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seriously worried about myself, please please please help me!

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • November 1, 2010
  • 05:01 AM

hello,

basically i go to sleep at 7 in the morning, wake up at half 4-5 in the afternoon, hear voices every now and again in my head (only when ive been tired or lying in bed trying to sleep) e.g. ive heard a bird flying from left ear to right ear, and white noise.. i am a dj and music producer so i am listening to loud music all the time which could cause this. i get a bit paranoid sometimes when around people i havent seen in a long time, or people that seem to be bad usually hyperactive men i know have done bad things before.

please help me, im getting really worried, even starting to think i could be going schizophrenic, and ive seen videos and stuff on schizophrenia, to be honest its scaring me!

HELP!

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  • hello,basically i go to sleep at 7 in the morning, wake up at half 4-5 in the afternoon, hear voices every now and again in my head (only when ive been tired or lying in bed trying to sleep) e.g. ive heard a bird flying from left ear to right ear, and white noise.. i am a dj and music producer so i am listening to loud music all the time which could cause this. i get a bit paranoid sometimes when around people i havent seen in a long time, or people that seem to be bad usually hyperactive men i know have done bad things before. please help me, im getting really worried, even starting to think i could be going schizophrenic, and ive seen videos and stuff on schizophrenia, to be honest its scaring me!HELP!How old are you? Gender? I don't think you have anything to worry about, though.Characteristic Schizophrenia symptoms: Two (or more) of the following, each present for a significant portion of time during a 1-month period (or less if successfully treated):Delusions - false beliefs strongly held in spite of invalidating evidence, especially as a symptom of mental illness: for example,Paranoid delusions, or delusions of persecution, for example believing that people are "out to get" you, or the thought that people are doing things when there is no external evidence that such things are taking place.Delusions of reference - when things in the environment seem to be directly related to you even though they are not. For example it may seem as if people are talking about you or special personal messages are being communicated to you through the TV, radio, or other media.Somatic Delusions are false beliefs about your body - for example that a terrible physical illness exists or that something foreign is inside or passing through your body.Delusions of grandeur - for example when you believe that you are very special or have special powers or abilities. An example of a grandiouse delusion is thinking you are a famous rock star.Hallucinations - Hallucinations can take a number of different forms - they can be:Visual (seeing things that are not there or that other people cannot see),Auditory (hearing voices that other people can't hear,Tactile (feeling things that other people don't feel or something touching your skin that isn't there.)Olfactory (smelling things that other people cannot smell, or not smelling the same thing that other people do smell)Gustatory experiences (tasting things that isn't there)Disorganized speech (e.g., frequent derailment or incoherence) - these are also called "word salads". Ongoing disjointed or rambling monologues - in which a person seems to talking to himself/herself or imagined people or voices.Grossly disorganized or catatonic behavior (An abnormal condition variously characterized by stupor/innactivity, mania, and either rigidity or extreme flexibility of the limbs)."Negative" symptoms of Schizophrenia , these symptoms are the lack of important abilities. Some of these include:Alogia, or poverty of speech, is the lessening of speech fluency and productivity, thought to reflect slowing or blocked thoughts, and often manifested as short, empty replies to questions.Affective flattening is the reduction in the range and intensity of emotional expression, including facial expression, voice tone, eye contact (person seems to stare, doesn't maintain eye contact in a normal process), and is not able to interpret body language nor use appropriate body language.Avolition is the reduction, difficulty, or inability to initiate and persist in goal-directed behavior; it is often mistaken for apparent disinterest. (examples of avolition include: no longer interested in going out and meeting with friends, no longer interested in activities that the person used to show enthusiasm for, no longer interested in much of anything, sitting in the house for many hours a day doing nothing.) A short summary of a list of negative symptoms are:lack of emotion - the inability to enjoy regular activities (visiting with friends, etc.) as much as beforeLow energy - the person tends to sit around and sleep much more than normallack of interest in life, low motivationAffective flattening - a blank, blunted facial expression or less lively facial movements, flat voice (lack of normal intonations and variance) or physical movements.Alogia (difficulty or inability to speak)Inappropriate social skills or lack of interest or ability to socialize with other peopleInability to make friends or keep friends, or not caring to have friendsSocial isolation - person spends most of the day alone or only with close familyNote: Only one Criterion A symptom is required if delusions are bizarre or hallucinations consist of a voice keeping up a running commentary on the person�s behavior or thoughts, or two or more voices conversing with each other.Cognitive Symptoms of SchizophreniaCognitive symptoms refer to the difficulties with concentration and memory. These can include:disorganized thinkingslow thinkingdifficulty understandingpoor concentrationpoor memorydifficulty expressing thoughtsdifficulty integrating thoughts, feelings and behaviorSocial/occupational dysfunction: For a significant portion of the time since the onset of the disturbance, one or more major areas of functioning such as work, interpersonal relations, or self-care are markedly below the level achieved prior to the onset (or when the onset is in childhood or adolescence, failure to achieve expected level of interpersonal, academic, or occupational achievement).Duration: Continuous signs of the disturbance persist for at least 6 months. This 6-month period must include at least 1 month of symptoms (or less if successfully treated) that meet Criterion A (i.e., active-phase symptoms) and may include periods of prodromal or residual symptoms. During these prodromal or residual periods, the signs of the disturbance may be manifested by only negative symptoms or two or more symptoms listed in Criterion A present in an attenuated form (e.g., odd beliefs, unusual perceptual experiences).Schizoaffective and mood disorder exclusion: Schizoaffective disorder and mood disorder with psychotic features have been ruled out because either (1) no major depressive, manic, or mixed episodes have occurred concurrently with the active-phase symptoms; or (2) if mood episodes have occurred during active-phase symptoms, their total duration has been brief relative to the duration of the active and residual periods.Substance/general medical condition exclusion: The disturbance is not due to the direct physiological effects of a substance (e.g., a drug of abuse, a medication) or a general medical condition.Relationship to a pervasive developmental disorder: If there is a history of autistic disorder or another pervasive developmental disorder, the additional diagnosis of schizophrenia is made only if prominent delusions or hallucinations are also present for at least a month (or less if successfully treated).
    keanhe 86 Replies
    • November 1, 2010
    • 04:48 PM
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  • With you sleeping when most people are awake... before you start to panic, check to see if you have any air conditioning vents. Especially a vent near your bed. Sounds could be echoing through the vents. Maybe a bird made a nest outside and its fluttering is echoing in the vent. And with you listening to loud music, your ears may be playing tricks on you while you sleep. Maybe try using ear plugs and see if you get the same experiences. If you don't hear the noises, it's not you. If you hear voices with the ear plugs in, you know its in your head.
    gr8tful 175 Replies
    • November 5, 2010
    • 06:03 AM
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  • hello,basically i go to sleep at 7 in the morning, wake up at half 4-5 in the afternoon, hear voices every now and again in my head (only when ive been tired or lying in bed trying to sleep) e.g. ive heard a bird flying from left ear to right ear, and white noise.. i am a dj and music producer so i am listening to loud music all the time which could cause this. i get a bit paranoid sometimes when around people i havent seen in a long time, or people that seem to be bad usually hyperactive men i know have done bad things before. please help me, im getting really worried, even starting to think i could be going schizophrenic, and ive seen videos and stuff on schizophrenia, to be honest its scaring me!HELP!You might have damage to your ear drums from all the loud music. I'm losing my hearing from that. Ha. Being over tired, or exhaustion, can make a person imagine things. I don't blame you for being paranoid around negative folks, especially if you feel you're not strong enough to avoid anything that they may influence you into doing that's bad.
    neenyteeny 4 Replies
    • December 5, 2010
    • 06:01 PM
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  • you are not alone. check out SSSS...it's a long shot but you may have super-sensitive hearing. my brother can't stand it when someone blows a dog whistle! that debilitating fatigue you talk about could be EBV. i have had it for years and it flares up for a few months at a time.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 6, 2010
    • 00:33 AM
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  • hello,basically i go to sleep at 7 in the morning, wake up at half 4-5 in the afternoon, hear voices every now and again in my head (only when ive been tired or lying in bed trying to sleep) e.g. ive heard a bird flying from left ear to right ear, and white noise.. i am a dj and music producer so i am listening to loud music all the time which could cause this. i get a bit paranoid sometimes when around people i havent seen in a long time, or people that seem to be bad usually hyperactive men i know have done bad things before. please help me, im getting really worried, even starting to think i could be going schizophrenic, and ive seen videos and stuff on schizophrenia, to be honest its scaring me!HELP!It sounds to me, the voices at least, to be weird but normal. That and the sound makes me think you might have the fantastically named Exploding Head Syndrome. In times of calm, you can hear things that sound like they are directly near your ear, yes? As for the voices, unless you think they are real entities, and so long as you recognize they are being generated, in some way, by you, then they are harmless. It happens to me as well, but Ive found a useful way to subvert it: When you hear voices, make them do things nothing speaking would do. Like, actively plan to 'hear' the voice repeat the same words over and over and over. It reminds me that its all me, that im in control and can change it most of the time.Or it could just be standard audio hallucinations. In the end, I'd not worry too much about it unless it becomes uncontrollable permanently -- ive seen phases of it last a couple weeks, but by the end its hard to remember it was ever an issue. Most important of all: stay calm, and try to reduce instances of great stress that occupy your thoughts.
    waterdeepchu 9 Replies
    • December 6, 2010
    • 02:48 PM
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  • Strange noises in ears can be tinnitis, caused by damage from loud noises. It can seem like the noises are inside your head. Get a thorough eval. from ENT, if there's any way you can. I've had tinnitis episodes (mild, thank goodness) that make it seem like there are noises coming from inside my pillow. It sure made me feel I was going crazy.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 6, 2010
    • 08:41 PM
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  • no matter what you hear on here you should see a doctor about this, but the best thing you can do while waiting on your appointment is to relax, stressing it will only make it worse. no matter what it is, an evaluation couldnt hurt. a big factor in this is your age, so if you posted your age it would help. also any family history of mental illness matters too. damage to your ears is really likely, do you wear any ear protection? if not you should start. they have different level DB ear plugs, try a few levels until you find ones that let you hear enough to do your job. (i worked in a club for about 3 years) the simplest answer could be sleep deprivation:when you lay down and are really tired you could be falling asleep and waking right back up withou realizing it, and what you hear is really a dream. this happens to me sometimes when i am exhausted, then i get really freaked out and can't fall asleep for a little while. i will hear a load noise like a truck going by my head(and i live out in the woods...) or people talking indistinctly. when this happens there is nothing visual which is why it freaks me out, it took a while for me to realize these were dreams starting. when you are sleep deprived your brain starts to "sleep" while awake in really short increments. i read this in a military study on sleep deprivation. sleep dep can actually cause hallucinations (i have had this happen personally it takes me about 32 hours without sleep to get there though).
    safyreshel 8 Replies
    • December 8, 2010
    • 09:13 AM
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