It’s common for people with anxiety to believe that they are developing schizophrenia. As I’ve said many times in this column, it is one of the most common questions that I receive here at Psych Central. People with anxiety disorders tend to believe that the worst will happen to them. In the minds of many people, schizophrenia is the worst case scenario and thus they worry that they’re going to develop it.
The fact that you were evaluated by mental health professionals and were diagnosed with anxiety disorders would indicate that you do not have schizophrenia or a related disorder. Your fears about schizophrenia are likely a symptom of your anxiety disorders. It was likely something that your evaluators recognized and factored into their evaluation and diagnosis.
It’s also important to remember that their opinion is objective. Your opinion, however, is not. Your views are being filtered through fear. Fear clouds judgment which can lead to incorrect conclusions.
Your evaluators likely recommended treatment. Anxiety disorders are highly responsive to treatment. Cognitive behavioral therapy and medication are effective treatments for anxiety disorders.
In the meantime, it’s important to believe in facts. They will help you stay grounded in reality which will ultimately decrease your anxiety. It is factual to state that you were diagnosed with an anxiety disorder and not a psychotic disorder. That should ease your anxiety. Believing in truth and reality is the best way to ease anxiety. That’s something you will learn in counseling.
Treatment will help you tremendously. I hope you will try it.