Is hypnagogic hallucinations normal or me turning schizophrenic?

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Hi, so I have this hallucinations or voices when I am about to fall asleep or practically asleep, they are kinda of dreams, sometimes I hear voices or see colored shapes or as if I am in a situation with someone, hearing my mom's voice, sister, brother, sometimes someone shouting but they don't happen when I am awake, they happen in the state between sleep and wakefulness but I have them every night, I think I have had them my whole life but I have never paid attention to them, sometimes I get confused when I wake up from dreams, there was this dream where I was telling my aunt about a movie I have watched and then the movie started to play in the dream when I woke up I was confused ' did I really watch this movie? ' I know I didn't, it was just a dream but why be confused about dreams, I have also experienced extential OCD and suffered from very strange OCD thoughts, crazy thoughts but I didn't believe them but I was discussing with them, telling them that they are not real but they were very crazy and when I think about it, I get scared of what if they were the symptoms of schizophrenia or other serious mental illness but I think they were because I was in the middle of my OCD anxiety, I am afraid because my mental health issues are increasing over the years, it started with hypochondria, now it became OCD. What if in the end I turn into schizophrenic, I have no family history of schizophrenia what so ever, can my anxiety turn schizophrenia, this thing started when my OCD started, sometimes I remember telling something to someone or doing something but it's not real, like I know I didn't do this thing but I still get confused, those things happen in my dreams and hypnagogic hallucinations but why get confused about them, what if I get crazy and confuse reality with dreams, can someone please help, I am terrified!!

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Anyone?

26 May 2016 - 21:31

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If you are over the age of 25 it is unlikely to be schizo disorder.  Stop looking for reassurance it will make it worse. 

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Hi, I am not over 25 yet, that's Reassuring, lol!

1 June 2016 - 15:44

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Dumps: It's just asking a reasonable question, don't rush to start telling her off.  I know you're nervous having had trouble with reassurance seeking yourself, but this isn't it.  Where it becomes reassurance seeking and a compulsion is when you ask again after you've already found out the answer, just because you want to hear it again for encouragement.  Asking once is, well, just normal asking for information - it COULD have been a bad sign, for all Thaliana knew; turns out it wasn't.

Thaliana (pretty username): no, anxiety doesn't "turn into" schizophrenia.  I can see how that might seem to make sense if you don't know much about it, since they're both mental illnesses - "I'm already kind of mad, might I be going to go more mad?" - but it turns out that they just don't seem to be related.  Hypochondria and OCD are pretty closely related, they're both irrational anxieties (where you know you're being irrational, or at least know you might be, but you can't stop worrying anyway), so it's not surprising that they often turn into each other.  I'm not sure that hypochondria is even an official diagnosis any more, I think it's classified as a type of OCD now.  But schizophrenia and OCD don't seem to be related or ever turn into each other, no different from how, for instance, if you had arthritis you wouldn't expect it to develop into cancer.

9 October 2016 - 3:17

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dont seek reassurance man i did and now im constantly thinking im either schizo or bipolar man im obsessed with these mental illnesses. ocd has the power to make you have paranoid thoughts such as "what if cameras are watching me in my room" "what if the cops are on to me" "what if im being poisoned" "what if someones following me" "what if people are laughing and talking about me" now ocd and anxiety and panic attack can make you have thoughts where you clise your eyes yet you are half asleep and half awake and hear the voices of your own self conciounce and that is normal you are ok. dont go looking up symptoms please if you do feel free to message me. i been there and heck im still there barely at 6 weeks of ERP therapy.

9 October 2016 - 8:47

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This is normal. Nobody here will become schizophrenic I don't think we have to worry about it, we already have a disorder and it's OCD. I also deal with it and is just because of our anxiety level who is very high (I think. But I know for sure the 'voices' we hear I nothing like schizophrenia) I talked about it in a room with a psychologist and she told me I had nothing to worry about it. If you know the voice is not real, you know it is from a man or a woman, or even a animal, and you hear it in your ear you are fine. This is just our mind and what we have is a vivid conscience.

Anyway don't search for it or try to reassure, now when I have a OCD problem I speak in my group therapy and this time I was really worried about it and talked with this girl who is a psychologist, it was way better than search in Google, or if you want to search in a safe place try this forum I know others have the same problem and someone probably already did a thread about it here. Google is not good for OCD, you can download books about OCD or buy it, is what will help you understand better the disorder.

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I get the same symptoms you do in regards to when your falling asleep. And the dreams and what not. From what i remember reading its actually quite common and usually is a symptom of having alot of stress. When i go to bed and start getting sleepy and drowsy i can hear whispers. My name, other peoples names, sometimes someone saying hey or yelling. I also have vivid dreams where ive woken up confused for a few minutes on whether it really happened.
You can rest assured you are not developing schizophrenia. I care for my older brother who has schizophrenia so ive seen first hand what it does. You would be having delusions such as believing someone is after you, someones poisoned your food, animals are talking to you, or that a relative is trying to kill you. As for the voices you would hear them when your awake also. And it would sound as if someone was standing in front of you talking to you. The fact that your unsure if you have schizophrenia or not shows its your OCD because your in doubt. And after all, OCD is sometimes refered to the "Doubting Disease". Hope this helps.

3 December 2019 - 13:22

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Hi Thaliana, I don't log in very often now, and I see that your question was a long time ago. I don't know if you ever got an answer to your question, but the phenomena you are describing is very likely to be Hypnagogia.

3 December 2019 - 19:02

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This is a real thing that happens when people are about to fall alseep, it doesn’t happen to everyone, it doesn’t necessarily mean your schizo

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