My 8-year old daughter, who was diagnosed with mild Cerebral Palsy at the age of 2, has recently been having difficulty falling asleep because of what she describes as "voices in her head." Usually she doesn't hear these voices until she's in bed. Although twice she reported hearing these voices in the evening hours before bedtime. For example: on our way to dancing school at about 6:00 PM.
She claims the voices are "yelling" at her. No real words are spoken.
My husband and I thought that she might be hearing sounds from the TV in our basement, however several times the TV wasn't even on. There aren't any noises coming from anywhere else in or around our home.
Last night was the worst night yet. She was so frantic about these voices, that she kept getting out of bed and pacing the floor crying. Finally, I was able to calm her down by making her listen to a meditation tape. After the 10-15 minute tape, she told me she thought she was ready to return to bed. Within 10 minutes, she had fallen asleep and didn't wake up until morning.
While part of me thinks it's a mental disorder, maybe she's nervous or depressed about something and this is how she's reacting to it. The other part of me wonders if this could somehow be related to her mild brain damage (the hemiparesis on the left side of her brain) and if I should plead with the doctors for an MRI, which she hasn't had since her first one at the age of 2.
Has anyone ever heard of this sort of problem? I mean, it's not like these "voices" are telling her to do things, thank God! But it's disturbing her sleep so much lately, and I'm at my wits end because there is no medicine to take for this sort of problem.
One other note: back in January 2008, she had some sort of bacterial infection in which she had spiked a fever of about 104. This was the very first time she had ever experienced hearing these yelling voices. Our pediatrician attributed this vocal hallucination to the high fever. Antibiotics were finally prescribed (I had to take her to 2 different doctors three times over a week's period before they finally agreed with me that this was going on too long.) The day she began the antibiotics, the fever left and did not return and her health had dramatically improved. The voices were not mentioned again, until only a couple of months ago (August/September).
Keep in mind, she is due to meet with her physiatrist (the coordinator of her physical therapy) early in November. I have also contacted a family therapist to schedule an appointment.
I appreciate any advice someone might be able to give me. :confused: