Hope you are all well. I am a newbie on this forum, but am an oldie on others. I need your help and advice if possible please. The advice is about my young teenage daughter.
My daughter at the present time is seeing a cognitive behavioural therapist at CAHMS. She has undergone autism testing on 3 separate occasions (keep getting told she doesn't fit the criteria - ahem disagree - personally think she has Aspergers,but hey that is just me and my entire family). She was discharged from Paediatrics and transferred to CAHMS - they stated that they were unable to diagnose her as she is so complicated!
My daughter suffers with extreme anxiety that impacts everything in her life. It has become worse since starting high school she cannot seem to cope with the smallest thing. There is a big issue that she HEARS 2 voices - 1 nice, 1 nasty - she hears them all the time, when she is calmer they are quieter and more manageable, but when she is stressed they argue and the nasty one scares the wits out of her - he calls her names, swears at her and tells her to do stuff - like scream and hit my other children. She explodes with anger at the drop of a hat (Jekyll and Hyde) and depending on the severity she remembers very little, she can be very violent at times. The voices never go away but do go quieter. She has a lot of panic attacks, and does not always know the triggers - some are crowds, noises, etc. she picks at her skin a lot and is constantly losing weight. I am worried about her constantly.
The reason I am asking for help is that CAHMS keep telling me and her that SOME people with anxiety do experience hearing voices? Quite a few family members have had and still have anxiety issues and have had nervous breakdowns but they have never heard voices. Her uncle (dad's brother) does hear voices - he has bipolar disorder and other problems and he is just like my daughter.
My daughter is due to start having sessions with a CPN - psychiatric nurse soon!
My question is does anybody here with anxiety hear voices? Is it something more than anxiety?
Why would she be seeing a CPN if it is just anxiety?
I know you may not be able to help and I understand that you are not professionals as in psychologists, but any advice would be gratefully appreciated. Thank you for reading.