I have been having visual hallucinations. Normally its the same guy but occasionally there are black shadows and bugs. I get paranoid that people are in the house, peaking around corners at me. I also think people can hear my thoughts sometimes. I constantly think people are going to break in the house when I'm gone, so I never want to go anywhere. I have major anxiety about my family dying in the middle of the night and from the hallucinations and paranoia. I feel empty a lot of the time, and I can never bring myself to cry anymore. I'm tired all the time, when I'm not I feel restless and have to move all the time. My self harm has increased a lot as well. And I have no interest in doing anything at all. I currently have a diagnosis of PTSD and Bipolar I but I don't think these are correct, at least the Bipolar. I've only had one mixed episode my entire life [I'm 23 now]. I tend to get obsessive about my mental health and now I'm convinced that I have schizophrenia. If you don't think I have it I won't be offended I'd rather know the truth. Thanks!
Na you are a paranoid schizophrenic same as me. I have everything, except for i simply see shadows and silohuettes, but also hear voices. Go see your gp or a counsellor an they'll refer you to a mental health service who should get you onto medication.
I have an honest question... I know someone with paranoid schizophrenia. This person believes all these people are around. Ive tried to explain that it is the illness because I can't see them.This person still thinks they are there. Whats the best way to help this person? Already on meds, already getting care. I just want to be able to help this person to relax
You are unlikely to be able to make them believe that what they are experiencing isn't real. As it turned out, I was experiencing a psychotic period due to my depression, which meant I was mis-diagnosed. I am now getting help for my depression, but I do still have experience of such things, but with the, well, benefit I guess of no longer feeling that way (hopefully never to be that way again). Looking back on it, what I believed was utterly ridiculous, but I totally believed it at the time, and couldn't accept that it wasn't true. What you are best to do is to try and accept that they believe these things, but just try and be there for them. Find things they enjoy doing, and just try to give them a good time, rather than spending all your time trying to convince them of something they probably won't accept. I don't know if I've worded it quite right, but I hope you understand what I'm getting at. Accept that they feel that way, and just find things that they can do and will enjoy doing. Just having someone there is a great help in itself, to anyone with any mental disorder.
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