Dear Dr. Archer,
I was diagnosed with schizophrenia a number of years ago. Twelve years ago I was struck on the head quite heavily while playing with a cattle dog and found that afterwards, my ability to question any proposal of belief became dormant.
As a result of watching televangelists, I became obsessed with Christianity, even becoming deluded about my own identity, as I believed I was a religious figure. I also hallucinated sharing my body with the spirits, or anyone I saw on television, whether they were real or fictional.
I have had many experiences like this my whole life and was told that when I was very young I was struck heavily on the head after falling off a cart. I'm currently receiving Invega injections monthly, and I find it helps, especially with reducing paranoia. Thank you for the opportunity to write to you.
I thank you for taking the time to write and share your story with the rest of us. Schizophrenia is a complex brain disorder that cannot be cured, but can be treated. Although the cause of schizophrenia is unknown, genetics, early childhood stress, trauma and infection all may play a role.
Invega is an anti-psychotic medication and I’m glad it’s working for you. The good news is that you realize that your delusions and hallucinations are not real. That is extremely important. I wish you much success, Glen, and thank you for writing.