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Default maybe it is Schizophrenia?

I say maybe "it" is because...now, my mental "problems" don't seem to be the core of who I am, not really. I"m a lot of thing...the "illness" is just something I deal with.

but...OK, my shrink is forever talking about "mania" as in "oh, can't prescribe that...you'll go manic" and "are you having manic symptoms?," meanwhile...

people who actually know me care for me, but they're blunt: "You have Schizophrenia." I might actually be the last person to own up to it.

Treatment is OK. Abilify is good to me, as antipsychotics go. I just...more and more, I doubt that its Bipolar I or even Schizoaffective. Schizophrenia, and I get the deep down depression.

have of any of you been given other labels/diagnoses? I will say...a good thing about finding a diagnosis that actually fits, as much as any label can fit, is that it helps me compare experiences to people who go thru the same (more or less) things. :-)
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I've been diagnosed with schizophrenia, schizoaffective bipolar type, and bipolar disorder at different times. I don't know which one is correct. I think it's hard because it can be subjective and depends on your pdoc. One pdoc will see one thing and another will see something different.
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I was diagnosed with bipolar with psychotic features for a couples years before it was recently changed to Schizoaffective bipolar type
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First I was diagnosed with depression. Then later it was depression with psychotic features.
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Default Re: maybe it is Schizophrenia?

Hi. I'm new to this forum, so if my response is inappropriately long, I do apologise, but I can relate to your question. My current diagnosis is schizophrenia and I'm on Clozapine, but trying to come off it. Earlier diagnoses have been bipolar disorder (which I never identified with), complex personality disorder, and before that depression. I'm just beginning to realise that you can have multiple diagnoses that are correct. For me, schizophrenia was easier to accept than personality disorder because it sounded less personal, more like an illness. However, I'm starting to understand that there is something about me as a person and the way that I relate to the world which is toxic. Although it was easier to blame it all on psychosis, accepting that I also have a personality disorder makes sense. But it's very painful to admit that this is part of who I am, and that all the people who have left me over the years were probably right to do so.
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