What's this?

Discussion in 'Mental Health Disorders' started by Time Of Your Life, Feb 9, 2007.

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  1. For a friend of mine i'm looking for this:
    If anyone knows, please tell me, added to other symptoms she's starting to think she's schizophrenic although i don't think this is a symptom of schzophrenia....
  2. Terry

    Terry Antiquities Friend Staff Alumni

    sounds more like she's paranoid Mountain and feeling a need to protect herself from the outside world.
  3. ~CazzaAngel~

    ~CazzaAngel~ Staff Alumni

    Yeah, maybe. :unsure:
  4. AlopexAngel

    AlopexAngel Chat Buddy

    Yeah, sounds more like a symptom of anxiety.
  5. Scum

    Scum Well-Known Member

    or maybe that she has had issues growing up where she has not felt safe in exposed places, and so anything small and 'safe' makes her feel more secure, or more accurately her inner child more secure.

    i used to know someone who slept in a cupboard by choice because it felt safe. When she was younger she had been abused and felt safer in smaller spaces, because she used to hide in them.

    Just a thought.

    Worth a trip to the docs though, because if it is schizophrenia, or anxiety or paranoia or anything else, then they can help with meds/therapy etc
  6. Scum

    Scum Well-Known Member

    just to clarify, i am not saying for one minute she has been abused, clearly i dont know that, but it would be sensible for her to address the emotional issues that make her feel the need to find safety in enclosed areas.

    Also, it could just be a throw back to the womb. babies need to be wrapped tightly to feel safe, so maybe it could be related to that, but whatever it is, it wouldnt hurt to address the issue, especially if it is causing her concern
  7. Yes, i see what you mean, but i doubt honestly its schizophrenia, it doesn't fit any of the symptoms. She's very paranoid and sixteen years old, her father is an alcoholic and things haven't been too great for her, thanks for the help guys.
  8. Scum

    Scum Well-Known Member

    even if it is schizophrenia (which obivously i couldnt say either way not being a doc and not having any clue about her symptoms) self diagnosis is bad, so it's best to get her to the docs.

    Sounds like she has had a rough ride so he could refer her on for therapy, which is probably a good thing for her, to help her deal with the shit thats been going on.
  9. Yea, i wish, but her parents are oblivious to her and thinks she makes everything up, from the sleepless nights to the hiding in the closet. :(
  10. Scum

    Scum Well-Known Member

    Well, she is 16, right? So she is old enough to go to the docs by herself, or with a friend, ie without parental consent.

    What country are you in?

    She could also talk to a teacher at school and they can get her help via the school services too, if she wants it.
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