I actually ask myself that question a lot…a lot my friends. Once, I even got brave enough to ask my Male Christian Counselor that I really did trust and respect, that very same question. I think at first he thought I was kidding, then he look in my eyes and went.. Ohh. Out came the questionnaire.
People with schizophrenia have at least some of its main symptoms. For a psychiatrist to make a confident schizophrenia diagnosis, some of these symptoms must be present:
-Hallucinations. This means hearing voices or other sounds that aren’t there or seeing things that don’t exist.
-Delusions (unshakeable beliefs that aren’t true).
-Disorganized speech and behavior (talking and acting strangely).
-Lack of motivation and emotional expression.
-Lack of energy.
-Poor grooming habits.
-Specific types of psychotic symptoms (called first-rank symptoms), when present, make a schizophrenia diagnosis more likely:
-Hearing your own thoughts spoken aloud.
-Feeling that thoughts are being inserted into your mind, or removed from it, by an outside force.
-Feeling like other people can read your mind.
-Feeling that an outside force is making you feel something, want something, or act in a certain way.
-Hearing voices discuss you or argue about you.
-Hearing voices narrate your actions as you perform them.
A person with schizophrenia may describe these symptoms openly. Or a psychiatrist may deduce they are likely present based on observations of a person’s speech and behavior
This girl let go of years of guilt and shame….just let it go…just like that, and breathed. Wow it was so freeing so beautiful, like a million pounds lifted off her body. A feeling like none other, none other