Hey, my friend recently started experiencing auditory hallucinations. She hasn't been officially diagnosed or anything, but she's pretty sure she's experiencing some form of psychosis. I wanted to know if you (or any of your followers) have any ideas on how I can be a helpful and supportive friend. Or any helpful links. Thanks!
#1 is to listen to her. NEVER challenge her by saying things like “maybe they just your thoughts” or question her honesty because i’ve had that happen to me and it feels awful.
Let her know that finding help is a strength and there is help available. Educating yourself is always good too. Stay calm if she is having an episode, also staying honest is a must. Don’t feel offended if all of a sudden she is unable to trust you, that is part of the illness, but if you are able to continually support her this will probably not happen. Doing small favors for her is nice too, like maybe buying some of her favorite candy for her if she is having a bad day. In all of this, don’t forget to take care of yourself!
This link is very helpful and easy to read. Good luck to you and her.
Does anyone else ever feel like they have extra limbs sometimes? Usually happens with some kind of dissociation but not always. Like a phantom limb syndrome from extremities you never had.
Personally I do not but anyone else???
When I was 13 I used to listen to metal to fall asleep so i couldn't hear the voices screaming inside my head.
I used to think my cats were spying on me and that people i knew could be inside of them watching me. I also was convinced the world was watching me at all times like in the movie the truman show. I later found out lots of people experience something thats actually named "the truman show delusion" on wikipedia
I love that movie but yeah don’t watch it if you’re easily triggered by movies!
hi! i have schizotypal personality disorder, and it has come to my attention that "body illusions" or hallucinating, in the form of physical sensations within the body, are symptoms of said personality disorder. i am convinced i have them all the time, but am not sure, and was wondering if you could clear up what a body illusion, or physical hallucination would be. thanks!
I believe you are talking about tactile hallucinations, if you’re not i apologize for the misunderstanding. A vey common tactile hallucination is feeling like bugs are crawling all over your body or biting you. It can also feel like someone is tapping your back. I’ve heard about a few people with tactile hallucinations that present themselves as a sickness but don’t assume it’s a hallucination if it feels serious.
Hope this helped.
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"When I was 13 I listened to loud metal to fall asleep so I couldn’t hear the voices screaming inside my head. Even today, as a medicated person who doesn’t hear them anymore, I can’t fall asleep without listening to music. Classical, nowadays :)"
When I was 13 I had an ear infection the day I had a psychotic episode, I thought there was an alien inside my brain, so I kept screaming at it to get out.
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Top text reads: hallucination or
Bottom text reads: ghost of dead cat?]
sometimes i feel the bed depress when i’m tryna sleep like an animal jumped up there; i also sometimes see a shadow cat (usually in the hallway)
it’s a giant pain because i believe in ghosts + wouldn’t mind it if it were one of our old pets„„,
Hi, weird question! Whenever I dream about something before falling asleep, sometimes my mind repeats the action over and over and I cannot stop it. It is as if I cannot control it. For example if I (mentally, not physically) move my arm and move it back, it moves forwards and backwards against my will, what does it mean? I am really nervous and it bugs me. Please tell me, is it normal or am i going crazy?
That is probably Hypnagogia. Everyone experiences it, so you’re all good. It is the transition between being awake and falling asleep, when our mind is experiencing delta waves things tend to happen. Your brain can mix up your dreams with reality, which is why people commonly experience hallucinations when they first wake up or are drifting off to sleep.
Nothing to worry about, take care :)