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Do people with Asperger's Hear Voices?
Posted on Tuesday, December 18 @ 14:21:57 EST by
Social Skills Dear Aspie:
Do people with Asperger's who don't have schizophrenia hear things that aren't there? Like thoughts in your head that never go away? What is it called and what can you tell me about it?
-Tempy

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Dear Tempy:
I could be wrong, but it doesn't sound to me like schizophrenia. Only a professional (like a psychiatrist) can tell you for sure. If you think you're hearing things, and if it's really bothering you, I'd go see someone really soon, however, hearing voices can also be the result of taking certain classes of drugs (high doses of cocaine, amphetamine, or other stimulant) or a symptom of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

It's worth noting that stimulants are used to treat depression and AS symptoms, and if this applies to you, you should see your doctor and make him or her aware of the fact that you're hearing things. Sure, hearing voices can be a sign of something serious, but there are all sorts of things you have to rule out first, and that can only be done by a psychiatrist.

Everyone has thoughts that seem to go around and around in their heads. There are supposed to be all kinds of tricks for getting them out. I've never found that any of them work for the thoughts that go around and around in my mind. You're not alone, and it's nothing to worry about. Some people can't get a song out of their heads.

I am not trying to make a diagnosis here, and again, if it's really bothering you, or if the voices are telling you to hurt yourself or other people, or that you can do something very dangerous that no human can do....like flying under your own power....then you should probably see someone right away.

- BeenThereDoneThat



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Re: Do people with Asperger's Hear Voices? (Score: 1)
by autism_diva Thursday, December 20 @ 03:46:23 EST
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I think tinintus is very common in ASDs, it's associated with hyperacusis. Tinnitus is usually thought of as "ringing in your ears" but according to a tinnitus website the sound can be like a distant crowd of people talking. When I have heard ASD people say, "I hear voices." I have asked them (the two who I have met who said this), "what do you mean you hear voices?" Are they saying something specific? Can you hear what they are saying or is it like a distant crowd of voices. In both cases these young men told me that it was the latter. They couldn't hear any words, specifically, but they were "voices" nonetheless. No one bothered to ask them for details apparently, because one had been on meds for psychosis, which in my opinion was a bad diagnosis, since the guy was obviously on the spectrum. If he was psychotic he would have been able to say what the voices were saying, or at least say something like "the voices tell me I am bad" or "the voices tell me who they are...." It is possible to have an ASD plus a psychosis (schizophrenia for instance) but it's not common. So, if I was Dear Aspie, I would ask Tempie if the voices were actually things Tempie could understand. Another thing is that a kid might say, "i'm hearing voices" to his parents and the parents might freak, but in fact the kid is hearing voices... the parents just don't have the kids sensitive hearing. The kid is listening to the neighbors talking next door and the parents hear nothing. :-)



Re: Do people with Asperger's Hear Voices? (Score: 1)
by Doncostello Wednesday, April 29 @ 21:31:58 EDT
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i hear a voice. singular. it is my friend. i like it :) it makes me feel safe and always at home. i wouldnt give it up for the world.



Re: Do people with Asperger's Hear Voices? (Score: 1)
by scs Friday, October 17 @ 18:10:33 EDT
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I hear voices but they are always from myself (I know if they are real or not) so I don't call it schizophrenia, it's just my own thoughts; different tracks of my mind. You KNOW they are not real, you KNOW they are actually you. Have you ever had a disease in the night and heard things/had hallucinations? That's what I imagine real schizophrenia to be like.



Re: Do people with Asperger's Hear Voices? (Score: 2, Informative)
by alei Wednesday, December 19 @ 09:11:27 EST
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AS is also associated with Echolalia, which can be verbal or internal.



Re: Do people with Asperger's Hear Voices? (Score: 3, Interesting)
by Imperceptus Wednesday, December 19 @ 09:38:03 EST
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Echolalia is the repetition of vocalizations made by another person. Echolalia is present in autism, Tourette syndrome, Rubinstein-Taybi syndrome, developmental disability, schizophrenia and, occasionally, other forms of psychopathology. When done involuntarily, it is considered a tic. I do know that I have experienced this Echolalia thing. Not thinking this is what is being expressed. I am never quite sure If I actually hear voices/sounds that are not connected to other people. Most times its a short word or just the saying of my name. Other times it could be a random sound. One doctor told me it was some kind of pre-morbid schizo something or other. If you aren't hearing anything from the voice a voice or voices that expresses harm then I wouldn't be too worried.I will confirm that these sounds can be vary from creepy to just plain weird.



Re: Do people with Asperger's Hear Voices? (Score: 1)
by echokynthei Saturday, August 23 @ 02:00:07 EDT
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thanks ever so much, this is so eerily timely...which happens a lot with me, my life defines the order contained in "chaos"...see, i'm slowly moving toward getting back into mental health care. don't trust them a lick, but my medical doctors here in michigan where i moved last november are getting tired of what they term "prescribing psych meds without a license." when i point out that sentence is inherently false, someone inevitably points out that my need to be overly precise means my meds must not be working, thus i need to see a psychiatrist. when i point out that there is no medication on earth to treat the base level function of my brain-nor would i accept it-they tell me i need to see a psychiatrist. there may be a kernel of relevance-i'm fairly sure i'm on too many meds. some seem redundant. do i NEED two antiseizure meds, one a migraine-prophylactic and another a mood stabilizer? and do i NEED to be on lithium if i'm on a drug which has a mood stabilizing effect? i KNOW i need the anti-anxiety drug, or i would be sidelined by agoraphobia due to "the world being too much with me", as my NT brother terms my oversensitivity to stimuli. do i even warrant the DX of ocd & schizotypal PD that i have, or are they redundancies stemming from asperger's? simplify, simplify...it just seems incredible that i would possess this pleothera of psych conditions. ptsd, yeah. some sort of mood disorder, yes. asperger's, yes. but this is overkill... leading to why this is so particuarly timely...i know that when i do an intake they'll ask about "voices." sigh. yes. low noises achieve a prominence, and a need to achieve order translates noise to signal through the magic of pareidolia. this leads to paranoia, because the noises translate into my roommates saying things about me. i move a few feet closer to the hallway, and it turns out to be the A/C, or the dryer, or some other such "noise" i can't filter. i find this instructive, because it tells me i'm having trouble with how i believe others see me. it's frustrating, because there's no way to know, because you know if you ask they'll most likely lie. (social lies...gotta love em) i personally do not believe i am psychotic. i think my straining to achieve rapport with NT minds is causing my sensory apparatus to join forces with my anxieties. does this seem accurate? i'd like to know if i should even bother to mention the noise to signal/pareidolia issue to a psychiatrist when i do finally make the intake appointment...they're so apt to jump to the wrong conclusion, and not often amenable to accepting my perceptions and conclusions regarding my own inner workings-i'm not supposed to be able to DO that, remember? the freaky thing is that my cat seems to react to the noises i can't interpret in my bedroom...the monster like sounds, or the child briefly crying out...she even looks in the direction of the noise, and on one occasion has tried to "attack" it. am i experiencing something objectively there, or just somehow freaking out my cat to the degree that she "knows" where the "threat" is coming from?



Re: Do people with Asperger's Hear Voices? (Score: 1)
by QuantumCowboy Sunday, July 06 @ 19:07:35 EDT
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I can comiserate. I beleive that I suffer from both tinnitis and hyperacusis. However, in addition, I often hear sounds that are not present. These are generally rather soft in volume, leading me to have to concentrate to see if they are actually there. The worst part is that the sounds are usually everyday sounds such as a telephone ringing or someone calling my name. Sometimes though, the sounds will be less pleasant such as explosions or screeching metal. There are also certain thoughts that run through my head at random intervals. They are usually rather bizarre, and of a nature that I will not repeat them here. While I am not an expert in these subject, having devoted my attention to more physical sciences, I can tell you that one may live with some level of these symptoms without great detriment. I am not advocating that you do not have your symptoms professionally diagnosed and/or treated. I am merely offering my opinion that this is not the end of the world.



Re: Do people with Asperger's Hear Voices? (Score: 1)
by mrliammm Saturday, May 24 @ 22:06:36 EDT
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I used to have moments when all sound would register as the sound of a heated argument, like my parents shouting at each other, the rustling of paper, shuffling of feet, even my own breath. The only thing which would make it go away was to hear another's voice, even on the radio would work. I would find this very distressing. It was always such a relief when it faded/switched out. My thoughts are most always a conversation. Generally using voices of who I have been around recently. I have been working hard to train myself to have and be able to recognise, my own voice, which can still be quite elusive. I have always copied others speech too. And body language. I used to think I was just unoriginal and a bit rubbish. Even though, outside of social immediacy, I can be an original thinker, I always get baffled by others personalities. I think it was Keats said something about being in a crowded room and feeling all the personalities around him press down upon his own with such presence so that it was as if he was no longer existed.



Re: Do people with Asperger's Hear Voices? (Score: 1)
by janey Sunday, April 06 @ 21:23:56 EDT
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i always have recent events or conversations with people recent or otherwise, lists, random section of text from books i've read, etc sort of in the back of my mind. i've got use to this but every now and again when im concerntrating on an intense solitary activity and am distracted. i can have random thoughts or memories pop up and i become confused. when i recover i seem to have lost the clarity and order of the event or image. so certain things become half remebered, half contrieved. i was just wandering if anyone here has the same or similar experiences.



Re: Do people with Asperger's Hear Voices? (Score: 1)
by Roseduelist Monday, March 24 @ 19:23:50 EDT
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That is most likely a part of echolalia...i used to hear screaming noises that was really some sort of appliance



Re: Do people with Asperger's Hear Voices? (Score: 1)
by preludeman Saturday, March 01 @ 22:14:44 EST
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I do not have this problem,yet I do talk to myself and have tried to brake that habit.



Re: Do people with Asperger's Hear Voices? (Score: 1)
by Glasskitten Friday, February 01 @ 20:24:24 EST
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This sounds slightly familiar to me in two different ways: For one thing, I have occasionally had auditory hallucinations while drifting off to sleep, mostly like a group of people speaking to one another in a different language (which got so loud as to wake me up), but I did once get very creeped out that a specific voice called out to me one night and then greeted me mockingly the next time I had sleep paralysis. O_O I am told that hallucinating when one is very close to actual sleep is not too uncommon among the general populace. The second way the "voices" theme seems familiar is that my mind operates via quite vivid sensory information (i.e. Thinking In Pictures with a Voiceover and Colored Subtitles). I can "hear" my own inner monologue almost as vividly as if it were a real voice, yet it remains distinct from external sounds just as my mind's eye and the things in front of me remain distinct. Also having traces of obsessive-compulsiveness, the narration sometimes goes on involuntary, repetitive tangents when I am doing certain activities. This never really bothered me, except when I come close to accidentally saying it out loud. Is what I just said relevant to the original question in any way? ^^'



Re: Do people with Asperger's Hear Voices? (Score: 1)
by polarity Thursday, January 31 @ 20:10:00 EST
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When I've lost a lot of sleep my brain goes ahead and starts dreaming on it's own, my subconscious mind doing it's own thing while I'm fully awake. The longer I'm awake the more comes through into the conscious side, so I'll start seeing things that aren't there (usually one or two spiders or crawling insects, they don't bother me), and hearing things, like a voice saying a couple of words. I experienced schizophrenia for a couple of months when I had a nervous breakdown a few years ago (triggered by chemical exposure at work which has left me with MCS, although I'd been depressed for a long time too). I'd say the defining characteristic of it is difficulty telling the difference between reality, memories, imagination and fiction. The mind is capable of filling in the gaps to such an extent that things that aren't real become more believable than reality. When I was very young I'd occasionally have a voice in my head screaming at me and telling me I was useless. I'd tell it to shut up and it'd go away, eventually going away completely before puberty although it popped up a couple of times during my breakdown. I think the biggest reason I got over that was because I've developed mindfulness (essentially CBT) to the point where part of my mind watches over what I'm thinking, and takes over before anything might happen that could lead to problems (nothing like before though, I just get badly depressed now). Unfortunately it takes a fair bit of effort to keep doing it, and if I'm stressed it's all to easy to slip into depression. I take stress avoidance seriously because of how badly it can affect my health. I'm unlikely to have a breakdown again, simply because the prospect is so terrifying. No matter how stressed I am I'll U turn if I think what I'm thinking is on that path.



Re: Do people with Asperger's Hear Voices? (Score: 1)
by Dulcibella Sunday, January 27 @ 12:54:21 EST
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Hello Tempy I think I can relate to what you're mentioning when you refer to it as "thoughts in your head that can never go away." They aren't voices but thoughts that one's brain constantly repeats. Many times these thoughts can take a tone of a familiar voice or one's own. But they are not dissociated. The person realizes that these thoughts are being created by oneself. What is this? This is called "obsessive thinking," a common side effect among aspies. One's brain constantly obsesses over a thought, despite not wanting to. It feels almost impossible to halt the thought pattern and change the inner monologue. OCD, fortunately, is treatable through such medicines as Zoloft. As BeenThereDoneThat has stated, avoid amphetamines and stimulants as they often aggravate the obsessive tendencies.



At Night (Score: 1)
by Marq Thursday, January 17 @ 23:46:56 EST
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I sometimes hear voices (and often distinct words) just before I fall asleep. They seem real, but a month after I started hearing them, I realized that they must be in my head.


  • Re: At Night by uno1997sis Thursday, April 03 @ 09:36:29 EDT

Re: Do people with Asperger's Hear Voices? (Score: 1)
by to Wednesday, January 23 @ 11:33:13 EST
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Yep I do. If a fan is running like the AC or car is idling outside my window. I will at first hear it as someone or a group of people whispering. But I can't make out what they are saying. As I strain to listen I realize it is just an industrial noise that my sensitive ears have tried to make sense of but messed up. When taking risperdal it is much worse than with seroquel.



Re: Do people with Asperger's Hear Voices? (Score: 1)
by Aaron_Mason Monday, January 07 @ 09:07:39 EST
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or that you can do something very dangerous that no human can do....like flying under your own power Of course people can fly... all you have to do is throw yourself at the ground and miss. ;) Any voices I hear in my head are usually repetitions of what people have said, or things I've heard or said myself, even things I've thought before. But I run my own voice - or a voice I find comforting - through my head when I'm thinking, or trying to think of something. If I don't I end up voicing my thoughts and people think you're off your tree if you do that.



Re: Do people with Asperger's Hear Voices? (Score: 1)
by Aaron_Mason Monday, January 07 @ 09:08:55 EST
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or that you can do something very dangerous that no human can do....like flying under your own power Of course people can fly... all you have to do is throw yourself at the ground and miss. ;) Any voices I hear in my head are usually repetitions of what people have said, or things I've heard or said myself, even things I've thought before. But I run my own voice - or a voice I find comforting - through my head when I'm thinking, or trying to think of something. If I don't I end up voicing my thoughts and people think you're off your tree if you do that.



Re: Do people with Asperger's Hear Voices? (Score: 1)
by Wilco Tuesday, January 01 @ 11:23:09 EST
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Maybe it's not only hearing voices. Many people with AS (or so I have heard) need an answer. When I am confused, I keep thikning and thinking, imagine the situation. And a discussion starts in my head with me and myself. It could be this, it could be that, why, why not etc etc. You can try to not think about it, somethimes it works, somethimes it doesnt. It's very hard in situations like a broken heart



Re: Do people with Asperger's Hear Voices? (Score: 1)
by girl7000 Wednesday, January 02 @ 07:22:05 EST
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People who have AS, and also issues like OCD and Tourette's can be prone to 'intrusive thoughts'. These are thoughts that you don't want and that can be unpleasant that persistently repeat themselves in your mind - it can be very diffcult to distract yourself from them. It might be worth seeing a medical professional as they could give advice as to what might help, such as medication, therapy, hypnosis (which helped me) etc.



Re: Do people with Asperger's Hear Voices? (Score: 1)
by Benji_million Thursday, January 03 @ 19:41:43 EST
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I think I'm schizophrenic...when I'm home alone, I always seem to be thinking out loud, and I also just all of a sudden think I just heard a human talking...very creepy being me



Re: Do people with Asperger's Hear Voices? (Score: 1)
by Sifr Monday, January 07 @ 05:11:03 EST
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Last year I had a period where I thought I was going crazy. I went to check myself out and they said I was "fairly normal"--granted it was for BP-D. I couldn't go a day without hearing a voice inside me--nothing like "kill yourself" or "hurt others" and more like the voice that entered Abraham's head, a reassuring voice in time of need. The voice first began as thoughts; if I were to describe them, like strings. Eventually they pulled themselves into words and I began to understand what the voice was telling me. Occasionally, I will hear some whisper which would freak me out but I just attribute that to a "heighten" sense of hearing. Sometimes I will even smell some kind of floury scent that I cannot trace.



Re: Do people with Asperger's Hear Voices? (Score: 1)
by marvolutional Friday, December 21 @ 08:58:30 EST
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I only joined this site 2day... but already im finding lots of people that are reporting stuff that is happening to me... alot of people here i can actually relate to... anyway the voices thing... i dont know if its a general AS thing, but ever since i was a child ive had these thoughts i couldnt control... i think it was worse when i was a child, im now 26... and i think its problely why i have mild OCD now, probely as a means to get them out... i dont think they're so much voices, but thoughts, if that makes sense... im also dyslexic and dyspraxic... and i have a history of epilepsy (or an abnormal EEG, i say abnormal EEG because i dont think its ever developed into full epilepsy yet, but my EEG readout was significantly abnormal)... you should ask for an EEG as a higher proportion of Austics have an abnormal EEG, like my self... this may cause uncontrolable thoughts... get a referal from your doctor.



Re: Do people with Asperger's Hear Voices? (Score: 1)
by TiggerrsHusband Saturday, December 22 @ 09:34:20 EST
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My wife hears the undertone of the dishwasher and says it sounds like someone is talking. Often, I will start the dishwasher before I go to bed. When I do, I tell her the dishwasher is on. That way she knows she isn't hearing voices, but the dishwasher.



Re: Do people with Asperger's Hear Voices? (Score: 1)
by chibichibivcc Wednesday, July 15 @ 20:13:27 EDT
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i hear voice... they tell me things... people (doctors) think i'm crazy and don't really pay me much attention cause i don't have schizophrenia. i have five different voices in my head and they have names too.



Re: Do people with Asperger's Hear Voices? (Score: 1)
by zkrake Sunday, March 03 @ 01:16:16 EST
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I have PTSD but I don't hear voices per se, its more like echoing ideas off of one another, if that makes sense to anyone else?



Re: Do people with Asperger's Hear Voices? (Score: 1)
by LordCAG Sunday, September 05 @ 06:43:52 EDT
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I see the madness is live and well, in your minds as well. All I can say is not to fear it, it's purpose is to make you free.



Re: Do people with Asperger's Hear Voices? (Score: 1)
by Joker Sunday, March 20 @ 18:44:03 EDT
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some times I think I hear voices its weird when it happens I will walk into my moms bedroom and ask her what she wanted only to find out that she didnt say anything I think its kinda cool when it happens but it gets annoying at times



Re: Do people with Asperger's Hear Voices? (Score: 1)
by naturalplastic Monday, November 07 @ 11:29:19 EST
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Hearing voices is NOT part of asperger's. Niether aspies, nor nt's are immune to it though. If you hear voices youve got something else besides aspergers wrong upstairs and it needs professional attention. Dont delay getting it. Have a friend who started hearing voices after he slipped and fell and hurt is back and shocked his nervous system. Not much can be done about it, but he has learned to live with it. He doesnt have other schizophrenic symptoms.



Re: Do people with Asperger's Hear Voices? (Score: 1)
by naturalplastic Saturday, August 25 @ 13:58:18 EDT
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Do people with bronchitis hear voices? Some of them do. If they ALSO have schzophrenia. Its a symptom of thier schzophrenia, not of thier bronchitis. Ditto for aspies.



Re: Do people with Asperger's Hear Voices? (Score: 1)
by moniqueH Wednesday, August 29 @ 01:40:03 EDT
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Really? I think its really bothering. Perhaps needs medical attention.


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