Our expert says:
Actually, there are different varieties of schizophrenia. In some a person may be more emotionally flat than most of us ( like Samantha, perhaps ) ; in most forms of it, people can be as emotional and as upset as anyone.
Remember, Shaun, the popular idea of Schizophrenia as a "split personality" is totally false in the sene of having more than one personality --- there may be some splits within the single personality we all have, in someone with Schizophrenia.
But what you say makes a lot of sense. It sounds as if you've been stable over 8 years or so, without getting worse or relapsing, which is a lot better than most people with schizophrenia. Maybe the diagnosis is worth revisitng ; other conditions, like hypomania, or even severe depression, may also lead to a period of strange behaviour ; as can some temporary infections, and fevers, for instance. Maybe it's be a wise investment to see a good local psychiatrist, either privately, or maybe an academic at your nearest Medical School, for a re-assessment. it's possible you either don't need this medication ( but we of course need to be very sure of that before stopping it ) or may do much better on different medication. Worth checking out.
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