As I am now well into the process of changing medications, I’m noticing changes in my behavior and habits. Most of these are good problems to have but they do take adapting to none the less. I have noticed I now feel lonely more often. On my old medications I could gladly go days on end without interacting with anyone in a meaningful way. I used to avoid contact with other people as much as possible. In my paranoid and delusional states I used to think that most people were stupid, malicious, and not worth spending time with. And the hallucinations, when my mind would talk to me without my permission (that’s what my auditory hallucinations are), would just go over all the times when I was let down by other people’s thoughtlessness and slights. It was massive doses of confirmation bias by means of my schizophrenic mind.
When the hallucinations (or my mind working without my permission) gets into working like that, it takes a lot of work to break out of that. Sometimes it will just burn itself out. Other times it can lead to completely unrelated trains of thought that have no connection in reality but are interconnected and related in my schizophrenic mind. This can lead to extremely bizarre thought patterns and behaviors on my part. When I was in college I used to believe that people were going through my trash or watching me at all times. Once I did see another student going through the dumpster, so that was all the confirmation I needed for a real long time. This lead me to throwing my trash in the Wal Mart dumpsters on the other side of town and doing all of my shopping in the overnight hours. The thought that it was a coincidence was never entertained by the hallucinations.
Confirmation bias can be really nasty for someone with schizophrenia, especially for those with unhealthy and crippling levels of paranoia. I shopped in the overnight hours for years to avoid being watched. I always listened to my music with headphones so no one could listen in my music. I still really don’t feel comfortable talking about my tastes in music for fear people will be excessively critical of my tastes.