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    You can certainly have positive and negative symptoms at the same time of varying intensities.  But, if you're taking anti-psychotics, it might be difficult to determine if the symptoms are innate or a side effect from the medications.
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    If you have strong mood changes as well as delusions/ hearing voices/grandiosity etc, then they are likely to diagnose Schizoaffective disorder rather than schizophrenia. Remember all psychiatric diagnoses are subjective, and rely on a Dr making a judgement about you, your behaviour & your life, usually after spending no more than 30 minutes with you. Also remember that they have no idea how the neuroleptic medications work & have good data to suggest that each one works as desired for about 30% of the patients who are prescribed it. Very imperfect pseudoscience.
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      So glad to finally hear someone else say that. Some people are so negatively impacted by psychotropic drugs that they are completely disabled by them. My son is one of those people. He received a long acting intramuscular shot of Invega sustenna, and it rendered him an emotional and physical zombie (not exaggerating ). He stays in bed 18 hours a day minimum. When he's up, he still can't do much of anything. He will likely be this way for a year or more (8 half lives for drug side effects).
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      Yes play2day! There seems to be disapproval of people hinestly expressing their negative expreiences with these prescribed medications. My boy (at 19) gained 13kg in 26 days (mathematically impossible, therefore must be metabolic dysregulation) with 3 IMIs of Respiradal Consta & spent the following 6 months in bed completely unable to function. HIs Dr was not willing to report this as a severe reaction however... so can only assume that it is considered a minor side effect by the psychiatric community. Now he is on Bioblance therapy & saw Dr William Walsh a couple of weeks ago. The nutritional therapy seems very promising and we are hoping to have him off the 7.5mg of Olanzipine that he still has (they gave him 30mg daily in hospital). Keep striving for better care, because the Western drug therapy is no answer for most people.
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      I will start a new thread on side effects of Invega and risperdal.  It's not fair to Onedirection to go off on a tangent.  Hope to see you there Krissy.
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