The manifestations of schizophrenia seem pretty varied in presentation.
Sorry for being such a long post
My sister is chronic severe alcoholic, and I think psychotic for the past several years, but on the one occasion she saw someone medical she did not mention her strange beliefs or her use of alcohol.
The walk away more suspicious than ever
She was diagnosed with anxiety disorder, major depression, unstable personality disorder, p.t.s.d.
I’ve not found a syndrome more likely than schizophrenia that fits her state
I say schizophrenia because I believe it fits.
She is angry and irritated and threatening and suspicious with people she loves one moment then friendly and charming for a few minutes, After several hours of being rude. Paranoid and hostile
Is up in the night bingeing and purging Ridiculous ammonts of food on a daily basis or at other times underweight and water fasting
This bit puts her as bulimerexic I believe
Major depression, years of suicidality and EXTREME self injury moved on to suicide attempts.
Has a complex world view stemming from childhood trauma where she believes all the time that she is being stalked by the guy whom she used to abuse on line so much that she was put on probation for 18 months with restraining order.
I believe this man drugged and raped her and triggered her late onset schizophrenia
Her world view involves the Catholic Church
and oil companies and pedophile rings ruling the earth., strange stuff like they all want their “7 stone Eve’s“
And consistently confabulating about things strange men said who came round to our house when she was 2 and a half and the exact details of what these people said and memory after memory of abuse and paranoia and what her friends said and what that meant at the time.
She also disappears for several hours sometimes with no word of where she’s gone or where she’s going
Taking the car and disappears and gets lost frequently she loves to get lost and found her way even on Dartmoor which is very wild national protected area with bogs and hills and Changing ever.
Writes down her plans, with things like exercising and cooking but this seems to be getting more and more rare.most of the time she doesn’t manage it
Paranoid about the building she lives in a flat with our mum and area she lives in.she keeps all the curtains drawn says in her room for 20 hours at a time doesn’t now use a computer or have a phone.
Refuses completely to see any help a friend or peer or doctor refuses completely to take any medication including painkillers or antacid if she has a bad stomach
this is because of the alcohol she has tried to get off which has been more successful recently than I ever believed possible but she still drinks and smokes just less often somehow…
It’s good to get all this out I’m sorry I have been saying that I have two schizophrenic sisters and the youngest doesn’t have a diagnosis
this is very unsettling for me.
Even though I have had schizophrenia since I was a teenager I don’t really know what it looks on the outside… She presents so differently from our middle sister.
It is completely unique to the person perhaps it happens over so many years sometimes being L It is completely unique to the person perhaps it happens over so many years sometimes being ill, There are bound to be many manifestations and unique behaviour or traits
She has a very mixed drug use and alcoholism history. With some pretty extremeLong-term drinking and aggression where she just shouts for hours every time she gets drunk which used to be almost every day.
I have such a struggle calling her schizophrenic in my head without it’s having been diagnosed.