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Question Is this a form of hallucinations? - February 13th 2013, 12:44 AM

Ok, so here's what happens.

I turn into people that I want to be. People that I have never seen or met before. I usually do this when I'm alone. But when I do something in real life, I do it as another person, like listening to music or watching a video, I'm a different person in my mind.

I know that I'm not those people but it keeps happening everyday when I'm alone in my room. I can see them in my head, they're not in the room with mee. But I still see them and I also make up their names and voices and have conversations with other people.

I know this is not normal and it has to be something wrong going on with mee.
This also gets in the way of my life, I never can be mee, I'm always someone else and when I am mee, I hate myself.

Please help mee because I'm confused and need to know what's going on with mee. I have a psychologist and I have also been in the mental hospital, but no one will diagnose mee with anything. So if you have any information, please contact mee, thank you!!
   
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Re: Is this a form of hallucinations? - February 21st 2013, 09:12 PM

Hello, Shay-Lynn! I love your name. =)

We aren't professionals; therefore, we can't diagnose you. Have you asked your psychologist why they won't provide a diagnosis? There are multiple reasons why a psychological professional might not do so. They may want to continue observing you before "labeling" you with a mental illness, such as schizophrenia. What you're describing doesn't exactly sound like a psychotic disorder - and it may not even qualify as a dissociative disorder. What it COULD be is an "escape" from reality. You said that you hate yourself, so it would make sense if you wanted to be anyone OTHER than yourself. Perhaps this exercise of adopting other personas is a way for you to "escape" the real you, the person you don't feel deserves to be loved. If that's the case, then there's no need to label you with schizophrenia, dissociative identity disorder, etc. If that's the case, the key is to work on building up your self-esteem, so that you don't feel the need to be anyone other than yourself.

This is clearly impairing your ability to do everyday things, so I really do suggest you discuss this further with your psychologist. Be as forthcoming with him/her as you have been with us, don't be afraid to ask questions ("Why don't I have a diagnosis?" "What is helping you make that decision?" "What is your treatment plan for me?"), and if all else fails, it may not hurt to get a second opinion from someone who specializes in working with adolescents dealing with these sorts of issues.






   
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