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Is this anxiety or am I becoming schizophrenic?

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I'm a 23 year old Male not sure if that info is helpful or not but figured I'd include it. Is this anxiety or am I becoming schizophrenic?
I dont see people or hear voices. But my mind races especially during an anxiety attack, and things seem so unreal at times. I can tell the difference between reality and pretend. There are times where I am talking to myself in my head usually asking my self questions about whether or not I'm schizophrenic or not, and usually that will spark some anxiety. I do sometimes however hear sounds when im just about to fall alseep or just after waking up. It seems to happen before im fully aware that im awake if that makes any sense at all. I guess what worries me the most is that I dont feel much emotion any more, and if i do its so dull i can hardly tell im feeling anything. I dont do any drugs anymore and have been sober for about a year. I quit because smoking and drinking was causing severe anxiety attacks. One such attack kept me awake for 4 days.


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replied October 30th, 2011
Schizophrenia Answer A28068
Hi,
Welcome to the ehealthforum and I am really glad to help you out.

What you are having is auditory hallucinations and when they are occurring just before sleep are called hypnogogic auditory hallucionations. Stress and anxiety which you are currently having are important causes for these hallucinations.

Although medical causes like schizophrenia may also cause these symptoms but in your case it looks like stress induced.However to confirm the diagnosis, it is better to get it evaluated from a psychiatrist.

I sincerely hope that helps. Take care.


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