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Old 11-01-2016, 11:54 AM   #1
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I was diagnosed with Aspergers when I was eight and I see and hear things. Could it be because of me autism or could it be the result of having meningitis 3 time? I have not been able to see a doctor and was hoping someone could help.
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Hello Joycelynn777: I'm certainly no expert with regard to autism. However, from what I know of it there would be no direct relationship. From what I understand seeing & hearing things in a person with autism is thought to be the result of stress related to social anxiety. I cannot speak to the question of your having had meningitis. The link below is to a discussion on The National Autistic Society website regarding the relationship between autism & seeing & hearing things:

Teenager with Asperger's- Hallucinations | National Autistic Society

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Old 11-01-2016, 01:30 PM   #3
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Are you taking any medications?
If so they might be the cause or a factor..

Or you could have a secondary medical/emotional/mental condition..
I suggest a follow up with a professional to find out for sure..
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Hi Joycelynn777

My partner is a psychologist who has worked with people who are on the Autism Spectrum Disorder range. Her comment is that it is very unusual for people with ASD to have auditory or visual hallucinations.

She also (echoing Jo*mar) suggested that seeing a health professional about your hallucinations is a good plan.
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