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Thu Oct 6, 2016, 10:55 AM

hallucinations are a symptom of bipolar disorder yeah?

The other night, I felt as if I were a popsicle stick pressing against my teeth.

I could feel the pressure, though I was the stick itself.

This happened while walking on my front porch last night.

What the hell lol

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Reply hallucinations are a symptom of bipolar disorder yeah? (Original post)
retrowire Oct 2016 OP
irisblue Oct 2016 #1
retrowire Oct 2016 #2
irisblue Oct 2016 #5
retrowire Oct 2016 #8
Tobin S. Oct 2016 #3
retrowire Oct 2016 #4
Tobin S. Oct 2016 #6
retrowire Oct 2016 #7
FigTree Oct 2016 #10
FigTree Oct 2016 #9
Tobin S. Oct 2016 #11
FigTree Oct 2016 #12
Tobin S. Oct 2016 #13

Response to retrowire (Original post)

Thu Oct 6, 2016, 01:20 PM

1. has this happened before?

And when was the last time you & your mental health provider talked? with love irisblue

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Response to irisblue (Reply #1)

Thu Oct 6, 2016, 01:24 PM

2. back when I didnt know I had bipolar disorder

I would have rare grand hallucinations about how the world was opening up and I was being taken to my death. I'd feel immense senses of dread.

Nowadays, I'm medicated. But I just went 3 days without meds and well, symptoms started arising.

I got my meds back again though so... I'm leveling out. I'm having a good day today I think.

And I haven't talked to my doctor since he first prescribed me the meds half a year ago.

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Response to retrowire (Reply #2)

Thu Oct 6, 2016, 01:33 PM

5. check your PM

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Response to irisblue (Reply #5)

Thu Oct 6, 2016, 01:42 PM

8. wow thanks!

I can't wait to use this best buy gift card you PM'd me!

lol jk. But thank you for your words.

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Response to retrowire (Original post)

Thu Oct 6, 2016, 01:27 PM

3. They can be, but not everyone with the illness has them.

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Response to Tobin S. (Reply #3)

Thu Oct 6, 2016, 01:28 PM

4. ah great. lol

I wonder how far mine will go. And how far it went for my late father.

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Response to retrowire (Reply #4)

Thu Oct 6, 2016, 01:37 PM

6. I have a bipolar disorder and I suffered from hallucinations.

A few of them were visual, but most of them were auditory. I later came to realize that the voices I was hearing were actually my own thoughts that had gotten dissociated somehow and given life in the illusion that they were in my ear. It was actually all in my head. So are other hallucinations. They are a product of your own psyche.

So when you are having these hallucinations, if they return, it might be helpful to remember that it is some part of you that is creating them. The hallucinations and your reaction to them are much more manageable if you have that understanding. Where people run into a lot of trouble is by thinking that these events are somehow external to themselves.

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Response to Tobin S. (Reply #6)

Thu Oct 6, 2016, 01:40 PM

7. heres the interesting thing

I am aware that the hallucinations are my mind going awry. Sometimes they have been intense to the point that, it's no matter, I'll still feel a sense of dread.

BUT.

Regarding disassociation, I have felt that in regards to my physical body. Like I'm just a passenger in a seat watching my body pilot itself throughout the day. Weird stuff!

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Response to retrowire (Reply #7)

Tue Oct 18, 2016, 03:31 PM

10. Text-book dissociation.

Often develops in the wake of trauma. A thing to keep in mind because traumas can be addressed.

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Response to Tobin S. (Reply #6)

Tue Oct 18, 2016, 03:29 PM

9. The fact that you recognized them as external

indicates they are not "bona fide" hallucinations. Hallucinations feel as real as a dream can feel. And one is as helpless with these as a dreamer is about the dream.

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Response to FigTree (Reply #9)

Wed Oct 19, 2016, 05:14 AM

11. That's the way I saw it before an anti-psychotic hit my brain.

Maybe I wasn't clear in my post.

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Response to Tobin S. (Reply #11)

Wed Oct 19, 2016, 02:57 PM

12. So you mean that after you started taking medications

you began to experience hallucinations as from within? If that's the case, then, good for you, that does give you a handle on things.
Although I have no research findings to back that up, my clinical experience is that bipolar hallucinations are different from schizophrenic hallucinations. I believe they are mostly an expression of the manic reaction to the depressive pull. That would make them a little less severe than schizophrenic ones, more "workable".

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Response to FigTree (Reply #12)

Wed Oct 19, 2016, 04:12 PM

13. Yes, it was the realization that they were from within.

I no longer have hallucinations. The medication really works well for me.

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