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13 Jul 2005

schizophrenic
my brother has had a drug problem for many years. He also did time in jail. We thought he had stopped taking drugs but we recently found he hasn't. this has been going on for about 10 years now. Now the doctor said he might be a Schizophrenic because he confessed he hears voices in his head and thats why he was abusing durgs, to silence the voices.

Is this possible? I need more info on Schizophrenic. I am just scared this is an excuse as to why he was using drugs. Even if he gets meds for being a Schizophrenic, will this stop him from abusing drugs?

He should be going for a test later this week, but I am just not sure if I should embrace him or if I should be wary and I'm scared he is lying again.

what do I do? What road lies ahead for me? What is this illness.
Please help.
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CyberShrink
cybershrink

01 Jan 0001

Its very uncommon for someone with schizophrenia to take street drugs to silence the voices in his head, and there are ways in which a life of drug addiction could lead to psychotic illnesses and hearing voices. it could be just an escuse, as you fear. Or it might be that he actually had schizophrenia ; if so, proper meds could possibly reduc the symptoms of schizophrenia ( though they can be less effective if the illness has gone untreated for a long time ) ; but even successful treatment of the schizophrenia is unlikely to impact on the drug addiction.
The only was to try to be sure of the diagnosis is for him to see a good local psychiatrist for a comprehensive assessment ; maybe even also some psychological tests from a local psychologist. Only with a clear diagnosis can treatment possibilities be usefully discussed.
Be cautious. If he were schizophrenia, he would probably not be wanting hugs and kisses, as he might find intimacy uncomfortable, anyway.
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