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Voices or Sounds While Falling Asleep

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I've been trying to figure myself out and have been stressed lately. I've had an anxious and depressed like mood for about 4 months now. I'm still able to function normally, but I just don't feel like my old self. I get periods of anxiety, a depressed mood, intrusive thoughts, and occasionally sounds like a voice or random sound while falling asleep. I'm able to sleep well except for getting up a couple times a night. I still eat well and take care of myself. I keep myself busy with hobbies and such, which helps. I'm just tired of not feeling myself and concerned it could be something more serious.
I've had medical tests run and everything was normal. A few months ago I had a psychological assessment done and they recommended counseling. My PCP gave me anti anxiety meds to help. I just can't stop thinking about my current situation and feelings though.
 
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Exploding Head Syndrome?
 
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What causes exploding head syndrome?
Exploding head syndrome (EHS) is a condition in which a person experiences unreal noises that are loud and of short duration when falling asleep or waking up. The noise may be frightening, typically occurs only occasionally, and is not a serious health concern. ... It is classified as a sleep disorder or headache disorder.
 
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Hi, I think these are called hypnagogic hallucinations - they're not associated with mental illness as far as I understand it and are to do with sleep disorders.

Is it bothering you?
 
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Sometimes it bothers me and has me worried. I'm just not used to something like that. I dont hear voices at all during the day. Just falling asleep like I mentioned.
 
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That's good that you dont hear voices during the day , nobody wants that. It happened a few times when I was young. (Hearing sounds right before I fell asleep)
 
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my voices are always there, but they almost take control of all my senses just before sleeping...one scary thing i remember about the voices, is one time a female voice telling me her name. how does a voice do that? 'Jasned'. google it you wont find much...
 
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I heard that during that in between wake and sleep state we can have psychic moments.. and yes psychic not psycho lol. If heating voices doesn’t happen all the time, could spiritual house guests be a possibility? I’ve lived in two haunted houses growing up so I know it’s real. I lived in a house for 7 years and felt someone shake the bottom of my bed as I was falling asleep and say “are we going yet?” Things move around the house and banging doors. Only to find out the day I was moving the guy That lived there before me committed suicide. Could be a legit spirit in the house.
 
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I think also Ed above mentioned EHS. He’s right about that too. That phenomenon is real and does happen, although it’s somewhat rare.
 
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Actually dreaming is considered a psychotic state, the main difference is that we wake up and shake off eventually the bad feelings.
 
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Actually dreaming is considered a psychotic state, the main difference is that we wake up and shake off eventually the bad feelings.
Hmm, I googled this and didn't find anything.

It's a pretty unusual thing to say.

I know from asking my psychiatrist(s) that you can basically disregard dreams / nightmares as they don't have much clinical significance, and sleep hallucinations are considered unrelated to psychosis.
 
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The first link on google:

The idea is that in dreaming there is a disconnection from reality, that is the main definition of psychosis.
 
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The first link on google:

The idea is that in dreaming there is a disconnection from reality, that is the main definition of psychosis.
That's an opinion piece in a blog, and none of the source texts say that dreaming is a psychotic state.

Saying psychosis is a dream like state is something different to saying dreaming is a psychotic state.
 
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Yes, you are right, from the perspective of the disconnection from reality dreaming is like a psychotic state. I made a poor choice of wording.
Is of course an opinion, but it's not just a blog, it's from a researcher in neuroscience with references from other researchers. And there are other references you can find on google as well, the point is to think about how the mind can dwell in states like this and how it affects us.
Dreams have a lot of significance when trying to solve underlying psychological issues related to mental illness.
 
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