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Old 01-10-2012, 05:09 PM   #1
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Autism, anxiety .... and now hearing voices???

Jonathan is 8 and was diagnosed with autism at 3. Right now we are waiting to start cognitive behavior therapy and speech therapy (speech for his communication problems).

He doesn't really make jokes or act sarcastically. He doesn't lie, ever.

We were watching TV last week and the boy on it said "I hear voices"... he then said he hears voices. Without freaking him out, and keeping myself calm, i casually asked him a couple of questions, like "Jonathan, you are so silly, what you hear in your head is your own voice, it's you thinking" he then says "No, it's a different voice" so I asked him what it says and he said "To not believe in Jesus, but I do believe in Jesus." (We pray, and talk about God/Jesus but we do not go to church, the few times we do, will be when my parents are in town, we are Catholic.) Then he said it tells him to be mean to his brother, by calling him names. He said sometimes it's so loud that he can't find something that he's looking for, his example was like a certain toy. In Nov. he had a complete breakdown in school because he couldn't find a card on his desk, but it was right infront of him.

Is this normal? I called AND e-mailed the therapist, with NO callbacks or e-mails! I was upset, but we have an appointment on Friday.

He is dealing with so much, I don't want him to be dealing with anything else, ya know? I hope it's just part of his anxiety!

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Old 01-10-2012, 06:27 PM   #2
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Re: Autism, anxiety .... and now hearing voices???

Interesting. It could be a result of anxiety....I'd definitely discuss it with the specialist at your appointment, give the specific examples, and come up with a plan to determine what is going on. Is he on any medication?
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He takes Melatonin at night, but that's it. He has been on it, same dose since kindergarten.
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Old 01-10-2012, 07:04 PM   #4
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Definitely worth seeing the doc for. I'd try to watch him for signs that he is distracted from something inside himself, does he have conversations with himself? does he talk louder like he is talking over a voice? It is hard for kids, and some adults, to distinguish what a hallucination is vs your own thoughts. I'd probably see a child psychiatrist for this, but then again if you see a child psychiatrist they are very likely to recommend meds.

What sorts of voices was the boy on the show hearing?
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Old 01-10-2012, 08:57 PM   #5
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Re: Autism, anxiety .... and now hearing voices???

The autism complicates it. I agree with PP, get it checked out. But since he has difficulty with social understanding, could he be possible he doesn't recognized conflicting feelings (which we all have) as coming from within himself? That he can't process the idea that he might both love and not love Jesus sometimes, so one of these thoughts comes from 'someone else'? Just throwing ideas around, I am not a psychologist and my only experience in a psychology minor for my bachelors. But I always say, when in doubt, see the doc!
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Re: Autism, anxiety .... and now hearing voices???

Miranda has SEVERE anixety & has been dx'd autism, but I'm going with Maybe mild Asperger's.

In the past she has said she's heard voices, someone telling her to hurt her brother, etc.. I think in my child it was either her being confused and thinking it was someone else, or kids with Asperger's are the queen(and king) of excuses and reasoning. Miranda would make up someone as so she wouldn't get in trouble for it.

I don't think for a second she actually hears voices in [I]that[I] sense anyway.
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Re: Autism, anxiety .... and now hearing voices???

Definitely talk to your drs/therapists etc about it. Also I think with these kiddos they have a hard time understanding what they are feeling inside. My son has ocd as well as PDD and can't stop touching certain things---he tells me that his hand just wants to do it and he tries to make his other hand stop his hand that wants to touch but he can't stop it. He also tells me that he doesn't want to touch things but can't control his hand. "my hand wants to, not me."


It's getting a bit worse (as well as other things) as he's getting older, in that he is now able to feel that feeling that this doesn't feel good or right, so we're looking into meds even though i have always been anti-meds.

It's completely possible and probable that these kiddos don't understand inner voices/thoughts. I think a lot of conversations about feelings, opinions and choices and other pragmatic areas would help.

I still won't forget the convo i had with my ds about whether the statement "the grass needs to be cut" was fact or opinion. Oh goodness.
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