Q. I am developing anxiety and depression due to some past childhood events. What to do?

Answered by
Dr. Sibananda Mishra
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Nov 21, 2020
Hello, I’m a 20 yr old female. Throughout my childhood I’ve experienced “paranormal” things; mostly in the form of visual hallucinations of shadows and odd movement. I’ve been treated for anxiety and depression in the past, but still struggle with anxiety often. I am haven’t taken medication in at least 3-4 years. Last year I began having auditory hallucinations as well. I only experience these things when I’m alone for the most part, and only at two locations. One being my parents when I house sit, the other being my grandparents. I have experienced traumatic familial situations at both locations, however the hallucinations don’t seem to relate to those experiences. I frequently endure intrusive thoughts, but never want to act them out. When I have hallucinations, I grow increasingly paranoid and struggle to sleep, eat, use the restroom etc. I have told 2 therapists about this in the past, but was immediately referred to psychiatrist and prescribed anti-depressants, which numbed my fear but not the experiences. I have a family history of mental health issues including Schizophrenia, Depression and Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Maybe this isn’t the best place to post this, but I would really appreciate some answers and/or suggestions. I would feel very comforted if I at least had an idea of what might be causing this. Thank you so much for taking the time to read this.

I have gone through your writing in detail. I understand that you have hallucinations both visual and auditory also from childhood. you have also family history of Psychiatric problem like Schizophrenia and other mental disorders. you have already consulted a Psychiatrist and taking medicines. Still you have such experiences when you are alone. I think that your problem is related to your childhood experiences( Past events). It may be some obsessions in the mind due to conflicts or frustrations in past events. You have written that your fear or hallucinations linked to some locations . It does not happen in other locations.

The Probable causes:

Past experiences ( childhood) or unfulfilled desire

Investigations to be done:

Consult a Psychiatrist or Psychologist for advice

Differential diagnosis:

Depression and Severe Anxiety with Psychotic symptoms

Probable diagnosis:

Schizoaffective disorder

Treatment plan:

consult a Psychiatrist and Psychologist

Preventive measures:

change the location,. supportive environment for Patient, do not stay alone

Regarding follow up:

regular follow is required.

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