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Is It Schizophrenia or Anxiety?

Hi, for a while now since my mother’s death i’ve been suffering with health anxiety and i now began suspecting myself to have a schizophrenia. I have also been called neurotic which made more sense to me when i looked it up even though this term is not used much anymore

So for a while now I’ve been experiencing a lot of hypochondrical fears of all kinds. This started happening after my mom passed away form cancer. I have always been a hypochondriac and OCD, but now it has hit a new high peak.

I’ve come up and went to the doctor over so many things. I get obsessed and scared over a certain disease, not out of nowhere, but also not really based on definitive but mostly on minor symptoms. I.e. i’ve had bad coughs and chest pain and i thought I may have TB, done some research and it turned out that i’m in the risk zone. I developed muscle twitches and thought it may be ALS. and it is hard for me to be convinced that I have nothing but it is not impossible. Meaning that i am aware that i am most likely fine, but some symptoms are there and i just don’t want to risk.

Research doesn’t always help and for example reading that the disease is really rare, would still not convince me because if there is a chance, then it’s there. Going to the doctor may or may not help. If an actual test is run and I’m proven to be good, then I don’t worry no more, but if the doctor says “you’re probably fine” just based on evaluation or observation then I still have some doubt.

I never experienced hallucinations when i;m sober and awake, but i do occasionally see and hear things when i transition in and out of sleep. Like one time when i was half awake i saw room flashing blue (could be dream, phone or real hallucination, not sure) and today i’ve had something like a tv in my head when i was half-awake, but still kinda sleeping, i was aware that its not real and probably a dream.

So i wanted to ask, would hypochondriac fears be considered a delusion if i am aware of the low risk, but still worried and would things i see when transitioning in-out of sleep be considered hallucinations?

Thanks (From the USA)

Is It Schizophrenia or Anxiety?

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  I appreciate the courage it takes to ask these questions and will strongly recommend you get a thorough medical evaluation — top to bottom. The best person for this is a neurologist. He or she will be able to review everything that is happening, offer some definitive test, and render an opinion of what needs to be done.

Wishing you patience and peace,
Dr. Dan
Proof Positive Blog @ PsychCentral

 

Is It Schizophrenia or Anxiety?

Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP

Dan Tomasulo Ph.D., TEP, MFA, MAPP teaches Positive Psychology in the graduate program of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, Teachers College and works with Martin Seligman, the Father of Positive Psychology in the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Director of the New York Certification in Positive Psychology for the Open Center in New York City and on faculty at New Jersey City University. Sharecare has honored him as one of the top 10 online influencers on the topic of depression. For more information go to: http://www.dare2behappy.com/. He also writes for Psych Central's Ask the Therapist column and the Proof Positive blog.

APA Reference
Tomasulo, D. (2017). Is It Schizophrenia or Anxiety?. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 23, 2018, from https://psychcentral.com/ask-the-therapist/2017/11/01/is-it-schizophrenia-or-anxiety/

 

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