There are significant but subtle differences between these four mental health professionals: psychiatrist; psychiatric nurse practitioner; psychologist; and therapist. While they are closely related, they come with different qualifications, certifications, and treatments.
Category Archives: diagnosis
Episode 43 – Diagnosing Schizophrenia (Part 7)
Here are my original diagnoses and my current ones, made years apart by two different doctors. I speak on the effects of the medications I’m on and what I still experience after the major psychotic episode I went through. This is the final post in this little series of posts.
Episode 42 – Diagnosing Schizophrenia (Part 6)
As time passed, the mental illness started to affect my school life more and more. I developed self-destructive habits and got into unhealthy relationships while the anxiety and schizophrenia continued to wreak havoc on my ability to function.
Episode 41 – Diagnosing Schizophrenia (Part 5)
I recall a few specific incidents after the move to Missoula, some aspects of how schizophrenia affected school, and how it caused me to develop panic disorder, which I am still recovering from. I mention the comfort of music and a memory of my first friend in Missoula.
Episode 40 – Diagnosing Schizophrenia (Part 4)
In this part, I expand on my experience with my romantic relationship around the mid-point of my major psychotic episode, especially during an exotic trip with him. This includes how the voices reacted to him and how that affected me.
Episode 39 – Diagnosing Schizophrenia (Part 3)
In this third installment, I explain why I quit the volleyball team, how schizophrenia stole soccer from me, and a brief bit about my withdrawal from my social groups.
Episode 38 – Diagnosing Schizophrenia (Part 2)
My second piece about being diagnosed with schizophrenia includes some more of my memories before I was diagnosed, about symptoms and expressing the issues to my mom, and then the beginnings of how the worst symptoms affected my relationships with others.