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    (Original post by ~Tara~)
    So my diagnosis is as follows: I have PTSD and dissociative disorder. As part of that I get depressive periods and anxiety is par for the course of my PTSD. I have traits of borderline personality and schizo-something or other episodes.

    Basically I tick a few boxes but not one covers it all ...

    I'd just like to take a moment to thank you for your very candid and open post. It's sad to read of everything you experience but I for one appreciate you taking the time to write all this.

    We're currently revising my diagnosis to see whether I have some form of a dissociative disorder, so reading your post was very informative
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    TRIGGER WARNINGS: depression, psychosis, suicide attempts, self-loathing



    So as many people on here know, I have severe/long-term mental health problems. My official diagnosis (though it's kinda under investigation atm) is schizoaffective disorder, depressive type.

    Schizoaffective disorder (explained simply/crudely) is essentially a mixture of the "positive" (i.e. psychotic) symptoms of schizophrenia (hallucinations, paranoia, delusions, paranoid delusions) and the mood disorder (severe depression, in my case) of bipolar disorder. Unlike bipolar and schizophrenia though, in schizoaffective disorder you CAN experiencing BOTH psychotic AND mood disorder symptoms simultaneously :headfire:

    I have done other posts on this but I can't remember how detailed I was. So maybe it's just easiest if I talk about symptoms I experience/have, and how they manifest with me.

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    My main symptom by far is hearing and experiencing voices that are not there and have no tangible, visible, real source. Whilst many sufferers experience actual auditory hallucinations (i.e. hearing something with their ear, as though it's outside of their body), my voices are almost entirely internal. It's very rare for me to hear a voice/a phone ringing with my ears, if there's not actually something there.

    I've been hearing voices on and off since I was 5 years old, and almost constantly since the age of 8. Since my voices started when I was so young, I had no idea that people's brains didn't generally work like that, or that it was worthy of mention to anyone. So I didn't talk about hearing voices at all, until I mentioned it casually to a uni welfare tutor who was like :lolwut: :erm: :nope: and asked me to see my GP.

    Hearing voices can be an incredibly confusing, frightening and overwhelming experience. There are many different voices that I hear - most distinguishable in one way or another, but some of them aren't. They are constantly with me, telling me awful things about myself, trying to convince me awful things about others (e.g. "your mum is spying on you", or trying to get me to harm myself. Whilst some of these voices are psychotic, some of them are psychological manifestations - as such, they cannot be treated by medicine. I am slowly resigning myself to the fact I will always hear voices.

    When I'm in a psychotic episode, the voices become really strong, to the point of overpowering. When this is happening, I have to be escorted pretty much everywhere because I'm a huge danger to myself (not a danger to others at all). Often I'll hear lots of different voices all day throughout the day, sometimes simultaneously. So it can be hard to make out what is going on or what the voices want, other than wanting me dead.

    That said, not all my voices are bad. Historically, I have heard some positive 'religious' ones. They disappeared around 2011 and have never come back. It's quite sad for me that they went :sad:
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    My full story on OCD, CPTSD (complex trauma) , body dysmorphic disorder, panic attacks, agoraphobia and depression is all here - http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show....php?t=4053725

    Includes my experiences with each, what may have caused them, my day to day experiences with them, treatments and so forth
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    It's gonna take me ages to write my full post but I've made a start by talking about/spoilering stuff relating to auditory hallucinations. Will keep updating over the next week or two so that it's all in one post :yes:
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    It's gonna take me ages to write my full post but I've made a start by talking about/spoilering stuff relating to auditory hallucinations. Will keep updating over the next week or two so that it's all in one post :yes:
    Hey no pressure if you don't want to answer, I was just wondering how comes they're reviewing your diagnosis? Do you know what they think it may be instead? Just wondered as I thought you had the schizoaffective label for a while? Hope you are well.


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    I thought of this article when I saw this thread:

    https://m.mic.com/articles/142387/he...ess#.auXUUW62N

    I thought it was quite interesting. Focusing not just on mental health awareness but also the need for action to reform the system. This article focuses on ethnic minorities, and although it is American, this also applies to the UK - for example, black men are much more likely to be sectioned than their peers and get diagnosed with schizophrenia.

    Personally I think we need to challenge this and focus on ensuring that the existing and future systems allow for reform to be made in these areas.


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    (Original post by bullettheory)
    Hey no pressure if you don't want to answer, I was just wondering how comes they're reviewing your diagnosis? Do you know what they think it may be instead? Just wondered as I thought you had the schizoaffective label for a while? Hope you are well.


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    I've had the schizoaffective label for almost 5 years and I do think it's correct. It's just I have a lot of additional symptoms that don't really fall into that category. I personally expect that an additional/comorbid diagnosis of DID/C-PTSD is required to fully explain everything :sadnod:

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    (Original post by The_Lonely_Goatherd)
    I've had the schizoaffective label for almost 5 years and I do think it's correct. It's just I have a lot of additional symptoms that don't really fall into that category. I personally expect that an additional/comorbid diagnosis of DID/C-PTSD is required to fully explain everything :sadnod:

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    Ah okay. Hopefully they can find the right treatment without you accumulating a mass of diagnoses! I was meaning to ask you, what do you do at mind??


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    (Original post by bullettheory)
    Ah okay. Hopefully they can find the right treatment without you accumulating a mass of diagnoses! I was meaning to ask you, what do you do at mind??


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    Thanks - I hope so too. Am apparently on the waiting list for long-term therapy, whatever that is/means. It'll take ages to get to the top but it's better than nothing

    I am a Youth Wellbeing Trainer on this project:
    http://mindkit.org.uk/ :yep:


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    (Original post by The_Lonely_Goatherd)
    Thanks - I hope so too. Am apparently on the waiting list for long-term therapy, whatever that is/means. It'll take ages to get to the top but it's better than nothing

    I am a Youth Wellbeing Trainer on this project:
    http://mindkit.org.uk/ :yep:


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    Ah okay, hopefully it helps. Ooh looks very good. Never heard of that project though, shame it's not in the area I work or I would have referred people to it!!


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    (Original post by bullettheory)
    Ah okay, hopefully it helps. Ooh looks very good. Never heard of that project though, shame it's not in the area I work or I would have referred people to it!!


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    Yeah it's only in five London boroughs atm. Would be amazing if it could become a national project at some point :yep:

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