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Re: Hallucinating, Dissociating? - HELP!

Posted by Elizabeth on July 27, 2001, at 20:58:19

In reply to Hallucinating, Dissociating? - HELP!, posted by Katt on July 26, 2001, at 14:12:28

> I am female, 25 yo, under psychiatric care for several years. My current medications are Ativan during the day and Xanax and Sonata at bedtime for several diagnoses including BPD, depression, anxiety, and anorexia.

FWIW: some doctors feel that Xanax is contraindicated in people with BPD (apparently, I think, because it can cause problematic disinhibition in this population), and some try to avoid benzodiazepines altogether. Does the Xanax help with the dissociative symptoms?

> I have on two occasions, seen what I thought were bugs on the wall and on my shower curtain. They seem to shimmer or sparkle or flash in many colors before my eyes and during the time, I believe that they are real.

That goes beyond hallucination into the realm of delusion. Can you identify any sort of trigger that seemed to bring on these episodes?

> Am I hallucinating or is this simply dissociation or an occurence of stress? Is this an indication of psychosis?

Many people labelled "borderline" have brief psychosis-like episodes. I would think about seeing a neurologist, though (see Zo's post).





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