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Rider52

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Over the past few months I haven't been feeling myself. It's stressful trying to figure something out when you aren't feeling well. I've had several medical tests and I'm physically healthy. I've even posted on here for support as well.

I'm concerned that I may have something more serious going on. I'm always struggling with a cycle of feeling anxious and a depressed mood. I thought may it was just stress, but it's sticking around. My PCP gave me a prescription for anxiety and it has helped some. I just don't feel myself still though.

I still carry on with my daily routine, but sometimes it's a struggle. I sleep descent for a few hours of the night. The last part of my sleep is restless. This is also when I hear a voice or sounds falling asleep. Some suggested hypnogogic hallucinations. Sometimes I can see scenes with my eyes closed falling asleep. I don't have hallucinations at all throughout the day. My concentration can be good most parts of the day. Occasionally I'll have trouble concentrating at times though. I still have good insight of what's going on. I don't have delusions or paranoia.

I've taken online assessments for schizophrenia or other similar disorders. My test results don't usually fall within the range that I have a serious illness. I read that it usually is a 1% percent chance of developing schizophrenia and it usually starts in young adulthood. I'm almost 40 years old and don't have a past of any psychatric illness, family history of it, or any past drug use.

I'm not sure if these are signs of a serious mental illness developing or not. I figured I'd ask for some advice on here. If things don't improve I may have to go for some professional help.
 
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Hi Rider,

I replied to your other thread I think too?

I have a history of psychosis and have had just a couple of hypnopompic hallucinations, so waking rather than sleeping, and still images.

I had no hallucinations when I was psychotic.

The sleep hallucinations caused me some panic to be honest as I was worried they were related to my psychosis.

The locum psychiatrist when I first had one told me what it was, that sleep hallucinations are very very common - especially your type, noises while falling asleep - and while waking hallucinations are a bit less common it's nothing to do with psychosis but could potentially show like a sleep problem.

Then I had another one, and the new psychiatrist said the same thing, it's not associated with psychosis or schizophrenia, it can at worst be a sign of a sleep problem.

Have you put on weight recently? I read a news article about tongue fat causing sleep aponea today, it's on the BBC. I have put on at least two stone because of the medication I was on and eating like a gannet, which has caused me to snore badly so I'm in the process of losing weight now I'm off meds. I am pretty sure that's what's causing them.

I would recommend you get a psychiatrist referral to set your mind at ease. I know it doesn't always help much when a stranger with no credentials tries to reassure you that its not serious. I am sure they will tell you the same thing.
 
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Hi Worriedyin,

Thanks for the reply and you did before. I've been struggling lately and under severe stress. I had the hallucinations when I was falling back asleep again this morning. I think I just need to calm myself down and quit thinking of the worst case scenario. I actually lost some weight a few months ago. Right now I am back to my normal size again though. I had an assessment at a psychiatric center and explained everything. I wasn't having the hallucinations then though. They just recommended counseling and go to my PCP for medication.
 
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Hi Worriedyin,

Thanks for the reply and you did before. I've been struggling lately and under severe stress. I had the hallucinations when I was falling back asleep again this morning. I think I just need to calm myself down and quit thinking of the worst case scenario. I actually lost some weight a few months ago. Right now I am back to my normal size again though. I had an assessment at a psychiatric center and explained everything. I wasn't having the hallucinations then though. They just recommended counseling and go to my PCP for medication.
It's good that you know you're under stress, it's amazing the symptoms that stress can cause.

A lot of medications used for anxiety can increase dreaming / or at least the memory of dreaming so treating your MH might not get rid of them straight away.

I think I am just more prone to vivid dreams than most people and in some way I feel the hypnopompic hallucinations are related to that. Everyone is different.
 
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