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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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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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What is the definition or description of: auditory hallucination?

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?

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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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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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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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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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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Does every auditory hallucination come from brain damage?

Does every auditory hallucination come from brain damage?

No: Auditory hallucinations commonly occur with psychiatric illnesses, such as schizophrenia. In most cases, there is no evidence of physical brain damage in schizophrenia. Auditory hallucinations can also be be a side effect of certain medications, especially stimulant medications such as Ritalin, (methylphenidate) Adderall, and Amantadine. Traumatic brain injury does increase the risk of psychiatric illness. ...Read more

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Could hearing a scary sound in the middle of the night after going to sleep depressed be an auditory hallucination? Or part of a night mare?

Could hearing a scary sound in the middle of the night after going to sleep depressed be an auditory hallucination?  Or part of a night mare?

Parasomnia: Parasomnia (experiencing a sleep state while awake). Hallucinations associated with falling asleep=hypnogogic. Hallucinations associated with waking up=hypnopomnic hallucinations. This are not psychiatric conditions. ...Read more

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Did (Definition)

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Hallucinations (Definition)

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