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Should I tell my psychiatrist about this?
I have depression and anxiety and Im on antidepressants. Recently I have become paranoid. I check everywhere for hidden cameras. I think people are watching me all the time and that they are trying to poison me. Im sure that my family is behind everything and that they are trying to turn everyone against me. I am convinced that they arent my real parents and that Im adopted but I dont know who they are working for. I also have checked all my books and letters for hidden messages. I never thought any of this before but then someone started to put their thought into my head by telepathy or something and they warned me about everything thats happening. This is so real to me but some people have suggested paranoid schizophrenia. Im just so confused because although it seems too strange to be real Im sure it is. I want to ask my psychiatrists advice but Im afraid he is going to think Im crazy. What do you think I should do? Is it even possible to have depression and schizophrenia at the same time?

yeah you should tell your psychiatrist about this...although it's uncommon it is a new form of paranoia. Granted if you honestly think that everyone is out to get you why would you be telling people on yahoo answers? Best person to talk to is your psychiatrist. To me it sounds like you have the Truman show delusion per the article below.

Also voices in your head aren't typically a good thing. If someone was trying to help you I would want them to actually help me rather then freak me out. Maybe offer solutions that help me grow as a person, or help the world in a positive way.

Yes. Talk to your psychiatrist, they're trained to deal with these sorts of questions, and they're there to help you, not to judge. They've most likely heard everything, so you won't be the first one to talk to them about that sort of thing.

Please to your psychiatrist, your problem may be as simple changing your medications.

Definitely let them know- your psychiatrist will NOT think you are crazy, they deal with people who suffer from the same symptoms as you on a daily basis, you are not alone. It's very possible to have both, but let her know or else you will just get worse and the anxiety will get hard to deal with. Don't let it run your life!

Endy C
YEs, Tell her ASAP. I might be secondary affects of the drugs your taking and you should stop taking them. That what she's there for!!

And it is possible to be paranoid schitsophrenic

Absolutely, tell your psychiatrist. He may need to change your meds, it may be something as simple as that. You may be having obsessive compulsive disorder.
Yes it is possible to have depression and another mental illness at the same time. I have anxiety and panic attacks, depression, and OCD.
If you need someone to talk to or want to talk, please feel free to e-mail me.

yes, definitely talk to your psychiatrist. You have to be able to talk with him about what's going on. He's there, not to judge you as crazy/not crazy, but to help you work through the things that are bothering you.

Good luck.

Yes, it's possible. Depression can cause other syndrome and I really think that you should tell this to your psychiatrist coz after all he/she is the one who's trying to help you to get better. He/she won't think that you are crazy, he/she will only know better about your situation, and have better knowledge to help you.

I hope you will feel better and more clarity soon. Remember you are not alone..

Spunk Ransom :)
I don't know if you can have them both at the same time, but tell your psychiatrist, cause they will know. It could be a side effect of the medication you're on or something?

Psychiatrists are used to crazy :) And you aren't crazy anyway - they will probz put you on medication or something, and maybe increase your visits to them.


YES. He should be able to help you. Give him what you wrote here, it will help him to help you.

Amy B
yup you definitely should!you need to get this sorted.

Definitely tell your doctor. He's there to help you, not to judge you. If you ignore the problem, it'll get even worse, and you won't have any other alternative than to go visit a doctor in the end. But why wait til the end if you can stop it while it's still in it's early stages?

Shannon E.
Yes, your psychiatrist is there to help with you with any problems you might have.

yes i think you should so he/she could help you.

Mr.?'s & Answers
It sounds like paranoid schizophrenia and yes you can have that and depression at the same time. I suggest you tell your psychiatrist immediately, before the problem gets worst and you might hurt others or yourself. Trust me the psychiatrist is there to help you not hurt you and call you crazy, you just have a serious condition and you need help as soon as possible.

I have been institutionalized 3 times & your headed there if you don't see doctor's & stay home & deal with it. It is so hard I will pray for you. I was healed after 11 years of not being able to go outside because the sun makes a lot of difference when your on meds. I work for the Depression & Bipolar support Alliance, you could look them up. Now that I am healed by religion, I stay religious & do not use drugs even for pain. Dr. Amen has a lot of education about depression on the web. I can eat simple carbohydrates for pain & it helps you get healthier. That is like potatoes & pasta. Everybody has bad days & we have to survive one day at a time. Fish oil or Omega-3 Fatty Acids ade used in eastern meds & diet & has been found that is why they have a low rate of suicide & depression. He might put you on geodon for the schitz effect. It does prey on the undeserving. The Lord knows though, you can have the undesrtanding of God if you want. You may even stay healthy for 10 yrs. & get a government job. XOXO

You really should tell a physciatrisyt. If you dont then your own paranoia could hurt others around you not to mention yourself. get help quickly God bless.

Sunny Rain
You shouldn't be afraid to tell your psychiatrist about this. That is what he is there for, to help you understand!

Definitely speak up. Also maybe try talking to your family...

ricki c
yes,it is best to let her know what is going on,cause by being honest with her she will know how to help you.please do not think you are crazy cause you have mental health issues,as there's so many people out there who have them,but can also lead healthy,happy productive lives.yes,a person can have more than one mental health problem.hope things get better.

I absolutely think you should let your dr know. You pay them money to help you with your health - including mental health. They aren't paid to judge people, only to treat conditions. Do not lose sight of that! Good luck to you!

I would say so. Tell her. Get help.

Yes it's very important to let your psychiatrist know about this asap. They may need to change your medications and further evaluate you. Please don't wait to call him today! He is a professional and will not think your crazy. It's very possible to have depression and schizophrenia at the same time.

Good luck and take care of yourself and call. You will make yourself better if you do!

ABSOLUTELY! They may need to adjust your medication. If you are taking antidepressants for depression and anxiety but, in fact, have a different condition - like bipolar - these meds can make the condition worse instead of help you. If these symptoms have started after taking medication, I would suspect them rather than your family. I know that the things that you are feeling are very real to you. My son experiences some of the same things. I am proud of you for seeking professional help. I wish my son would.
Best wishes

You definately need to tell your therapist.

There are several reasons why a person with schizophrenia is more likely to experience depression than the average person. Depression may be a biological symptom of the disease - one of the negative-category symptoms like apathy. This can be compounded by the extra burden of stress carried by someone living with a chronic disease. Depression or mood-blunting might be a side-effect of an antipsychotic medication (abilify and risperidol are two that schizophrenia.com members have indicated can cause depression). Depression might be a co-diagnosis along with schizophrenia - some of the same neurotransmitter imbalances that are implicated in schizophrenia may also contribute to the development of depression. Finally, depression may be the major diagnosis - for example, if a person has manic depression, or major depression with psychotic features. These patients still experience hallucinations and delusions; however, they tend to have a characteristically negative tone (for example, a person might believe he/she will cause the world to end, or he/she is guilty of some unforgivable crime).

Likewise, depressive symptoms can appear at various points during the course of the illness. Many patients who experienced depression before starting on a treatment program reported that their depressive symptoms initially faded with the start of antipsychotic treatments, but then returned once the positive symptoms stabilized. There could be both a biochemical and a psychological factor to this. As visions of grandeur and self-importance, ideas of divine missions, and voices that have been constant companions for years begin to slip away, many people understandably feel lonely and isolated. They are frightened as they wake up to a new "real" world that is unfamiliar and difficult to navigate. Says Dr. Wingerson (psychiatrist) in Rosalynn Carter's book 'Helping Someone with Mental Illness': "To be psychosis free with nothing to look forward to can be devastating" (p. 141).

Regardless of the cause, depression is important to treat, especially given the high rate of suicide among schizophrenia patients. Moreover, research has indicated that depression has a profound effect on quality of life, irresepective of the presence of other schizophrenia symptoms. "Quality of life among people with schizophrenia may be more closely related to levels of anxiety and depression than to the core symptoms of the disorder such as hallucinations, delusions, and anhedonia" ("Quality of life in schizophrenia: contributions of anxiety and depression." Schizophrenia Research, 2001:51(2-3):171-180).


~~~ WRITE your feelings/thoughts in a journal to share with your psychiatrist or a family members/friends, so someone knows how you are feeling on a daily basis.
~~~ TRY not to isolate yourself. If you're not feeling up to socializing or talking face-to-face, a good alternative can be reaching out through emails, chatrooms, and discussion boards. Many members say that peer support groups are invaluable to them. Says on member, "I was an isolationist for a long time, and it only contributed to the depression and negative symptoms I experienced. You need to have someone you can talk to, whether it's through a support group, friends, or an online forum."
~~~ ASK your psychiatrist about starting an antidepressant medication. Many schizophrenia patients take an antidepressant in addition to anti-psychotic meds. Common options include: SSRI medications (Prozac, Celexa, Paxil, Zoloft, lexapro), Effexor, Venlafaxine, Wellbutrin. Remember to give the meds a month or two to take full effect - see "What to Do for 6 Weeks While you Wait for Antidepressants to Kick In" for coping strategies in the meantime. Also, be aware that your body might get "accustomed" to the medication. Let your psychiatrist know if depressive symptoms return, so you can get your medication adjusted or changed.
~~~ PSYCHOTHERAPY is one of the cornerstones (along with medication) for schizophrenia and depression treatment. It helps improve day-to-day functioning, social skills, quality of life, and motivation at the same time that medication is improving chemical balances in the brain. Moreover, studies have shown that psychotherapy causes similar alterations in brain function to those seen with medication, although it only seems to be effective in conjuction with medication therapy.
~~~ NUTRITIONAL supplements have been shown to increase the effects of antidepressent medications. Schizophrenia.com members suggest fish oil supplements (omega-3 fatty acids) or folate supplements. See research supporting the use of nutritional supplements with medication.
~~~ MANY schizophrenia.com members say that a regular program of exercise keeps them feeling mentally and physically healthy, and helps combat negative symptoms such as depression and anhedonia. Numerous studies have shown that exercise induces a positive physiological reaction in the body (increases B-endorphins and monoamine neurotransmitters, decreases stress hormones such as catecholamines). Moreover, exercise gives a positive sense of accomplishment, an increased belief in oneself, and positive benefits for physical health. Walking, exercise videos, and yoga are good easy activities for a beginning exerciser, require little/no equipment or training, and can be done either by yourself or with a partner.
~~~ FOR severe depression, talk with a doctor about electroconvulsive therapy (shown to be safe and effective), or transcranial magnetic stimulation.


~How to Help Yourself if You Are Depressed (NIMH) http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/depression/complete-publication.shtml

~Depression is a Treatable Illness - A Patient's Guide http://www.mentalhealth.com/bookah/p44-dp.html

~Wings of Madness - a comprehensive site on recognizing and managing depression, compiled from the personal experience of the site's creator. Includes informative articles, discussion boards, and chatrooms.

taryn b
tell him

Bobbiejo M
you should tell your psychiatrist about your depression and your anxiety. Because it leads to getting sick and it don't just affect you if affect your family too

:) Lucy (:
Yes it is. You should tell him. Don't be worried of him thinking you are crazy, he is not there to judge you he is there to help. He won't think your crazy at all.
There are things they can do for you to help, it's always better to talk then hold things back especially things like that.

Edit: To those immature morons who can't help but leave rude comments about her posting this on the internet, grow up for god sake. She's asking for help, not to have rude comments thrown at her.

tell her. definitly. she won't think ur crazy. its her job not 2.

Yep, let her know. And yes, its possible to have both at the same time.

Cassie T
You NEED to tell your psychiatrist about this. He won't think you're crazy, he's a psychiatrist. His job is to help people with mental health issues.

It sounds like schizophrenia to me, but it could be anything from the meds you're on to a blood sugar problem (seriously, blood sugar is linked to mental health issues). You need to talk to a professional in order to get it figured out.

Depression and schizophernia CAN co-exist. There is also something called schizoaffective disorder, which is where symptoms of schizophrenia and a mood disorder (depression or bipolar) exist in a single disorder.

You need to talk about this. Best of luck to you in finding help and getting back to feeling better. You can email me if you like. I'm bipolar and I've had some pretty serious paranoia issues in the past.

Stay strong.

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