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fadingstar
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   Posted 2/21/2012 3:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi,

I have been diagnosed with depression since I was 11 (I'm 16 now). I have tried a few different medications and all have caused me to experience mild psychotic symptoms and hallucinations - and would obviously have to come off the medication. I have recently begun to think about things, and remembered having visual hallucinations as a child. I sometimes have them now. As a child, I used to hallucinate that insects were crawling all over me, or that there were letters all over the walls, or that the ceiling was falling down. Now they usually consist of all the objects in the room merging in to one big blur, and I sometimes see complex patters or lights forming. The one that really scared me was when I saw decaying flesh on peoples faces. These hallucinations only last a few minutes and it is always visual hallucinations. They rarely occur, perhaps one every three months or so.

I told my psych that I used to get hallucinations, but not any more as I don't want her to think I'm schizophrenic or something. I guess what my real question here is do the hallucinations have anything to do with the mild psychotic symptoms I get whenever I go on meds? It's stopping me from recovering from depression as I can't take antidepressants. Has anyone else experienced anything like this? Do you think I should tell someone or will they think I'm crazy?

-Tara

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   Posted 2/21/2012 5:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Your hallucinations sound awful to have to deal with. Having them is a sign of a real illness, not that you are "crazy".The sooner you tell your doctor about your them, the sooner she can help you. Will you be seeing her anytime soon?

Take care, and be good to yourself.

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   Posted 2/21/2012 5:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Oh, I never answered your other question about antidepressants .....the good news is that there are meds out there that can treat both your depression and the hallucinations. You just have to be open with your doctor so she can help you find the right one.

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   Posted 2/21/2012 6:18 AM (GMT -6)   
To Abby,

Thank you for your replies. I'm seeing my psych in about a week but I'm not sure whether to mention this to her. I feel like I'm over reacting as they happen very rarely. Do you think its vital to my recovery? I'm not sure what to do...

-Tara

Abby3
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   Posted 2/21/2012 6:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Even if the hallucinations are something that you can live with, I think you should tell your doctor about them. Even if you decide not to go on meds for them, she can keep an eye on how you're doing with them in case they start to occur more often later on. open communication with your doctor is so important, with any illness. She can help you understand what you're experiencing and you can decide from there what to do about it if anything.

It doesn't seem to me like you're over reacting at all. You're just being honest about what's happening to you, and that's a good thing .

:-)

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   Posted 2/21/2012 7:18 AM (GMT -6)   
You could be schitzophrenic, but that can be treated. Do tell the doctor about it, even if you can handle them. Hopefully they cna put you on something to stop them.

Know that we all really care and want to see you get better. If you are schitzophrenic, don't feel bad about it. It is not the end of the world. And can be treated. Don't be embarrassed either. You will get better with help.

It is very important to tell your doc about this.

Hugs, Karen
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fadingstar
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   Posted 2/21/2012 11:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for all the replies,

I have wondered about schizophrenia, but I very very rarely experience hallucinations. I must have only had 5 in my whole entire life that I remember. The reason I am concerned is the most disturbing ones happened yesterday. I don't want to mention it and cause a big stir about it if it was just a one off or whatever. I thought everyone gets hallucinations at some point in their lives?

-tara

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   Posted 2/21/2012 3:08 PM (GMT -6)   
No everybody doesn't have hallucinations. I think it is very important to tell your doctor about, whether you have them often or not. This last one seemed very disturbing. I would seriously talk to the doctor. I am glad that you do know that they are only hallucinations. Some people don't.

Please do share this with your doctor.

Hugs, Karen
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