I am turning to schizophrenics.How long did it take you to recover from your psychotic episode.I mean the time point when you fully understood that all was just a fantasy.I am asking because my doctor says that 20 days is a pretty short time for complete recovery.Is that so?
Problem I have with your question is I get the feeling that what you're asking is can I now stop meds?? The problem then is that having stopped another or many more episodes are almost certainly going to happen - if it's real schizophrenia.
I do not want to stop my medication.I mean the following:is the time of recovery indicative whether it is schizophrenia.Can a schizophrenic recover for 15-20 days medication-taking or it usually takes 2-3 months to recover?.I just don't know.
If you have been truelly diagnosed with schizophrenia, then you will take meds for the rest of your life. Your doctor may decrease and change throughout your life. But you will always take them. If you think you are better and stop taking your meds, more than likely you are 1 of 2 things....
1) you were not well educated by your doctor. He should have advised you that no matter what, you can never skip a dose.
2) the disease it telling you that you're better, which means you are the furthest from it.
I do not have schizophrenia. My mother does. She had her first episode when I was 7. I am now 30. She is finally doing well. But only because we made her realize she was hurting not only herself, but her entire family when she decided to skip her meds or suddenly take herself off because she thought she was better.
There is misunderstanding.In other words my question is:does the shorter recovery time after the psychotic episode (in my case only one so far) reduce the chance to be diagnosed as schizophrenic?
Short recovery--->another diagnose???????????
Any diagnosis made by any dr at any time on any person can be wrong for reaons as wide ranging as incompetence to diagnosis on basis of the "in" thing, to the dr not hearing/seeing/understanding what you describe, to you not accurately/clearly describing to dr not taking other variables into account etc etc etc.
That said if the diagnosis is accurate then you need to stay on meds & you may not have recovered as fully as you think or your degree of illness may not be as great sa that of some other people if you have recovered so fast.
As to your question of "could the diagnosis be incorrect" yes but the only way you (& remember you are not necessarily the right one to decide this!!) can determine this is by research on say google or yahoo, seeking other opinions (including alternative therapists) & also seeing if perhaps other treatment options seem worth trying given your symptoms & also perhaps any family history.
Never generalize when it comes to people . They are too complex . Especially, when it comes to medicine . Each case is so different ! People who spew out " pat " answers are showing symptoms of an idol mind . Yes . Ask these harvard med students if there haven 't been well documented cases of schizophrenia where only one episode occurred in an entire lifetime ! It could happen to you ! Peace . Laura