i have read in an article that mushrooms have the potential to greatly (permanently) alter your brain chemistry (not for the better) and have been linked to various severe mental disorders such as schizophrenia. after reading that i have become increasingly concerned that i have Schizophrenia, since this all began with me taking mushrooms and having a "bad trip" although i had done them before(i have not done them since, but have been somewhat of a frequent marijuana smoker before and after my episode). Many of my symptoms are those of a person suffering from Schizophrenia. i think i need to get help but do not know how to seek help or how to bring up this subject to my family. Any advice would be much appreciated.



I do sympathize and empathize with you, but you do just have to go seek the treatment. You have to just come out and tell your family.

Perhaps telling someone in your family or friends that you are close to first, and ask them how to best explain it? But if you are having serious issues such as you mentioned, you need to tell them soon and not worry so much about the etiquette...

The best way I can think of is to set your parents (or whomever you are telling) down without any distractions, such as television, radio, phone--and then just come out and mention that you have been having some mental/medical issues and you have been taking shrooms and you want to get help because you are very worried about what is going on.

Of course, they will be ticked, expect that, but you cannot let it go any longer. The longer you let it go, the more of a chance you risk hurting yourself and end up being super addicted and being a worse risk to yourself.

PLEASE seek help immediately and PLEASE talk to your family ASAP about it.

If, you dont feel safe about doing this with your parents or family, walk in to an ER and tell them what you have told us. They will check you out and help you as well--this is probably a place you would/will go anyway after you told your parents...so...best of luck, and I will be thinking of you.

I agree with Clyde. Do you have someone to confide in, with these thoughts? Don't do the "self diagnosing" as that rarely helps, and is not all that accurate, either.

Get some help IRL, ok?


Hey, emerica. I have the exact same problem, except that i'm only 12! I suggest talking to your parents if they seem like they would understand. If not, talk to a friend or a doctor. maybe you could do to a therapist one day without your parents knowing.

i hope everything works out for you!

Emerica, My 16 year old son was diagnosed about a year ago with schitzophrinia. To my knowledge it was not brought on by drugs, but that really dosn't matter anyway. You don't have to tell your parents that you did the shroom's. Just tell them what is going on, how your feeling and that you think you need to see a mental health Dr.( I would let the Dr. know about the drug use) they can't tell your parents if you don't want them to. My son son started off with anger issues, then it went to self inflicted cutting, he was paranoid that the people at school where talking about him and looking at him all the time. His grades went from A's and B's to failing, very fast. He got where he was having a hard time making friends and fitting in. He was having very vivid gory dream then started hearing voices. He got to the point where he could not seperate what was real and what was not. He does not preceive things the way normal (I hate that word) people do. I am not trying to scare you, just trying to be informative. there are different forms and magnitudes of schizophrenia. Not everyone is paranoid, others may not hear voices, or have the rage. Some people have suicidal and homicidal ideation. It is imparative that you seek help. Self diagnosing won't help you. heads up, Pot will make parinoia worse. I'm speaking from experience. If you would like to talk further to someone who is dealing with this you can e-mail me. liz.mccown@yahoo.com I am a wife and mother of 3. A Christian and am willing to listen or help if at all possible. Good luck!

Emerica, Please stop and tell your parents. They are going to want to help you how ever they can, but you may not want to mention the drugs you are taking until after you tell them how you are feeling. My son had a simular problems and we found out that he actually had a physical problem that he was trying to self treat since he was 13. When we finally got him to a place he could get some help he started on medication for a non active thyroid. So you never can tell if you may just have a physical issue rather than a mental. Stop the drugs before it gets to the hard stuff and talk to someone. Please? Self medicating is the worse thing you can do to your body. You are young enough that you can start a new life and be happy, like you deserve to be in life. Believe in yourself!