From Canada: Hello, Last week, I thought I was smelling things that were not there – turns out there were mostly sources for the smells, though I did not smell anything like rotten fish, eggs or anything drastic. On Friday, I read on the internet that smelling things that are not there can be one of the early signs of developing Schizophrenia. From reading that, I got scared and started worrying I was developing Schizophrenia. I went to the doctor on Friday to talk about bloating and headaches, he did a neuro test, and he said that I was fine. However, I smelled some stuff in my room, but I figured it was cause my room was being messy, but recalling back to the article, I was worried that it was Schizophrenia. I do not have the smell issues anymore.
Ever since that day, I have been very worried I have been developing Schizophrenia. I have been posting on the internet on different websites about my fears. I have not heard any voices or see any kind of hallucination. What has been concerning me is these intrusive thoughts I get when I am thinking about Schizophrenia. I find I become alert of my surroundings and I will look at an object, and I will get a thought like “Is that tree talking to me”, “That car is watching me”; and right after I will tell myself “No the car is not watching you, that is what a schizophrenic person will think”;. These thoughts are not constant and I do not get stuck on them.
Part of my fear stems from my Cannabis use that happened when it got legal in Canada. I did not smoke it in my teenage years. I mainly had CBD Cannabis with low amounts of THC (0.5-0.7% thc) or THC/CBD balanced cannabis. I mainly stopped using it frequently in December of last year, and I have been using it not as frequently since, though now I have stopped. I have ADHD and Aspergers, and I read that can increase the risk of Schizophrenia. No one in either side of my family has it, either through first or extended family but I am worried that my use of cannabis could trigger it or the stress I am going through.
Other than that, I have been able to go to work, class and talk with friends normally.