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Old 10-25-2018, 03:47 PM #1
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Okay, so I guess that I'm back to wondering if I really do have Schizoaffective and if the Latuda is helping me lol.



Side note: Am I the only one who goes through a roller coaster of emotions dealing with their mental health journey. One day I get it and accept it (like hey mental health matters I've had some struggles but it's okay)...but give it time, and I'm wondering if I just need to get over it and there's nothing wrong. Oy.


Anyway, I agree with PTSD (Cptsd being most accurate). However, I'm still unsure about my Schizoaffective diagnosis. I understand that the disorders could run together (and that perhaps the Latuda is helping to keep a lot of the symptoms at bay).


But, isn't it true that psychosis can be caused by the PTSD? I'm just curious. I guess it doesn't matter either way about my meds if it's helping to keep the symptoms away. But I was just wondering. Thanks.
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But, isn't it true that psychosis can be caused by the PTSD? I'm just curious. I guess it doesn't matter either way about my meds if it's helping to keep the symptoms away. But I was just wondering. Thanks.
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This post seriously sounds as if I wrote it... I have PTSD and am diagnosed schizoaffective. My T believes that my psychosis could be from the PTSD but says it doesn't really matter as long as the meds work. It's a matter of treating the symptoms rather than the disorder. Whether it's from schizoaffective or PTSD, if the meds are working, then they are working.

I tend to lean toward the psychosis is from the PTSD myself. Pretty much every psych diagnosis I have could be attributed to traumatic experiences. Even mood disturbances. My mood is contingent on how much stress I am under.
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I have Complex PTSD and was also diagnosed with major depression with psychosis. I was unsure of that last diagnosis because I’ve had hallucinations when I wasn’t that depressed. I guess treating the symptoms is more important than having an exact diagnosis.
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The more research I do, the more I've come to that conclusion. I deal with plenty of psychosis (hallucinations mostly, and some delusions) and my T is determined that it's all because of my PTSD. What made me realize it was even possible is when I watched a movie called Man Down.
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...anomalous experiences arising from emotion regulation and/or the generation of novel images derived from trauma memory.
Oh Sally, this statement is boggling me. Is the above quote a description of a flashback? Is it being suggested that these types of 'intrusive memories' are forms of psychosis? I feel like I am stuck in an 'autobiographical' retrieval state. How can I retrain my mind to let go of experiences I don't want to remember or that I may not be retrieving accurately? Is that what intensive therapy is supposed to achieve? Why are these thoughts re-surfacing now?
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