Originally Posted by AuntieLeela
Maybe a mild case of temporal lobe epilepsy, or just a severe but episodic symptom of Aspergers, or irritable-type anxiety. (or all three?) TLE and Aspergers may both effect the temporal lobe so there's some overlapping of symptoms.
Have you spoken with your doctor about this? I have soft sound sensitivity (misophonia) as well. There are therapies that can reduce sound sensitivity and medications for TLE or anxiety.
Yes, I have spoken with my psychiatrist. I forgot to mention, or didn't know back when I first posted this thread, that they were very similar to hallucinations, or may be a type of hallucination. My doctor just said that she thinks they *may* be a type of psychosis. My mom's brother had schizophrenia, so I wonder if it might be in the same family as that disorder. Which part of the brain does that affect?
On the other hand, it may be caused by worry, or could be a type of seizure. I've read that hallucinations can accompany less intense seizures, and that anxiety attacks can cause hallucinations, but I don't know if I have that or not. (I do have a history of having severe anxiety, maybe GAD.)
Edit: I also have what we think are sensory tics, where it feels like someone is lightly tapping me on parts of my body, or it feels like insects or raindrops. When I have this, it makes it extremely hard for the other sensation to go away, if it goes away when I get distracted. It is extremely annoying and uncomfortable. It's almost like it's happening to prevent the other sensation from going away.
Maybe because of my sound sensitivity, when I have these sensations, sounds, especially people's s and f sounds, sound extremely annoying. During the jumbled-up gibberish I hear in my mind, I hear someone's annoying voice overpronouncing words and sounding really annoying, just like the sounds which I have always been so sensitive to.
Today it happened when I was waiting for the bus, and I was almost expecting it to happen, but I didn't seem anxious. The voices of the people on the bus got increasingly annoying, especially their s and f sounds. The harder I tried to get used to it and endure it without going crazy, the more "tapping" I felt. And right now, people's s sounds are extremely noticeable and bothersome, and there is an unpleasant tickle on my vision and auditory perception. It's almost like it's a sort of mind control.