Am I actually ''mentally ill''? [TW]

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I have taken so many medications, yet the voices persist. I feel like if there was a problem with dopamine in my brain the medications that affect dopamine would fix it. But they don't.

I hear "voices" that is true but many great people in history heard voices. I feel like I'm special, I've been chosen for something I don't know yet. The medication doesn't work because it's not a medical issue.

I feel like people are jealous of me because they are not special so they drug me up until I'm really tired, too tired to act on the voices' commands.
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What do the voices say?
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These are classical symptoms of psychosis and grandiose delusions, but we are not able to diagnose you here and you should really be asking your doctor this.

As for many great people hearing voices, perhaps they also had a mental illness? Having a mental illness does not have to be a barrier to doing great thing!

I hope you are doing OK and getting support with what you are going through :hugs:
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I'm not aware of any connection between dopamine levels and hearing voices (that said, I have not researched the science behind the psychiatric meds I'm on) :nah: I think dopamine is usually more to do with mood-related conditions, e.g. severe depression? :dontknow:

As has been said, what you have described falls under what most psychiatrists would call delusions. So even if you are not "mentally ill", you will most likely have a hard time persuading a clinician of that...

No one here can diagnose you but I think it's worth asking yourself what the phrase "mentally ill" means: in a general everyday context, in a psychiatric context, and what it means to you personally... Ultimately a label is just that: a label. It doesn't have to define you or anything like that :nah: If you don't feel your experience fit into a medical/diagnosable condition, then you might find the work and ethos of the Hearing Voices Network and (if relevant) Spiritual Crisis Network interesting


https://www.hearing-voices.org/


https://spiritualcrisisnetwork.uk/
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(Original post by The_Lonely_Goatherd)
I'm not aware of any connection between dopamine levels and hearing voices (that said, I have not researched the science behind the psychiatric meds I'm on) :nah: I think dopamine is usually more to do with mood-related conditions, e.g. severe depression? :dontknow:

As has been said, what you have described falls under what most psychiatrists would call delusions. So even if you are not "mentally ill", you will most likely have a hard time persuading a clinician of that...

No one here can diagnose you but I think it's worth asking yourself what the phrase "mentally ill" means: in a general everyday context, in a psychiatric context, and what it means to you personally... Ultimately a label is just that: a label. It doesn't have to define you or anything like that :nah: If you don't feel your experience fit into a medical/diagnosable condition, then you might find the work and ethos of the Hearing Voices Network and (if relevant) Spiritual Crisis Network interesting


https://www.hearing-voices.org/


https://spiritualcrisisnetwork.uk/
It is hypothesised that dopamine does have a role in schizophrenia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dopami..._schizophrenia
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It is hypothesised that dopamine does have a role in schizophrenia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dopami..._schizophrenia
I stand corrected! Thanks for the link
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(Original post by black tea)
It is hypothesised that dopamine does have a role in schizophrenia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dopami..._schizophrenia
Wikipedia is not a credible source
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I hear "voices" that is true but many great people in history heard voices. I feel like I'm special, I've been chosen for something I don't know yet. The medication doesn't work because it's not a medical issue.

I feel like people are jealous of me because they are not special so they drug me up until I'm really tired, too tired to act on the voices' commands.
Im curious, why exactly do you think you're special and, err, are the 'chosen one'?

Suffice it to say, to answer your question in the title, hearing voices telling you to do things is definitely a mental illness.
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this is very obvious signs of schizophrenia
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