Pillbug Posted September 25, 2008 Report Share Posted September 25, 2008 Hello everyone! First off, I'm new here. Just registered. I feel a bit stupid admitting this but am quite curious about if this is harmless or the result of a disorder or hidden problem...It's not uncommon for children to have imaginary friends. I never had one as a kid though. Which is funny, because now I do. I'm 17.If I remember correctly, I would daydream and resort to talking to a made up character on rare occasions when I was 15. However, as I grow older, that friend is around much more often. If I am not occupied with something else such as school work, games, computer, reading, etc and am alone, I'm talking in my head to what I call an imaginary companion. Once or twice I've caught myself mumbling out loud, though it's in my head most of the time. It is hard to explain how it is to have it around to others (especially without sounding a bit batty or loopy ). The best way I can explain is he is male (I'm female), always has the same look and personality. He seems to be in his mid 20's and is very friendly and comforting toward me but has a negative view toward a lot of other people.Perhaps it's because I don't and have never had a friend who I really enjoy being around? I do have friends at school, but not one that I'm really close to. I don't talk on the phone with anyone, go to the mall, or visit anyone's house. I'm pretty much solo. Sometimes I hate it, sometimes I just don't care. I'm horrible with talking to people anyway. It's uncomfortable and I stumble and mix up my words a lot. At one time I thought I had social anxiety (I went to a counselor a while back but it did littler for me), but am not sure if I really have it that bad because I don't mind being alone most of the time and I just seem to have problems communicating with others.I've read online and have had two people (also online) tell me that imaginary friends in older teens and adults can be an early sign of schizophrenia...That's scary. Can it be true that it is an early sign, or is it possible it is another disorder that I have?Or is it just a harmless thing?Any comments or advice is welcomed and greatly appreciated. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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