August 12, 2004

Early Hallucinations

I just realized that my first hallucinations occured when I was 11 years old, 3 years before my hallucinations started in full swing. I used to keep on hearing songs that I loved to listen, and to drive those songs out of my mind, I kept on listening to different songs over and over again. It was a constant battle with my ear infections, hearing songs, and trying to fight them away. Coincindentally, my grades also dropped during that year and I had almost failed. My teachers also kept on saying that I'm acting so stressed as if the world rests on my shoulders. That year onwards, I still had the residual type symptoms of psychosis where I couldn't concentrate in my studies and would sit for hours with the same page of the book open in front of me. Different thoughts fleeting away were always there, and it was only through my determined efforts that my grades went up, staying stagnant just before the full blown psychosis that occured when I was fourteen.

Hallucinations can occur a couple of years before full schizophrenia sets in. There might be hallucinations, delusions or both. The initial impact can be quite disturbing and scary for the person going through it. Though the hallucinations may die out with time, occuring as a temporary psychosis, they may take the form of full blown psychosis and schizophrenia later on. Psychosis implies only hallicinations and delusions, whereas schizophrenia includes all the symptoms ranging from psychosis to cognitive disability to akinesia.

I believe that along with physical examinations, there should be mental health examination in school for kids. It would not only help in getting hold of mental illnesses earlier on, but it would also help prevent a full blown outcome of the disease.

Posted by puzli at August 12, 2004 05:57 PM | TrackBack


Yes I also believe that early intervention helps so much. Such a module (for identification of symptoms leading to early intervention) for the teachers of the Kendriya Vidyalayas (Central Schools) on the WHO guidelines, has been put up for approval to the government. I pray and hope that it will soon be implemented.
My prayers and love are with you.

Posted by: survivor at August 12, 2004 07:15 PM

Yeap Puzli, I also totally agree that it shouldbe done. as I have come across lot of people who wantto know about sz and treatment. they have it for last 5-12 years of history. they have spent couple of years struggling with it. when they loose everything, then they approach to p-doc.

Posted by: nick at August 14, 2004 05:11 PM

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