you don’t disclose your symptoms. Part of the reason therapy has been ineffective for you may have been your lack of honesty. Only you have the power to change this aspect of your treatment.
In addition, there is little to no chance that you will be “sent away” to a hospital. You do not meet the criteria for psychiatric hospitalization which in most states is very strict and requires that someone be a danger to themselves or to others. Often individuals who desperately need or want to be hospitalized have difficulty being admitted. Once admitted, many individuals are released within a few days. The latest data from the National Hospital Discharge Survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that the average psychiatric hospital stay is only 7.1 days.
I’m not certain what you consider to be “life intrusive treatment.” Individuals should work with their treatment providers to decrease the intrusiveness of treatments in their life. It is important that you convey this desire and fear to your therapist.
Fear is holding you back from getting the help that you need. Fear can be crippling but only if you allow it to be. Don’t let fear hold you back. Report your symptoms to your therapist. Be honest. Ask him or her for a referral to a neurologist or a psychiatrist for an evaluation. It is the most effective and efficient way to handle this situation.
I wish you well. Please take care. Please consider writing back to let me know how you’re doing.