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Repeating What I Hear

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I am a healthy 56 year old male. I was in a detox hospital to come off a therapeutic dose of Valium for 25 years. During my hospital stay I was pretty drugged up and one morning I walked into the TV room and I repeated in my head what I heard on the TV. After that I repeated what other people were saying. Now that is all I can think about and I constantly ruminate about it and it is absolutely driving me crazy. I keep checking to see if I am repeating what I heard on TV or what people are saying even though I am now repeating what I hear I am consumed with the idea. I also started to question my thought process and how I read in my head. Can someone tell me what this condition is and if there is treatment for it. I am desperate as I don’t know how much longer I can take this.

Repeating What I Hear

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While there are conditions such as echolalia, where repeating what others are saying is a central symptom, it would be beyond the limits of this forum to offer a diagnosis in any specific situation. I would recommend you make an appointment with a psychiatrist to explain the timing, the conditions and the symptoms. This will help pinpoint the likely cause and treatment.

Wishing you patience and peace,
Dr. Dan
Proof Positive Blog @ PsychCentral

Repeating What I Hear

Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP

Dan Tomasulo Ph.D., TEP, MFA, MAPP teaches Positive Psychology in the graduate program of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, Teachers College and works with Martin Seligman, the Father of Positive Psychology in the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Director of the New York Certification in Positive Psychology for the Open Center in New York City and on faculty at New Jersey City University. Sharecare has honored him as one of the top 10 online influencers on the topic of depression. For more information go to: He also writes for Psych Central's Ask the Therapist column and the Proof Positive blog.

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