Im a male, 26 years old and I've researched a lot about schizophrenia and other people's experience with it and anxiety. I do think that my situation is a little bit different most of the times and because of that I'm not re-assured in the sense that it isn't schizophrenia.
I've started this fear a week after a panic attack a month ago. I started having vision problems, and seeing things in the corner of my eyes, and possibly related this to visual hallucinations. Nowadays I dismissed this and think it's anxiety. Other symptoms like loud thoughts before sleep cause me more concern, because I think it might be that these auditory hallucinations start small and develop into hearing voices. The loud thoughts that I hear are random, feel foreign to and sometimes very real. They aren't really directed to me, but say just random things that enter my mind when I try to sleep.
Why I can't relate all my symptoms towards anxiety is that I had a bad experience with cannabis half a year ago. I've had the worst panic attack ever and it felt like I was trapped in time. This seems like a psychosis? I'm not that sure about it. An other experience is also causing me concern for schizophrenia. This one is a year and a half ago. I was lying in bed at night (in a house with other students) and heard footsteps outside of my window. Well ok, that can happen. However, I suddenly hear the sound of a stone against my window and this happened a few times. I was quite scared, why somebody would do that. There aren't many other students nearby the area where I live and I can't really imagine a student in my house doing it. A little while later, I heard footsteps stepping up the stairs. I locked my room and almost called the police. After some time I looked under my door and saw nothing. So I dismissed this as being a bit paranoid and that probably one of my fellow students was it, still the sound of a little stone against my window is strange for me.
The doctor says that the chance is small that it is schizophrenia, but that I should take note of my anxiety in the coming periods. I'm not on meds because I hope I could deal without it.
In conclusion: these strange symptoms together with my worry about past events cause me not to dismiss this fear of schizophrenia. It would help if others where in the same position like I am and experienced this and how to deal with it. I just hope it's not schizo because that I believe that will ruin a lot of my aspirations that I have in life.
Thanks for reading this.