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Doctor insights on: Alternative Treatments For Auditory Hallucinations

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What drugs can work for auditory hallucinations?

What drugs can work for auditory hallucinations?

Evaluation: It is important to see a psychiatrist in order to clarify what is causing the auditory hallucinations. Such symptoms can occur in many conditions and it is important to make sure the underlying condition is being addressed. Usually, at least in the short term, an antipsychotic medication is utilized, of which there are more than 20 approved in the U.S. Alone. ...Read more

Auditory Hallucination (Definition)

In general, a hallucination is a perceptual experience in the absence of external stimuli. Hallucinations can occur in any sensory modality including auditory, visual, tactile, olfactory, and gustatory. Auditory hallucinations refer to the experience of "hearing" something in the absence ...Read more


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Can you tell me if migraines can cause auditory hallucinations?

Can you tell me if migraines can cause auditory hallucinations?

Yes, but uncommon: Auditory hallucinations are uncommon, but do occur before or during migraine attacks. They usually feature the sound of human voices. Because these are unusual manifestations of migraine, doctors should consider other possible causes, such as a brain tumor, epilepsy, or schizophrenia. ...Read more

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Is it considered an auditory hallucination if the sound feels to be playing in your head rather than come from the actual source?

Is it considered an auditory hallucination if the sound feels to be playing in your head rather than come from the actual source?

Hallucinations: Hallucinations are psychotic processes. Psychosis means the patient is getting external stimuli from the environment through one or more of his or her five senses, that does not objectively exist. In other words there are auditory,visual, olfactory, gustatory, and tactile hallucinations that can be experienced by the patient. Auditory hallucinations, however, are the most common. ...Read more

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Im on Risperdal for auditory hallucinations but now Im experiencing visual hallucinations, specially if I forget to take the pill. Is it normal?

Possibly: Our bodies react in a wide variety of ways to withdrawl symptoms. What kind of visual hallucinations are you experiencing ? Do you experience a return of auditory hallucinations if you forget to take Risperdal ? ...Read more

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Couldn't sleep in MSLT- had short dreams/auditory hallucinations before being jolted awake when drifting off. Was the test basically a total waste?

Couldn't sleep in MSLT- had short dreams/auditory hallucinations before being jolted awake when drifting off. Was the test basically a total waste?

Depends on results: would probably depend on what the results of your overnight PSG were that directly preceded your MSLT. Also often times we may perceive that we did not sleep or did not have an adequate study, but the study results may suggest otherwise. Just wait until you can go back in to discuss the results with your sleep specialist. They would be able to evaluate your results and give you the appropriate ans ...Read more

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Is ringing in the ears an auditory hallucination?

Is ringing in the ears an auditory hallucination?

Not hallucination: Ringing in the ears (tinnitus) is a symptom of an underlying condition. It is a common problem that tends to worsen with age and can be disruptive. It can be heard just by the sufferer or by others as well. Tinnitus can be caused by a few health conditions. A common cause is inner ear hair cell damage. If you have tinnitus, see your provider for evaluation and see an ENT for exam and audiometry. ...Read more

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Did I just have an auditory hallucination? How can I tell?

Did I just have an auditory hallucination? How can I tell?

Reality testing: People who hallucinate experience what might appear to be sensory input when no source of the input is present. The process of reality testing allows people to act like scientists to determine whether there is an objective source of the input or whether the apparent perception is self-generated. Examining sounds further might include comparing different sounds or asking others what they hear. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: auditory hallucination?

Hallucination: In general, a hallucination is a perceptual experience in the absence of external stimuli. Hallucinations can occur in any sensory modality including auditory, visual, tactile, olfactory, and gustatory. Auditory hallucinations refer to the experience of "hearing" something in the absence of an external noise. ...Read more

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I have auditory hallucination upon waking, should I be concerned?

I have auditory hallucination upon waking, should I be concerned?

Not likely: I believe what you're describing is what's known as a hypnopompic hallucinations. This is a type of hallucination that occurs when a person is just waking up. It does not mean that the person is schizophrenic, or has any of the other psychotic disorders. Hip no Gothic hallucinations, on the other hand, occur when a person is just going to sleep, again not indicative of a serious psychotic disorder ...Read more

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Visual and auditory hallucinations: what exactly are they and what do they indicate?

Visual and auditory hallucinations: what exactly are they and what do they indicate?

Hallucinations: Hallucinations are false perceptions. That means-perceiving things that are not really there, but seem very real and vivid to the person experiencing it. Hallucinations may indicate: psychiatric disorder, such as schizophrenia, psychotic depression medical disorder, such as delirium substance abuse disorder mentally healthy people with significant visual loss can have visual hallucinations. ...Read more

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Can you tell me are clairvoyance = visual hallucinations and clairaudience = auditory hallucinations?

Hallucinations: Yes, clairvoyance may be visual hallucinations and clairaudience may be auditory hallucinations. Some individuals who happen to be excellent hypnotic subjects are able to experience auditory and visual hallucinations. So autosuggestion can produce the same phenomena. Scientific studies have failed to validate esp. However, that does not prove it doesn't exist. Just no scientific evidence for it. ...Read more

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Is there any relation between borderline personality and visual/auditory hallucinations?

Is there any relation between borderline personality and visual/auditory hallucinations?

BPD/Hallucinations: Bpd can have episodes of brief psychoses due to poor reality orientation & dissociative states. ...Read more

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What is the leading medication for auditory hallucinations for people with schizophrenia?

What is the leading medication for auditory hallucinations for people with schizophrenia?

Everyone is unique: Some respond & tolerate one drug better than another. I like Clozapine but it requires frequent blood tests & has some side effects that some pts find hard to tolerate. ...Read more

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How can u differentiate normal internal dialoge from auditory hallucination of schizpophrenia? don't both conditions have voice in the head?

Not even close: Internal dialog is under self-control and is identified with self. Also identified as internal and evidence that it corresponds with reality is sought by the non-psychotic. ...Read more

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Are auditory hallucinations a part of bipolar disorder?

Are auditory hallucinations a part of bipolar disorder?

Yes, they can be: There is psychotic mania and psychotic depression so yes, AH can be part of a severe bipolar episode. That person should seek professional help or go to the ER if they are a danger to self or others. ...Read more

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RX-OCD.I get internal dialog that's loud/distressing such as yelling in my head(Loud thoughts).Its not auditory hallucinations, just inner dialog.OCD?

RX-OCD.I get internal dialog that's loud/distressing such as yelling in my head(Loud thoughts).Its not auditory hallucinations, just inner dialog.OCD?

Expert Diagnosis?: Obsessions = unwanted & sometimes disturbing thoughts or images that pop into mind & don't easily go away. They tend 2cause a lot of anxiety & distress, & can interfere w/ daily living. 2 make sure u get right treatment, it's impt 2 have an expert psychological or psychiatric evaluation. This amounts 2 doing careful detective work 2 gain a solid understanding of what u mean by loud "inner dialog." ...Read more

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How is the phenomena of auditory hallucinations when half sleep (can be physically wake but drifting) explained? Not sleep paralysis. Increasing volum

How is the phenomena of auditory hallucinations when half sleep (can be physically wake but drifting) explained? Not sleep paralysis. Increasing volum

Consciousness is: not an on/off thing; there are degrees of consciousness, like dawn to dusk. When we are in the in between state between sleeping and waking, the brain does not filter out thoughts like it does when fully conscious. This can lead to strange, pleasant, and unpleasant thoughts and feelings. If auditory hallucinations happen at other times please see a mental health professional. Peace and & health ...Read more

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Can OCD cause loud internal dialog?When my OCD acts up I get normal obsessive thoughts but also loud "yelling" in my head. It's not auditory hallucination, just loud obsessive thoughts.Is this normal?

Yes: Thoughts get louder the longer we focus on them. If the thoughts surround the things we obsess about then anxiety makes the volume increase. Learn to distract yourself and use positive self talk to compete with the thoughts. Psychopharmacology and Talk therapy, specifically coginitive behavioral therapy also helps. You don't need to live in such discomfort! Take Care ...Read more

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What do you advise if I'm having auditory hallucinations?

Sort it all out: Auditory hallucinations can occur for a variety of reasons. It could be a side effect of a medication you are taking. It could be a mental health condition that runs in the family. It could be stress. It could be grief or bereavement. The list goes on and on. Talk with your doctor to get an initial impression. Your doctor may run some tests or refer you to a specialist for more evaluations ...Read more

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Hallucinations (Definition)

Hallucinations involve sensing things while awake that appear to be real, but instead have been ...Read more