I was diagnosed with schizophrenia/schizoaffective disorder for the last 23 years. Just recently I saw a psychiatrist in Boulder, Colorado, and he said that the types of visual/auditory hallucinations I have are more like visual/auditory distortions which are induced by anxiety. The psychiatrist said that 50% of the patients who he treats...( and psychiatric evaluates), who were previously diagnosed with schizophrenia do not have schizophrenia... and have different psychiatric disorder. My diagnosis has been changed from Schizophrenia to Dependent Personality Disorder, which does not require any medication.. (just talk and Dialectic Behavior Therapy "DBT"). My psychiatrist also said that 1% of the population has schizophrenia, and that 5% of the population have hallucinations.. but the 5% of the population that have hallucinations do not have psychosis... hallucinations are actually very common in general public.
So for the first time in 23 years, my psychiatrist gave me the choice of discontinuing my medication by cutting the dosage down slowly until I am completely off all psychiatric medication. I have been off all my psychiatric medication for 5 months now and have not experienced any psychosis, while tolerating the visual/auditory distortions (which come and go due to stress). For the last 23 years I was told I would have to take psychiatric medication for the rest of my life, but since I have been using DBT (including other coping skills) I am able to tolerate the stress of employment without any anti-psychotic medication.