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Do other people's arguments trigger your hallucinations?

When people argue with each other in adjacent apartments, houses, or in public, does this make your hallucinations worse? I think my subconscious mind feels the environment is becoming more dangerous when verbal fights start, even though, logically, I know that it’s just a lover’s quarrel or a mom yelling at her kids… No big deal, right? The voices in my head still kick up a paranoid fuss, like sand at the bottom of a pond being disturbed. It takes forever for the sand to settle. I can’t seem to convince my brain that we’re safe.

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I guess the lack of responses means “no”? :thinking:

I think your theory sounds right. Your subconscious probably thinks there’s a safety issue and stresses you out maybe.

Stress exasperates all symptoms from what I can see.

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Not for me, but everyone is different. I never had triggers for my psychosis. My hallucinations seemed to happen at random times. At home, in the car, at school, etc… I couldn’t predict when they would happen and I had no way to prevent them until I was put on meds.

I’ve never been one to be “triggered” by stuff going on around me, Maybe the closest I have experienced to that was back when I had really bad anxiety issues I would have anxiety attacks when I had to do certain activities, like go to work or school or even parties. I became agoraphobic for a few years, but that was a long time ago.

Sorry to hear that. It must be hard to deal with the randomness. I think some of mine where random. Mostly triggered stuff. Anxiety is a horrible thing.

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Yes they can.

I don’t handle certain conflict well, can’t stand hearing people yell at each other.

I think it’s the stress.

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It caused me a lot of stress because I never knew when it was coming. If I had had triggers at least I could learn what to try and avoid.

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Nice analogy Cloudy!
I don’t have this issue though, but then again I don’t have voices either.

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Only if they’re pro-hallucinations.

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Yeah, any stress can cause them to trigger.

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No but I get mad.

I mean in our house not others.

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That kind of thing puts me into an immediate panic reaction. Leftover trauma from childhood, metastasized down so deep it seems it’s never coming out.

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I spent a lot of time alone most of the arguments I had were my own audio hallucinations. People arguing, confrontation, all that stuff shuts me down pretty hard. I never was able to handle it. I remember one specific time ,as after meds for me at least I have a hard time remembering all the details after all this time, BUT there was arguing in my house going on badly and could hear it outside cause they were yelling and it didn’t stop me from what I was going thru but rather involved their argument into my psychosis where I started yelling about that on top of everything else.

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Welcome to the forum @Tom86 !

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welcome to the forum @Tom86

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I personally feel much Sz-type is brain fatigue of our worlds traumatic environments. In many ways…

My worst reaction is if i see particular abuse on a tv screen or if its talked about too much for me… i get dizzy… I start hearing & seeing stuff… maybe feel like puking or passing out…

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No but people insisting upon arguing with me often triggers my migraines.

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