Lots of people tend to try and diagnose themselves and it seems the more knowledge they have about mental illness, the more likely they are to attribute symptoms to having a particular disorder. Many symptoms need to be met when diagnosing schizophrenia and I don't believe this experience of possible auditory hallucinations would be enough to constitute a diagnosis. The Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder-IV states that
Two or more of the following symtoms must be each present for a significant portion of time during a one-month period:
-disorganised speech (eg, frequent derailment or incoherence)
-grossly disorganised or catatonic behaviour
-negative symptoms (ie, affective flattening, alogia, or avolition).
Only one of these symptoms is required if delusions are bizarre or hallucinations consist of a voice keeping up a running commentary on the person's behaviour or thoughts, or two or more voices conversing with each other.
Further more, since the onset of the disturbance, one or more major areas of functioning such as work, interpersonal relations, or self-care, must be markedly below the level previously achieved.
Also, continuous signs of the disturbance persist for at least six months. This six-month period must include at least one month of symptoms (or less if successfully treated) listed at the top.
The disturbance can not be due to the direct physiological effects of a substance (eg, a drug of abuse, a medication) or a general medical condition.
So all in all, there is quite a bit of guidelines that need to be met in order to reach a diagnosis of schizophrenia and its unlikely that based on your minimal symptoms that you could meet such a clinical diagnosis.
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