It’s possible that you are experiencing early symptoms of a mental health disorder, potentially schizophrenia or a personality disorder: schizotypal disorder. Among psychotic disorders, early symptoms of psychosis are referred to as the prodromal phase. Research shows that the prodromal phase is characterized by changes in perception, beliefs, cognition, mood, affect and behavior. Nearly 80 to 90 perfcent of individuals who ultimately develop schizophrenia report experiencing early prodromal symptoms.
Many researchers and clinicians believe that patients experiencing prodromal symptoms should begin treatment immediately. The importance of early intervention among individuals experiencing early psychosis symptoms cannot be overstated.
Early treatment of psychosis can prevent the development of a full-scale psychotic episode. I would recommend seeking professional help immediately. Make an appointment with a mental health professional and report your symptoms.
Another consideration is to contact a psychiatric hospital or a local university to determine if they have a “first episode” program. Around the world, there has been an expansion in the number of “first episode” and early psychosis programs. Researchers recognize that early diagnosis and treatment could prevent the development of psychotic episodes or assist individuals in recovering from their illnesses more quickly. Please take care.