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Re: Are antipsychotics neurotoxic?

Posted by undopaminergic on August 23, 2020, at 1:57:56

In reply to Re: Are antipsychotics neurotoxic? undopaminergic, posted by linkadge on August 22, 2020, at 12:17:51

> >In my experience, psychosis is the opposite of >neurotoxic. I have grown so tremendously since my >psychosis, that I'm a whole different person. That >is subjective though -- the change may be viewed >as harmful if you don't like it.
> I would say that this isn't a typical viewpoint. There are a number of studies looking at brain changes associated with chronic, untreated schizophrenia (i.e. alterations in grey matter, ventricle volume, grey matter reductions, white matter reductions, inflammation, cognitive deficits etc).

I guess YMMV.

> A brief psychotic episode, isn't necessarily the same thing as schizophrenia however. Drugs or trauma can induce psychotic episodes that can resolve on their own. Schizophrenia, on the other hand, is usually chronic and relapsing.

I've only had one "real" episode of psychosis, and that was back in 2009. By real, I mean auditory hallucinations and paranoia, which was consistent with paranoid schizophrenia. Except for an episode of erotomania (fully delusional), later "psychotic" episodes consisted merely in certain unscientific ideas. However, soberly, unscientific ideas are not enough to qualify for a diagnosis of "delusions". Therefore, I scarcely have schizophrenia, even though the doctors insist that I do.

I concede that I am on the schizophrenia *spectrum*, because I have traits of schizoid personality disorder (ie. negative schizophrenic symptoms). That said, these symptoms are difficult to distinguish from depression.





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