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Doctor insights on: Auditory Figure Ground

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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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What kind of physical symptoms are caused by dissociative identity disorder, like low libido, spacing out unable to hear what people say, memory loss?

What kind of physical symptoms are caused by dissociative identity disorder, like low libido, spacing out unable to hear what people say, memory loss?

These are many: People with dissociation experience many physical sensations. Headaches are extremely common. Abdominal pain is less common but not uncommon. Pain in the vaginal and uterine areas is not uncommon. If the person is still being abused and being hurt by someone, then there can be bite marks, whip marks, bruises from beatings, broken bones, and some things that are simply too gross to describe here. It is important to decide whether the symptoms are occurring in the present or whether they are occurring as a result of memories from the past. This is not always easily done. I have seen women who have spent years in wheelchairs and who have been declared paralyzed, even by some of the most prestigious universities in this country. It never took more than one or two hours of therapy to find the underlying truth of their trauma to free them from the ravages of paralysis. Some of these women were paralyzed for up to 15 years. The list of symptoms is as varied as the human body. I have seen things that i never thought were possible, such as the eyes suddenly darting down into the sockets so that i could only see the whites of the person's eyes. Fortunately in that case i knew the woman's neurologist in the practice right down the hall from you so i immediately brought him in and i asked him if he had ever seen anything like that and he responded "not in a live person. So, your answer is a long one and yet very incomplete. I hope that for you the symptoms are few and that you will thrive even as you relive some of the past that caused you to dissociate in the first place. ...Read more

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What are sounds that help you fall asleep (oceans (oxymetazoline) crashing, thunder and rain, etc.)?

What are sounds that help you fall asleep (oceans (oxymetazoline) crashing, thunder and rain, etc.)?

White noise: Some people need white noise to help them fall asleep. This can be anything from static on radio station to train going by or crickets in addition to what you listed. Often helpful for people that 'can't turn mind off' or those with conditions such as tinnitus (ringing or noise in ears). The idea is distraction. ...Read more

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Diff between diagnosis as dissociation vs schizophrenic. Alien deep in brain that tortures w/physical, auditory, and visual stuff 2 do 2 you. Abuse in past?

Diff between diagnosis as dissociation vs schizophrenic.  Alien deep in brain that tortures w/physical, auditory, and visual stuff 2 do 2 you. Abuse in past?

Could be either: Dissociative Identity Disorder and psychosis can both involve hearing voices making hostile and threatening statements. Often in psychosis the voice comes from outside and is not responsive to being addressed. With DID voices are inside and can engage in conversation if addressed. Doctor/therapist may think psychotic without exploring dissociation as a possibility. Careful assessment is a must. ...Read more

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Can ptsd, or OCD cause mania at night not .Hyper but fidgety , exstreme insomnia feeling the need to figure things out, write list, clean organize?

Can ptsd, or OCD cause mania at night  not .Hyper but fidgety , exstreme insomnia feeling the need to figure things out, write list, clean organize?

In short, yes: I'm not sure you actually mean mania -- but severe anxiety such as found in ptsd and/or ocd can surely interrupt sleep and cause the problems you describe. Seeing a psychiatrist for full evaluation can be a beginning in finding relief. Many people with ptsd are fearful of going to sleep due to nightmares. If you do have bipolar illness, the zoloft (sertraline) can make it worse. Please do see psychiatrist. ...Read more

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What are some reasons why visual and auditory hallucinations would start suddenly in an elderly person?

What are some reasons why visual and auditory hallucinations would start suddenly in an elderly person?

Delirium: Delirium is a medical emergency associated w/high mortality if underlying cause is not treated. It is defined by sudden onset of hallucinations (audio, visual or both) & delusions w/fluctuating states of consciousness & awareness. In other words, patient all of a sudden starts acting crazy. This can be due to pain, low oxygen, drugs, salt/mineral imbalance, kidney/ liver failure, heart attack, etc. ...Read more

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What psychological problem can cause a person to constantly lose identity/ have empathy based on movies or television?

What psychological problem can cause a person to constantly lose identity/ have empathy based on movies or television?

Several issues: Any of us can become immersed in dramatic, evocative stories/movies, etc -- or can identify strongly with characters. But, does the person return to his/her own state afterwards -- or continue as the "other"? Some types of personality disorder can have difficulty with this, as can some people with dissociative disorders. Identity is not completely static, and gradually evolves throughout life. ...Read more

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Experiences dizziness and the feeling of being unable to stand. doesn't feel room spinning. travels, often jetlagged. high trigly. inner ear issue?

Experiences dizziness and the feeling of being unable to stand. doesn't feel room spinning. travels, often jetlagged. high trigly. inner ear issue?

Probably: vertigo or Meniere's disease. Patient will need ENT evaluation, vertigo testing and a medical workup to include blood testing and cardiac evaluation. ...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?

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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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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Sudden difficulty of recognizing spoken english (native speaker and don't know any other languages) it's sounds foreign to me. Why?

Sudden difficulty of recognizing spoken english (native speaker and don't know any other languages) it's sounds foreign to me. Why?

Don't know the cause: Of this symptom but do recommend a neurological evaluation due to change in cognitive function. Take care. ...Read more

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Would I have permanent hearing loss. From someone blowing their horn while I stand at a crosswalk. The horn was about 118 decibels 8feet away 4sec ?

Would I have permanent hearing loss. From someone blowing their horn while I stand at a crosswalk. The horn was about  118 decibels 8feet away 4sec ?

Hearing loss: can be assessed with pure tone audiometry, speech discrimination thresholds and other tests. Inspection of the ear canal and ear drum is a start. You would likely need serial audio metric exams to document a recovery curve or lack of recovery. Permanency is determined objectively on a case to case basis ( I hope you have a quick and full recover) ...Read more

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How is auditory processing disorder different from other hearing loss?

How is auditory processing disorder different from other hearing loss?

Auditory processing: With this disorder, one is able to hear sound, but once it gets to the brain, it is not interpreted correctly. This disorder is very uncommon. In this disorder the ears are just fine. It is a problem within the brain. It requies specialized therapy for treatment. ...Read more

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Diagnose of the person who: has personality changes, hear noises coordinated with his movements, feel people shadows in his room and hear voices.

Diagnose of the person who: has personality changes, hear noises coordinated with his movements, feel people shadows in his room and hear voices.

This certainly: can not be diagnosed in an on line setting. However, it is very important that the person be evaluated for possible psychiatric & neurological problems. Take care. ...Read more

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What type of doctor would best be able to determine problem with electric current sensations in heart, brain, nerves? March 2011 awakened by loud drilling and beep-beep-beep noise at base of skull. Faded somewhat, but, still loud. Feel electric current an

What type of doctor would best be able to determine problem with electric current sensations in heart, brain, nerves? March 2011 awakened by loud drilling and beep-beep-beep noise at base of skull. Faded somewhat, but, still loud. Feel electric current an

When : When people develop uncommon sensations involving multiple body parts, often the most appropriate first step is to see their primary care doctor. This doctor often knows the person and their medical history best, and he or she can examine the patient and conduct screening tests to determine if, and which, specialty consultation is needed. ...Read more