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This is a discussion on Autism, Asperger's, and Hearing Voices within the Health and Fitness forums, part of the Topics of Interest category; I'm not particularly sure as to whether or not this is the right forum for this, but here I go ...

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    Autism, Asperger's, and Hearing Voices

    I'm not particularly sure as to whether or not this is the right forum for this, but here I go anyway.

    I am fairly well acquainted with a couple of autistic people and am also close to a person with Asperger's. As I've talked with these people, I've really begun to notice a pattern. These particular people I know all hear voices from time to time. Of course, I started doing some research to see if this was indeed a commonality, and it would appear that it actually is. Doctors are really quick to slap these people with the lable of "schizophrenic," but is that really what's going on? Is it really mental illness? I'm not personally convinced. To me, the most likely theory is that their brains are naturally wired and tapped into the spiritual realm.

    I was just curious about a few things.

    1. Does anyone know someone who has experienced this? If yes, do you believe this person is "mentally ill"?

    2. What do you think is the the reason for the link between autism, asperger's, and hearing voices?

    3. Do you have any other thoughts or opinions on this topic?
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    There is a difference between the way people with autism spectrum disorders typically hear voices that aren't there and the way schizophrenics hear voices that aren't there. Schizophrenics tend to simply hear voices with no external cause. On the other hand, people with autism spectrum disorders often have auditory processing disorders. This means they hear things that are there, but they perceive it differently than most people, which can lead to things like mistaking a dog barking in the distance for a voice saying something.
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    1. Does anyone know someone who has experienced this? If yes, do you believe this person is "mentally ill"?
    I have experienced this under extreme conditions (I presume it to be from stress), though have not being diagnosed with either Autism or Asperger's - I have related to quite a few symptoms of Asperger's.
    I have not spoken to a professional about this as it does not occur enough to affect my day-to-day living.

    2. What do you think is the the reason for the link between autism, asperger's, and hearing voices?
    I don't have an answer for this, I am afraid.

    3. Do you have any other thoughts or opinions on this topic?
    I have two friends with Asperger's and both have not mentioned hearing voices before.

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    As a person who has been diagnosed with Asperger's and who does occasionally 'hear voices', I would say that @Who's explanation is spot-on, at least as far as I know. The voices a Schizophrenic person hears are auditory hallucinations with no external source, while the voices a person with Autism hears are due to their brain's issues with auditory processing. A dog barking will sound like a voice speaking, laughter will sound like crying, etc.
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    Interesting thread. My husband has Asperger's and he's mentioned a number of times that he heard voices when he was younger. I believe most the instances he was talking about were while he was reading particularly intense novels that strongly tapped his emotions. Though he has also expressed trouble differentiating sounds as a few other posters have mentioned.
    I cant offer any additional thoughts on causality or on the link between the two, but I certainly wouldnt consider my husband schizophrenic.
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    1. Does anyone know someone who has experienced this? If yes, do you believe this person is "mentally ill"?
    Yes, I have/am aspergers-y. No. I am not ill. I question it all the time though.. Who knows. Probably not.

    2. What do you think is the the reason for the link between autism, asperger's, and hearing voices?
    People on the autism spectrum disorder are known for things like photographic memory, I think that the hearing things is probably the same type of thing. I sometimes hear my name in my head in a way that is not similar to what it's like when I think it. I don't think it's schizophrenia, I think it's a clear-as-a-bell memory.

    3. Do you have any other thoughts or opinions on this topic?
    Hm. Well things like this, anything about abnormal psychology, makes me think about indigo and rainbow children. The idea of people being labled as mentally ill, perhaps being a misunderstanding by science and psychology as something in the realm of esp... I've looked into it a fair amount... A lot of the traits between indigo/rainbow/etc children are similar/the same as people with mental illnesses like autism and aspergers and bpd and schizophrenia. I can't say I know anything concrete about it, to me it's all speculation, and not something I can easily ignore, hence my continued interest on the subject.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Who View Post
    they hear things that are there, but they perceive it differently than most people, which can lead to things like mistaking a dog barking in the distance for a voice saying something.
    this happened to me the other day. I was walking down the street with my bicycle, and someone shouted something that sounded like "Get a job." at the time i didn't have a job, and felt depressed about it.. I didnt recognize the car, so the person driving probably didnt know that i dont have one. i have no idea what they said. but at the time i was convinced that that was what they said, and it wasnt until recently that i decided that probably wasnt what they said.

    on that note, does this sound like a mental disorder?
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    Quote Originally Posted by thankxxyou View Post
    1. Does anyone know someone who has experienced this? If yes, do you believe this person is "mentally ill"?
    Yes, I have/am aspergers-y. No. I am not ill. I question it all the time though.. Who knows. Probably not.

    2. What do you think is the the reason for the link between autism, asperger's, and hearing voices?
    People on the autism spectrum disorder are known for things like photographic memory, I think that the hearing things is probably the same type of thing. I sometimes hear my name in my head in a way that is not similar to what it's like when I think it. I don't think it's schizophrenia, I think it's a clear-as-a-bell memory.

    3. Do you have any other thoughts or opinions on this topic?
    Hm. Well things like this, anything about abnormal psychology, makes me think about indigo and rainbow children. The idea of people being labled as mentally ill, perhaps being a misunderstanding by science and psychology as something in the realm of esp... I've looked into it a fair amount... A lot of the traits between indigo/rainbow/etc children are similar/the same as people with mental illnesses like autism and aspergers and bpd and schizophrenia. I can't say I know anything concrete about it, to me it's all speculation, and not something I can easily ignore, hence my continued interest on the subject.
    I think 'rainbow children' just like to be called gay nowadays. ;)
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    Most religious people I know claim to "hear voices".
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    Quote Originally Posted by pinkrasputin View Post
    Most religious people I know claim to "hear voices".
    I see. And do you believe they are mentally ill because of it?


 
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