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Quite frankly I have been drunk for most of the last decade, so I don't remember a lot of what went on. My BF tells me that I have been complaining of hearing things for a few years now. My current tdocs are convinced that the only thing that is really wrong with me is PTSD and that all of my other problems stem from that...So whats with the hallucinations and paranoid delusions????? I have done a bunch of web searchs on the two subjects and the only thing I'm finding involves combat vets only.

Does anyone else here have psychotic symptoms with the PTSD dx? is it common..I know so little about it. My last Tdoc was convinced that I was borderline, and naturally all I have are books on BPD and panic attacks.

We don't have any real Psychiatrists here in Idaho, the closest thing is a certified counselor with a nurse practioners certificate one state over, and naturally he is on vacation and then booked solid for the next few weeks ;) sorry to rant.

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Not sure what to tell you...dd has PTSD and hallucinations - she's also bipolar and I'm not sure they've been able to put a label on why there is ongoing hallucinations.

Personally, I think PTSD can be so traumatic that brain chemicals or whatever can change - jmo.

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It's not impossible. What kinds of things are you hearing? Voices? Birds? Can you understand it? Are you sure it's not tinnitus?

If whatever you're hearing doesn't bother you too much and isn't destructive (e.g. voices telling you to kill someone), than you could continue working on the PTSD and see if they decrease as the PTSD improves. Certainly, however, everyone who treats you -- pdoc, therp, whoever -- needs to be aware of what it is that you're 'hearing.'

Fiona

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Either bipolar or (complex) PTSD has caused psychotic symptoms in me on a number occassions including audio hallucinations, perceptual distortions and very inaccurate interpretations of events, imagining events that never happened, general paranoia and lost time.

I don't know what to make of it either but my tdoc and pdoc think that it's part of disassociation disorder (I can't ever spell this). It really sucks big time...and I hate antipsychotics but without them I keep getting episodes with these type of symptoms. It just completely sucks is all I can tell you. The APs help though but boy do I hate them.

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I have psychotic symptoms, but I have bipolar disorder as well as PTSD. I'm not sure the PTSD has ever caused any of my psychotic symptoms, but I am sure that it's made them considerably worse on at least one occasion. Several years ago, I stopped taking my medication and was having a lot of paranoia and delusional thinking along with my mood swings, but it started getting really out of control when a guy who had raped me got a part-time job on my university campus and then I had to walk past him every single day. The psychotic symptoms got much worse then. I started having auditory hallucinations, external voices that weren't really there but that I heard pretty much constantly for several weeks. I freaked out pretty badly during all this. So I think my PTSD definitely exacerbated my psychotic symptoms.

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Hiya-

I have BP1/PSYCHOTIC FEATURES and PTSD. So I'm one of those you asked to talk to.

I've done research on them both, and my doctors seem to think that the PTSD is actually on the Dissociation Spectrum and my psychosis, which always takes me back like a horrible hallucination to the moment of abuse (and sometimes makes me see things that aren't there) is a form of dissociation, if that makes sense.

Look up some stuff about the Dissociation Spectrum and you can find more at this site:

http://www.survivors-treehouse.net/Dissoci...20Spectrum.html

My PTSD falls into Dissociation. Yours very well may too.

Lots of love,

loon

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Thank you guys for the responses. My two tdocs and my pdoc are refering me to a specialist. Unfortunately he is the only one in the area and it will be a few weeks before he can see me. I'm waiting for a call back from him still.

My doctor is thinking that they may be alcohol withdrawals, but I was hearing things while I was still drinking. I either hear really faint music or voices and whispering voices. When ever I go out in a public place with other people around, I hear them whispering, or at least that is what it seems like to me even if it's not really happening , I HEAR it and it seems very real to me. Usually I can't hear what they are saying but I feel like they are talking about me. Last night it was a mans voice calling my name in a loud whisper. I was really upset by this, because there was no one there, but the voice followed me until I knocked myself out with Seroquel. I feel really lame calling a crisis line, I'm not being harmed, just startled and upset. I also "remember" events that have never happened and feel like people are going behind my back and not believing me. Life is just weird right now. As I've said in other posts, a cockroach can fart in the next county and my three dogs will bark their fool heads off, so I "Know" that the sounds aren't real. But I'm still hearing them...sorry for ranting

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