Intense Change of Mood
- Severe anxiety- could not handle being around groups of people
- Low motivation- lacked drive to go to school, whereas I was extremely involved earlier
- Suspiciousness- suspicious of close friends, family, everyone!
- Sleep disturbances- insomnia/excessive sleeping
Change of Behavior
- Intense preoccupation with religion- would study the Bible for hours and would not acknowledge human contact
- Decline in academic performance- would skip class, which was so unlike me
- Social isolation and inability to keep relationships- would spend more time by myself
- Lack short -term memory- forgetfulness
- Trouble concentrating- could not focus on homework or work assignments
- Racing thoughts- jumbled, random, extreme thoughts
- Alogia or Poverty of speech- saying very little or nothing at all
- Thoughts that someone poisoned my food- I went to the extreme, I would not eat to the extent that I lost so much weight, I weighed under 100 pounds, and had to be hospitalized.
- Thoughts that I was being watched or followed- I attempted to change my identity by getting rid of my glasses, Bible (that I carried with me everywhere), and even attempted to cut off all my hair!
- Religious- I thought I was a prophet, or Jesus Himself
- Visual- I saw people that were not there. Later I realized they were hallucinations because when I turned around they really weren't there
- Audible- male voices saying negative things
- Bipolar Disorder
- Major Depression
- Paranoid Personality
- Schizotypal Personality
- Brain Tumors and Temporal Lobe
If these symptoms describe you, I strongly encourage you to see a psychiatrist before self-diagnosing yourself with schizophrenia or any other mental illness. If you think something is wrong, let the doctor tell you that it is normal or abnormal.