My friend was diagnosed with depression a few months ago and is still depressed. She tells me that when she gets upset or enters a Church, she sees (in her head) a girl in a white room laying in a puddle of blood and sometimes the girl even demands her to "cut herself." She also tells me that she has a horrible feeling someone is stalking her and planning to rape and kill her; she checks every room for danger 2 times before entering it, I am going to tell her parents, but is this really serious? Oh yeah, her Grandmother was Schizophrenic. Could she be?
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Schizophrenia is thought to have a genetic factor, but that doesn't mean that someone will develop schizophrenia just because a grandparent had it. Sometimes intrusive thoughts and images can be associated with anxiety disorders, or severe depression, or any number of other things, and there's no way anyone here can take a guess at what the cause might be in your friend's case.
It certainly sounds as if your friend is in a lot of distress, though, and I'd say she should definitely see a doctor. Is she getting any therapy and/or medication for her depression? Could she talk to the doctor or psychiatrist who diagnosed her with depression about the problems she's currently having?
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She is taking an anti-depressant and has been for a while. She is also going to therapy one time a week. I told her she really needs to talk to her doc about it and this is what she said, "I can't. As soon as I tell them I'm going crazy again, I'll go back to the hospital." And again I pushed her to tell and she told me that she couldn't stand seeing her mother's disappointed face once again. But she's really starting to worry me.
logic_grrl, you said "intrusive thoughts and images can be associated with anxiety disorders, or severe depression" so do you know why that is? Can't she control that? Sorry for all of the questions!
If you feel that you are in no danger of harming yourself or anyone else, but you have a doctor who is likely to put you in a hospital against your wishes if you tell them about this, it might be worth trying to find a new doctor. Better to find a new doctor who is willing to work with you with hospitalization as an absolute last resort, than to just keep all of this to yourself in order to not be put in a hospital.
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