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Hi tigger,

What you're describing could be auditory hallucinations. I would describe exactly what you're hearing, when and how often to your pdoc so he/she can determine what is going on.

I have several questions for you. When you hear these voices, do you hear anything else?

For example, if the TV is on in the background, do you hear it at the same time you hear your voices or do you hear the voices only? Do the voices sound as if they are taking place inside or outside of your head?

The reason I ask is because when someone experiences auditory hallucinations, they lose touch with reality and become unaware of their surroundings. They also hear voices from outside of their head as if there is another person in the room.

When I experienced auditory hallucinations in the early 90s the voices I heard criticized me for the daily decisions I made, told me what an awful person I was and tried to convince me to commit suicide. They also had conversations with me.

During my last severe manic/psychotic episode I heard up to 20 different voices. These were the voices of my family, friends and complete strangers. They often spoke of death and dying, commented on everything I was thinking or doing and angrily shouted at each other.

I don't know if my experiences are similar to what you are going through, but I thought I'd share them in case they are.

Hope this helps!

dreams in neon
Bipolar I - Rapid Cycling
Schizoaffective Disorder - Bipolar Type
I wish I were capable of willful suppressions when it comes to my auditory hallucinations. Unfortunately, I just can't do it no matter how hard I try. As I mentioned before, my tdoc says this is because I've lost complete touch with reality and therefore don't have the means necessary to think clearly -- let alone think coherently about the voices I hear.

dreams in neon
Bipolar I - Rapid Cycling
Schizoaffective Disorder - Bipolar Type
tigger,

If I were you, I'd ask your pdoc if he/she could place you on an antipsychotic to help relieve your auditory hallucinations.

I take 4mg of Risperdal for mine and it works wonderfully well (except when I'm manic).

dreams in neon
Bipolar I - Rapid Cycling
Schizoaffective Disorder - Bipolar Type
You're welcome, tigger. Please let us know what you find out. Good luck! :)

dreams in neon
Bipolar I - Rapid Cycling
Schizoaffective Disorder - Bipolar Type





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