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gertie1999
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14 Aug 2014, 7:50 am

Well, its official..I have been diagnosed with Schizophrenia, but my doctor also thinks I have Autism with it.

So, I have a few questions..

1. I'm 15 and my therapist says that my diagnosis is likely to change (The schizophrenia part) do you guys think it will?

2. If not, does Schizophrenia last your whole life?

3. My doctor says that if my hallucinations don't go away on the current medication I'm on..He'll be changing it to Haldal..I've heard from my mother and my therapist that this drug has not so good side affects, What are the side affects?

4. I've been to the hospital before..and so should I lie to my parents and say I' getting better so I do't have to go back or go on that drug?



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14 Aug 2014, 8:49 am

ive always have heard, no, that you cant, because on one end of a line is autism, then on the other end is schizophrenia. but i havent done any research into it passed what i have been told by others.

have you had any med changes in the past 1-3 months? where the hallucinations there prior to being off of the med(s) in the past 1-3 months? withdrawls from meds can cause things to go crazy up in the system of a person. thats why im asking. however, hallucinations arent neccessarily that rare in the autism spectrum. is the hallucinations the only symptom your experiencing under the schzophriena diagnosis criteria?
also certain meds can sometimes cause problems too, and its more common for those on the autism spectrum to have a opposite effect from meds that a non autistic person would have.(such as mood stabilizers sending you into mood swings; or an antidepressant causing you to be depressed and thing..(my own experience- and it was moreso like that when i was still a teen).
maybe your parents could get a second opinon for you? haldol is pretty bad. ive seen many be put on it. but ive also seen those few who couldnt function be put on it, and it would bring them back into reality.
do the hallucitions send you into distress often? are you able to understand what "reality" is and isnt? do you know who you are? and remember those around you? other than the hallucinations do you have any other delusions or paranoia? im asking this because if you arent able to feel okay in these areas, or if they get worse, i wouldnt suggest you to lie to your parents about if a med is working or not. i can most certainly understand that though(been there when they said if cymbalta didnt work then i would have to start ECT- and the strong determination that cymbalta was going to work, i think had an effect on how the med worked). if you are able to not be in distress in these areas, then lieing might prove useful in survival(as the very very very very very last resort. but lieing could also "backfire" and make things worse if something were to come up. just like if you are saying your taking the med, and they(docs, school, parents, etc.) think its not working, then they up it on you, and you somehow end up in a situation where you have to take the med or have it forced on you by a shot, then going from not taking it, to an even higher dose can cause problems(in my case it was a serious problem as the med caused me to have some sort of muscle, bone, joint problem where it was going to break my jaw and shoulders and i couldnt force myself to stop and to move them back in a relaxed state, and if i had been on it the whole time, they would of known that and gave me some med that takes care of that kind of side effect... i dont remember the name of the med they fixed it with.)
i would suggest talking with your parents, and being truthful, and if you cant say it all, maybe writting a letter to one or both of your parents can be done.?


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14 Aug 2014, 12:55 pm

I am both schizotypal as well as AS. I don't have hallucinations but I do have bizarre ideation.



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14 Aug 2014, 1:18 pm

side effects of haldol can be involuntary, ongoing muscle contractions and not being able to stop walking. benedryl and cogentin treat these effects.

if you are on haldol for a long time, you can get tardive dyskinesia. that means your tongue darts in and out of your mouth involuntarily. that may not go away even if you stop the haldol.



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14 Aug 2014, 2:12 pm

gertie1999 wrote:
Well, its official..I have been diagnosed with Schizophrenia, but my doctor also thinks I have Autism with it.

So, I have a few questions..

1. I'm 15 and my therapist says that my diagnosis is likely to change (The schizophrenia part) do you guys think it will?

2. If not, does Schizophrenia last your whole life?

3. My doctor says that if my hallucinations don't go away on the current medication I'm on..He'll be changing it to Haldal..I've heard from my mother and my therapist that this drug has not so good side affects, What are the side affects?

4. I've been to the hospital before..and so should I lie to my parents and say I' getting better so I do't have to go back or go on that drug?


You are only 15, and as far as I know, schizophrenia usually does not show symptoms until later in life. Usually in your twenties. I don't know if your diagnosis will change, but a second opinion from another doctor is a good idea. There are always other explanations for symptoms.

Yes, for most people schizophrenia is a life-long condition.

Side effects of Haldol: http://www.rxlist.com/haldol-drug/side- ... ctions.htm

Lying is probably not in your best interest, if you are still having serious symptoms. Going to the hospital is not a bad thing if it is what you need to be well. Talk to your doctor or parents about medications. If you think the side effects of Haldol will be too serious, maybe they can start you on a milder drug. Being honest about what is wrong, and what kind of help you want, is usually the best option.



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14 Aug 2014, 4:02 pm

Saphie wrote:
ive always have heard, no, that you cant, because on one end of a line is autism, then on the other end is schizophrenia. but i havent done any research into it passed what i have been told by others.

have you had any med changes in the past 1-3 months? where the hallucinations there prior to being off of the med(s) in the past 1-3 months? withdrawls from meds can cause things to go crazy up in the system of a person. thats why im asking. however, hallucinations arent neccessarily that rare in the autism spectrum. is the hallucinations the only symptom your experiencing under the schzophriena diagnosis criteria?
also certain meds can sometimes cause problems too, and its more common for those on the autism spectrum to have a opposite effect from meds that a non autistic person would have.(such as mood stabilizers sending you into mood swings; or an antidepressant causing you to be depressed and thing..(my own experience- and it was moreso like that when i was still a teen).
maybe your parents could get a second opinon for you? haldol is pretty bad. ive seen many be put on it. but ive also seen those few who couldnt function be put on it, and it would bring them back into reality.
do the hallucitions send you into distress often? are you able to understand what "reality" is and isnt? do you know who you are? and remember those around you? other than the hallucinations do you have any other delusions or paranoia? im asking this because if you arent able to feel okay in these areas, or if they get worse, i wouldnt suggest you to lie to your parents about if a med is working or not. i can most certainly understand that though(been there when they said if cymbalta didnt work then i would have to start ECT- and the strong determination that cymbalta was going to work, i think had an effect on how the med worked). if you are able to not be in distress in these areas, then lieing might prove useful in survival(as the very very very very very last resort. but lieing could also "backfire" and make things worse if something were to come up. just like if you are saying your taking the med, and they(docs, school, parents, etc.) think its not working, then they up it on you, and you somehow end up in a situation where you have to take the med or have it forced on you by a shot, then going from not taking it, to an even higher dose can cause problems(in my case it was a serious problem as the med caused me to have some sort of muscle, bone, joint problem where it was going to break my jaw and shoulders and i couldnt force myself to stop and to move them back in a relaxed state, and if i had been on it the whole time, they would of known that and gave me some med that takes care of that kind of side effect... i dont remember the name of the med they fixed it with.)
i would suggest talking with your parents, and being truthful, and if you cant say it all, maybe writting a letter to one or both of your parents can be done.?


They have been here prior to med changes then they went away for awhile...
I heard them once when I was 14 then they went away then they came back and they been back for more then 6 months.

I experience the following symptoms:

Auditory hallucinations
Visual hallucinations
paranoia
Withdrawal from friends and family
A drop in performance at school
Trouble sleeping
Irritability or depressed mood
Lack of motivation

Whenever I go outside walking I'll think I'll see someone and look up and they aren't there. I feel followed, I also see this man in my bedroom doorway, he has appeared twice. I'm also have cried from being so scared of the voices. I'm honestly worried that one day I will listen to them and that I will hurt myself.



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14 Aug 2014, 9:02 pm

shadowpuzzle wrote:
gertie1999 wrote:
Well, its official..I have been diagnosed with Schizophrenia, but my doctor also thinks I have Autism with it.

So, I have a few questions..

1. I'm 15 and my therapist says that my diagnosis is likely to change (The schizophrenia part) do you guys think it will?

2. If not, does Schizophrenia last your whole life?

3. My doctor says that if my hallucinations don't go away on the current medication I'm on..He'll be changing it to Haldal..I've heard from my mother and my therapist that this drug has not so good side affects, What are the side affects?

4. I've been to the hospital before..and so should I lie to my parents and say I' getting better so I do't have to go back or go on that drug?


You are only 15, and as far as I know, schizophrenia usually does not show symptoms until later in life. Usually in your twenties. I don't know if your diagnosis will change, but a second opinion from another doctor is a good idea. There are always other explanations for symptoms.

Yes, for most people schizophrenia is a life-long condition.

Side effects of Haldol: http://www.rxlist.com/haldol-drug/side- ... ctions.htm

Lying is probably not in your best interest, if you are still having serious symptoms. Going to the hospital is not a bad thing if it is what you need to be well. Talk to your doctor or parents about medications. If you think the side effects of Haldol will be too serious, maybe they can start you on a milder drug. Being honest about what is wrong, and what kind of help you want, is usually the best option.


schizophrenia can even occur in young children.



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14 Aug 2014, 9:28 pm

It's possible to have more than one mental illness. I think another person who posts here has been diagnosed with AS and schizophrenia.