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To those that have had schizophrenia since childhood (especially early childhood), what did it look like for you? Did or you always have auditory and visual hallucinations, and do you now? Did it progressively get more severe as you got older? I’m thinking I’m probably schizophrenic, or have experienced something with similar symptoms from a young age, and I am trying to gauge if I’m on the right path to figuring out what I deal with.

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    • KatieKitKat

      133d

      I was diagnosed at 7 or 8, I don't exactly remember everything but I do remember randomly yelling I'm not stupid/dumb/ugly/horrible/to kill myself etc. When I was diagnosed they had my parents wear these headphones & it simulated auditory schizophrenia & my mom told me that those words I'd say I'm not & the suicide attempts the illness was telling me to do & she said "that's when I realized you're battling something huge for a child" (paraphrased) I was able to get it under control with medication. And I know some may say the things I was hearing in my head were just low self esteem, low self confidence, anxiety etc. But honestly I feel like those thoughts aren't just thoughts but an en balance in the brain that triggers those thoughts to come out. That's basically what mental illnesses are embalanced brain neurons. But also don't quote me on it, cuz I'm not a psychiatrist lol 😅

    • KatieKitKat

      133d

      I was diagnosed at 7 or 8, I don't exactly remember everything but I do remember randomly yelling I'm not stupid/dumb/ugly/horrible/to kill myself etc. When I was diagnosed they had my parents wear these headphones & it simulated auditory schizophrenia & my mom told me that those words I'd say I'm not & the suicide attempts the illness was telling me to do & she said "that's when I realized you're battling something huge for a child" (paraphrased) I was able to get it under control with medication. And I know some may say the things I was hearing in my head were just low self esteem, low self confidence, anxiety etc. But honestly I feel like those thoughts aren't just thoughts but an en balance in the brain that triggers those thoughts to come out. That's basically what mental illnesses are embalanced brain neurons. But also don't quote me on it, cuz I'm not a psychiatrist lol 😅

    • kob

      138d

      As I got older I had a big episode around 25 of hearing and seeing things, a voice describing my every move and beliting me, hearing voices from my family talking about me , thinking the people at the hospital were people from my past etc. anyway I was diagnosed with depression and psychotic features and pervasive refusal syndrome- yea quite a bibliography, however a year later I was re diagnosed with just paranoid schizophrenia..it was a shock cause I thought i was nuts ! Now I'm 27 but I've accepted it and ready to move on and do things with my life

    • Jelly_JellyFish

      213d

      I’ve had both types of symptoms but mostly auditory. I’d see shadow people walking around, and hear my mind talking to me as if it’s someone physically talking in my ear. It’s my brain not quite processing visuals and audio info quite right and may have caused my visual snow syndrome as well as other factors

    • Fwd1982

      267d

      I was 8 tyrs old when i heard the voice of this girl and she was telling me to be bad but now i have shut her up and she doesn’t come out anymore i put her away somewhere in the back of my head so i locked her up lol

    • Viben

      273d

      I was diagnosed with schizophrenia as a young adult. My 20s were very challenging. Now in my late 30s, I've been stable and almost completely symptom free for a decade. I found the medications that work for me and always keep on top of my sessions with my support network. Since becoming symptom free 10 years ago I launched a career and grew exponentially.

      • kitaboo

        268d

        @Viben what med r u on?

        • Viben

          268d

          @kitaboo I was on Latuda for a while. More recently I'm on Amisulpride and Venlafaxine now.

      • _Rat_

        272d

        @Viben glad to hear sure a great success story 💗

        • Viben

          272d

          @_Rat_ Thank you! It's often hard to figure out exactly what is going on yourself. I'd reach out to a good professional and tell them what you're experiencing. Then you can get the information you need and take next steps to feel better.

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One person shared that they had schizophrenia since they were 4 but didn't get a diagnosis until they were 18 or 19 years old. They mentioned that they felt stable, but the episodes were becoming longer and harder to differentiate from reality. Another individual stated that their condition started in childhood, but they didn't receive a diagnosis until they were 19. It was also mentioned that the condition can "get worse" over time.

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