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Old 03-26-2011, 07:28 PM
 
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This is just a general question. Do those with undiagnosed schizophrenia or bi-polar disorder sometimes wonder if they may have it or are they completely oblivious to their own symptoms?
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Old 03-26-2011, 07:31 PM
 
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No....yes....shut up....I don't know.
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Old 03-26-2011, 07:34 PM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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This is just a general question. Do those with undiagnosed schizophrenia or bi-polar disorder sometimes wonder if they may have it or are they completely oblivious to their own symptoms?
I think there is are many different levels of awareness. Some know but are helpless to do anything about it. Others, I think are oblivious. I have known people who were mentally ill who though EVERYBODY else was crazy.

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Old 03-26-2011, 08:23 PM
 
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In my experience working as an ED RN and in Mental Health many years ago, most people do have an awareness of their mental health issues.

The only people who don't are those in an acute manic phase or an acute psychosis.

There are exceptions but the people who come to the ED generally say they are feeling 'unwell' 'not right', or whatever.

If you think you have a mental illness you need to see your PCP who will refer you to a Psychiatrist. A Psychiatrist will do whatever they do and hopefully diagnose you then start with cognitive therapy and/or medication.
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Old 03-26-2011, 08:25 PM
 
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In my experience working as an ED RN and in Mental Health many years ago, most people do have an awareness of their mental health issues.

The only people who don't are those in an acute manic phase or an acute psychosis.

There are exceptions but the people who come to the ED generally say they are feeling 'unwell' 'not right', or whatever.

If you think you have a mental illness you need to see your PCP who will refer you to a Psychiatrist. A Psychiatrist will do whatever they do and hopefully diagnose you then start with cognitive therapy and/or medication.

No. I don't think I am mentally ill but I sympathize with those who are mentally ill because I'm sure it's like a "virus of the mind".

I'm more so artistic and so I am a little off
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Old 03-28-2011, 07:45 AM
 
Location: North Western NJ
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for me, i knew there was "something not right" but i didnt know to what extent untill i had a major swing...

most people i know feel the same way, its more a sense of knowing your not "quite right" than knowing you have an illness...

but i have met a few people who seriously didnt think there was anything wrong with them...
im sure denial plays a big part in that though...
some people accept it and try to help themselves...
some people however ismply cant accept it and go on telling themselves they are perfectly normal...
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Old 03-28-2011, 12:39 PM
 
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Or else you can be like my Mom who was so paranoid schizophrenic for so long without medication that she just KNEW everyone else in the world was a "sicko". lol Ok, I can look back and laugh cuz she's ok now and that only went on for 30 or so years..
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Old 04-23-2011, 08:45 PM
 
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Bennie, it really does vary. Most know that something just isn't right...either they're sleeping all the time, or they're unable to sleep. Either they can't concentrate or they obsess over certain things. The worst part of schizophrenia, or BP manic psychosis, is that you can't trust anyone. You most CERTAINLY can't tell people if you're seeing things or hearing voices...OMG, they'd think you're crazy! They'll have you locked up!

It's horrid...if they do take meds, the meds quite often make them feel worse (at least initially) than they were feeling when they were "off"..."Are they poisoning me? I don't think they know what they're doing..yeah, they're crazy...they're poisoning me! I was FINE until I went to see that damn doctor. People want to drug me so that they can take what I've worked for...steal my things. They're all crazy! There's nothing wrong with me! They're the crazy ones."

It's a horrible, frightening thing. My grandson's father wrapped his vehicle around a telephone pole, shearing it off, passing in a no passing zone (35mph), going 85....full blown delusional off his Schiz/bipolar meds. Nearly killed himself...probably would have better if he had. He won't stay on his meds and lives in a constant state of fear and paranoia....can't focus or sleeps 20 hrs per day, unless he's manic, then he can't sleep for days...which is what happened right before he wrapped his truck around the telephone pole. You can't help him...no one can, he won't let them. He believes the voices so much more than he does real people...somehow, the voices are far more convincing. Sad....really sad. :-(
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Old 04-25-2011, 10:04 AM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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This is just a general question. Do those with undiagnosed schizophrenia or bi-polar disorder sometimes wonder if they may have it or are they completely oblivious to their own symptoms?
It's only one example, but in his later years, someone asked John Nash how someone as brilliant as he could have possibly believed that space aliens were contacting him. He said that the thoughts and voices came from the same place in his head that the math came from. The math was real, so why wouldn't the aliens also be real?

I guess there's a lot we've yet to learn about the human brain.
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Old 04-25-2011, 10:24 AM
 
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my brother's baby mama seems to be somewhat aware that she has issues, but doesnt want to deal with them and she convinces herself they arent as significant as others may believe.
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