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Re: Menninger's diagnosis

Posted by Dwight on May 29, 1999, at 1:04:21

In reply to Menninger's diagnosis, posted by Jim on May 28, 1999, at 17:38:45

Jim, I was wondering if you've ever tried Nardil before. That can be great for Social Phobia. Also the Schizoid Personality Disorder and Avoidant personality disorders. If your main problem resides in the social spher, I wonder why they diagnosed use as schizoaffective. I thought that was more of a general emotional instability.

> I just got back from an evaluation at Menninger's and was diagnosed as having a shizoaffective disorder. Previously I'd been diagnosed as having major depression and social phobia. They want me to enter in-patient treatment at Menninger's for a few weeks, and then transfer to a half-way house. They want to try me on neuroleptics. My main symptom so far has been anxiety and extreme social sensitivity, and an inability to get along with others, or distrust of others. On the other hand, at times it seems like I'm too trusting of others, as I've been robbed more than once by people I trusted. My most disturbing symptom is intense anxiety. Sometimes it's almost unbearable. Would neuroleptics help in controlling that anxiety, if used for a long enough period of time? They haven't helped when I've taken them before on a PRN basis. Does the diagnosis make sense? I've had a very spotty work record due to my inability to function with people. I'm now 45. Should I get a second opinion from another hospital. It really isn't very practical as my Dad was paying for it and I don't think he's disposed to go to another hospital for a second opinion. Does anyone know if Menninger has a bias toward diagnosing schizophrenic illnesses? It really freaked out my parents when they heard the diagnosis. Any advice would be appreciated.




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