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How do auditory hallucinations tend to start?

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Hi there, I had a psychotic episode in mid 2018 and since then I’ve been well (without any symptoms) and was on olanzapine (10mg then 5mg).
Initially they told me it was affective psychosis but later have stated it as a diagnosis of Schizophrenia. I do not believe I have SZ but that is for another argument.
I stopped taking olanzapine 5mg about 5 months ago. I’ve been attending University and studying hard. Since mid March and with lockdown I’ve been non stop doing assignments and then had a number of online exams which I finished about 2 weeks ago now. My routine has been pretty much studying 11am to 10pm mon to sun, with lunch breaks and dinner and some relaxation around 10 and after, and exercise wise I would just go for a walk around my area about twice a week. I usually was going to bed around 2am or later and falling asleep no problem.
As soon as I finished exams 2 weeks ago I’ve had free time. I tend to get excited/enthusiastic about things when this happens as I’ve been looking forward to having my life back. At times in the early morning around 3am I plan out conversations and various ideas (social media, messages etc) and its sometimes hard to sleep but I eventually do fall asleep.
Anyways back to my issue, so since stopping exams and having free time just enjoying myself I’ve noticed something happening when I put my head down to sleep at night. I sleep on my side and I’ve noticed that sometimes in my left ear, there’s a mild sensation I can’t really describe, it’s kind of like blood is rushing to that side of my head/ear. As well as that then and worringly, I start to hear noise, I do NOT hear actual words but to me it sounds like a mild whispering from a few sources or a sort of ringing noise ? I cannot make out any language or words but it’s a very fast sort of noise. It doesn’t appear to be coming from any area of my room, it seems to be from my head and it’s kind of at a distance of maybe 10cm in closeness (if even). When I move my head so my left ear is on my pillow it stops. Also I feel that if it starts and I don’t move and just stay still it gets louder maybe ? I’m not frightened by it and I would say my mental health/mood is certainly normal at the moment - I’m getting on fine with day to day activities.
My Dad has tinnitus for years, perhaps that is the cause?
I’d love to know if anyone’s auditory hallucinations ever began like that.
Major disclaimer also: I never experienced auditory hallucinations during my first and only episode back in 2018.
Thanks for reading this long post! All thoughts and opinions will be greatly appreciated.
 
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I'd be very, very, very careful about coming off meds. Does your doctor, psychiatrist or any one close to know that you are not taking meds?
I did the same thing as you (stop meds cold turkey without telling any one and when I had no symptoms) and I relapsed sooo hard, it was worse than my first episode! This is called rebound psychosis. For psychosis to be treated well, you need to be on meds for a lil while longer after the point of not having any symptoms, the brain chemistry still needs more time to make sure it does not relapse.

Take care! :)
 
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I'd be very, very, very careful about coming off meds. Does your doctor, psychiatrist or any one close to know that you are not taking meds?
I did the same thing as you (stop meds cold turkey without telling any one and when I had no symptoms) and I relapsed sooo hard, it was worse than my first episode! This is called rebound psychosis. For psychosis to be treated well, you need to be on meds for a lil while longer after the point of not having any symptoms, the brain chemistry still needs more time to make sure it does not relapse.

Take care! :)
I really appreciate your advise and story. Yes my team are aware. I suppose I’ll just have to wait and see if it continues, whatever it may be, and inform the professionals then if it becomes a cause for concern. Thanks again!
 
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My auditory hallucinations used to start often by someone saying they are the police in the middle of trying to entertain so called friends which i later thought were suicide victims that blamed there deaths on me and I sat there with some sort of ghost government watching me.
 
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It's been like 18 years since mine started but I think it was whispers speaking to me. It wasn't long before more and more voices started "showing up" and speaking to or about me and others.
 
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I used to first hear voices coming from the next room and my name being called every now and then.
 
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Mine start like a hurt in reasoning and force behind my eyes.
 
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