Our expert says:
It's always good to hear from you, but I'm distressed to hear that you are feeling so bad. It is a problem with many disorders that ignorant people may feel prejudiced against people who suffer from them. And the ignore the fact that they themselves probably suffer from some other disorder which some other ignoramus would think less of them about.
Anti-psychotic meds generally should not cause hyperthyroidism or indeed thyroid problems in general. Sometimes there could be a similarity bertween some side-effetcs of some drugs and some symptoms of thyroid problems. This is best discussed with your psychiatrist, who can check this out and, if needed, do simple blood tests of thyroid function, and manage it if necessary.
Of course having one disorder oesn't make one immune to anything else, so sometimes one might have more than one medical problem to deal with. This is where a specialist psychiatrist should manage the situation better than a GP.
Discuss your concerns about your meds with your psychiatrist. It is possible that changing meds or doses could eleviate some of the side-effects that bother you. But if they control the more severe schizophrenic symptoms, they'll be well worthwhile. Sometimes, one doesn't really appreciate an effective or useful medicine if it eliminates nasty symptoms, because one isn't experiencing those. I sometimes think my pain is OK, and maybe I don;'t need my daily doses of meds --- but skip a day, and the pain soon reminds me why I DO need them.
If you are still feeling so unpleasantly scared, the medicines are not being as helpful as they ought to, so discuss this in detail with your psychiatrist, as there may be btter ways to reduce that problem. Maybe seeing a counsellor to help you deal with that particular problem, the scaredness, would help, too.
I know that it feels scary, but people do not, generally want to harm you, and indee are so wrapped up in their own problems that they probably don' even notice you. And I don't think they'd want to harm you just because you feel like this --- again, they wouldn't see it as relevant to their own lives.
I know it can be had to trust other people, and indeed there are some nasty people out there --- but even they are not after YOU, they just take opportunities they find to do something that they think will benefit them, without bothering abou how it might affect others.
DO please, see your own psychiatrist as soon as this can be arranged, and tell him frankly about all this --- he will want to know and will probably be able to help, without taking any advantage of the situation. You deserve help and support, and the right people would be glad to help you. DO keep contact with us here on the forum, too, as we genuinely do care about you.
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