lanry1978 wrote:I think this probably induced my anxiety I had years ago as the strongest fear I had back then, and I remember it well, was "What are people thinking about me"
Well, I have schizophrenia, and this pretty much describes my condition a few years back. That's how it started. I was terribly anxious, and I was always making up scenarios of people watching my every step, and evaluating me. Then the voices started and it went downhill.
lanry1978 wrote:I do remember taking Seroquel a while back and to be honest I can't remember what kind of an effect it had on me - I remember thinking I was gaining too much weight and it was too expensive, made me sleep more, and quitting because of that. I do not remember what my emotional state was though.
Seroquel is one of the antipsychotics prescribed when doctors don't know which one to use. As with most antipsychotics, it induces weight gain and sedation. The antipsychotics I mentioned are rather specific, and they do not cause weight gain or too much sedation.
lanry1978 wrote:I always fear I am going to forget part of my symptoms when talking to them though and they will miss something that points out what the problem is they can help with.
In my experience, it doesn't matter much what you tell them. If they think you have psychotic symptoms, they will not perform any tests, and put you on their favourite antipsychotic without even thinking about it. It's best to get yourself educated on the subject, and tell them what to do. I've been doing that for years. Often, they will not comply, but you can always try a different doctor. In the end, it's all about trial and error, so you have to keep trying stuff. There are no miracle drugs.
lanry1978 wrote:Wish they could just scan my brain and give me some meds that will make me 'somewhat normal'
If you are hospitalized in a good hospital, they will perform EEG, CAT Scan, and especially psychological evaluation. That can eliminate some obvious causes of your illness. There still is no way to diagnose you using some simple brain scan, but it's coming.