Is this ocd or schizophrenia?

15 November 2015 - 17:06

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I have had ocd for 2 1/2 years now and it's been a torture. I'm wondering if I'm schizo-ocd. Whenever I get an irrational thought, that could make a scary situation true if true. I have trouble rationally thinking about whether it is logical or illogical even though deep down I know it is crap. But when I just ignore it and ocd and worry calms down. I can rationally think about it and find out if it's a silly thought or not. Also whenever I have an ocd episode I feel really pressured to logically answer if the thought is rational or not. And I am 99% sure that if I do defeat ocd this will go away with it. I became really scared when I found out that thought disorganization was a big symptom of schizophrenia. This thought disorganization when I am in an anxiety attack is really unwanted and really makes me think that I am delusional. I'm wondering if I'm schizo-ocd. It feels very hard to think and I feel big pressure on my brain when I am worried about the irrational ocd thought, and I have to decide if it is rational or not.

7 December 2015 - 13:48

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Nope; at least, I'm not a doctor but it sounds perfectly normal to me.  If you're in the middle of an anxiety attack it's bound to be difficult to think straight, when you're scared silly and a hundred nonsense thoughts are rushing in; you just haven't the capacity to sort them all out at the time until you've calmed down a bit.  I get like that too.  You wouldn't be surprised by someone not thinking entirely straight in the middle of a road accident or an asthma attack, either, so it's no different for an OCD crisis. 

You say "schizo-OCD" as if it was a known thing; I don't think it is, at least not that I've ever heard of?  I mean, I don't know of any reason why you couldn't have both if you were really unlucky, but it's certainly not an expected thing for OCD to go with schizophrenia - they're unrelated.

Also, politically loaded grammar check    :  remember, both schizophrenia and OCD are correctly things you "have", not things you "are".  I know a lot of people get that wrong these days, especially people who don't know much about OCD, and it really annoys me when I hear people say "He is OCD", because it makes it sound as if the person themselves is a problem, rather than that they HAVE a problem! 

Are you getting any kind of treatment by the way or are you trying to deal with it on your own?  (Useful to know). 

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19 December 2015 - 23:03

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Hi! I dont know if you'll see this but I have this worry too, and I dont have schizophrenia or schizo OCD (OCD with psychotic features) I believe the latter is an American term thats been mistakenly given to perfectly rational sufferers of OCD by clinicians who don't have the proper knowledge. You do not have anything else other than OCD, for the sheer fact, you are posting on a forum about it. If you were schizo you'd believe your thoughts, you wouldnt question them and you would'nt diagnose yourself. You'd believe them whole heartedly. 

Thankyou for writing your post, I struggle with this too. But we have to remember it is just our anxiety. You've posted a logical, well thought out topic that's completely rational. People suffering from a psychotic episode dont calm down and realise it was irrational voluntarily. They need medication, and usually a 'section' for immediate treatment. You don't have it, and neither do I. You've made me feel better knowing someone else is in the same boat X 

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I don't believe its schizophrenia. In fact one symptom of OCD is wondering if you are schizophrenic. Hope this helped.

 

19 November 2019 - 8:25

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I'm no doctor - but it sounds like what you are describing is a regular type of OCD.  I have OCD and schizoaffective disorder which was originally diagnosed as an extreme of OCD and I still think it might be- but there were BIG changes in my behaviour and my family knew they had to get help for me.  There are some people in-between who have some odd beliefs but can still function  - but what you describe sounds nothing like that -I'm talking about people who believe they have superpowers etc. Some indicators that you might be developing something worse are things like no appetite, not sleeping, hallucinations.  People with severe mental illness can get racing thoughts about all sorts of things and combine them together into theories that don't make sense to healthy people - I don't know if this is what is meant by disorganised thoughts.  I know this is an old post but I thought that this might give you some extra reassurance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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