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This is something I've been wondering about. I came into new tdoc's office with the diagnosis of BPII. During the second appt, he made a comment that he wasn't sure if he agreed or disagreed with the bipolar spectrum. At the time, I thought he meant he wasn't quite sure about bipolarism. He did have the results of the MMPI2, although we didn't discuss much of it. At the latest appt (my 3rd), at the very end we were discussing my first hospitalization, and I mentioned the months of heavy bizarre dreams I had... many of which I had *before* meds were introduced. He whipped open my file and started scribbling like mad. And in the test, I did say that I did have a vision a few years ago, something I believe strongly about. Wasn't a dream, I know that. Can't explain further, really.

I guess my question is, in your experience, where is the line between dreams, visions and hallucinations? I'm now on Risperdal, which I had thought was for the OCD and general fogginess of thought, and maybe being in a mixed state. He doesn't like labels, so he really does not go into that. But now, a week later, I wondered if it's also for psychosis? Yes, it's really taken me a week to put 2+2 together. And it's worked wonders, I feel so much better and calmer.

Curiosity, I suppose. One dx or another doesn't make a difference, only that we can get the right cocktail, correct?

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I guess I'd have to agree with Her Tommy.

I know I've had dreams and visions and can tell them apart based on a *feeling*. I can't explain much better than that. ;)

I do have a problem though with my dreams being too "normal" in otherwords everyday stuff that I do...so it gets to the point that I don't know if somethings were a dream or a memory. Bad news there.

Well I'm starting to ramble so I'll shut up now.

Ameth

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I'm gonna stay clinical.  I cannot account for what meaning people attribute to things.

Dreams are what happen when sleeping.  That includes the time on either side of firm sleep when many people think that they aren't really asleep.  The mind starts to freewheel when falling asleep and can go many places. Sleep specialists & Pdocs give a lot of leeway before attributing anything at night to hallucinations.

Otherwise, if you see, hear, smell something that isn't real while awake, it is a hallucination.   

As far as visions, if no one else experiences the same thing how can you show that it was real. 

A.M.

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I do have a problem though with my dreams being too "normal" in otherwords everyday stuff that I do...so it gets to the point that I don't know if somethings were a dream or a memory. Bad news there.

Well I'm starting to ramble so I'll shut up now.

Ameth

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OMG, I have that too!  The other day I was telling my husband about taking my son to Target and when we got there, there was a power outage and we had to wait to get in the store.  Then I stopped because I couldn't remember what happened next and then I realized IT WAS A DREAM and didn't really happen at all!  Now that kind of freaked me out!

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Thank you for your replies. Mostly all sound simple and cut & dried. Maybe that's what I need to hear?

AM: Your answer, however, confused me. If I believe it was real, but there's no tangible proof and no one else experienced it, how could I show that it was real?

It's fine, no need for further conversation. Just something that had been on my mind at that point in time.

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I do have a problem though with my dreams being too "normal" in otherwords everyday stuff that I do...so it gets to the point that I don't know if somethings were a dream or a memory. Bad news there.

Well I'm starting to ramble so I'll shut up now.

Ameth

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OMG, I have that too!

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