Anonymous asked in HealthMental Health · 2 months ago

Is having an imaginary friend as an adult Schizophrenia? ?

Let's say an adult sees and hears an imaginary friend. Even if they know it's not really there, they can still hear and see it like it were a real person and talk back and have a conversation with it. Is that a form of schizophrenia? Or any other mental disorder of any kind? 

Can it also be something related to how stressful situations get? Like the more stressful, the more they see or the more active it becomes?

1 Answer

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Yes, that can be a result of having Schizophrenia, but only a qualified medical professional can truly make an accurate diagnosis for you after gathering all pertinent information and evaluation in person.  Stress can trigger any mental illness so yes, it could make the progression of the disorder more aggressive.  

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