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Which mental illness causes people to talk to themselves?


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My neighbor is an old lady. Every night, I hear her talking to herself. she seems like fighting or angry. Because my room is next to her room ( I live in a residence similar to a dorm), I can hear her at night. Her episode is from 1 am till 5 am in the morning. she is like screaming and saying things like " f* you B*" and "people are idiots" and stuff like that. then she makes strange sounds like vomiting. she doesn't have a job. so she sleeps all day and stays up the whole night.

Apart from waking me up every night, is she dangerous? can she harm somebody ? I try to avoid walking next to her room. I think she is just an old crazy lady. what do you guys think?

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many possibilities. probably dementia?

or she could be on the phone :/

No, no. She is not on the phone LOL.  she does that in the middle of the night. 

I had a neighbour that did the exact same, violent language and the noise like a vomiting plus a sort of rasping/raspberry noise. He was smashed out of his face on drugs and booze. I know this is probably not an option with the older lady, but i think cannabis can cause schizophrenea and extreme paranoia in some cases. Perhaps something similar with this lady?

it could be many things.  if you're worried, call the police or ambulance.

it could be multiple personality disorder, hallucinations, dementia, or a whole mess of other things

If it's happening frequently, you may be doing her a favor by calling the police. If they investigate the noise complaint and find that she is suffering from dementia they might take her to a hospital or contact her family. If she has dementia she could be a danger to herself or to others that live in the building. Imagine if she accidentally set a fire?

my neighbor does this too,and she in her 40.she living with her mom ,on and off I stay awaya from her I talk to her mom sometime and she saids that her daughter is crazy but she cannt live on the street .Ifeel sorry for the crazy mom

Original Post by fatsusy:

If it's happening frequently, you may be doing her a favor by calling the police. If they investigate the noise complaint and find that she is suffering from dementia they might take her to a hospital or contact her family. If she has dementia she could be a danger to herself or to others that live in the building. Imagine if she accidentally set a fire?

she does that every night. It is midnight now and I am waiting for her episode to start in about an hour from now. :(

the problem is she seems very normal and acts very sweet with other people. If I call the police, they will kick me out of the residence because nobody will believe me. 

I was seriously thinking about buying a voice recorder and record everything. I am not sure if that will put me in trouble.

 

Original Post by pgeorgian:

it could be many things.  if you're worried, call the police or ambulance.

actually, sometimes, I just laugh as I take it easy and think she is an old crazy lady. I would be very worried if she is dangerous. I am assuming that people who talk to themselves are harmless.

This reminds me of a neighbor I had when I lived in the UK. It was always in the middle of the night and he would shout things like "SHUT THE **** UP!"... he also lived alone. He was scary. He was about mid 40's in age. I'd get woken up in the middle of the night with him just randomly shouting "****!!!" over and over again.

I think he was harmless... just odd. I kept away from him though.

Original Post by cptbunny:

This reminds me of a neighbor I had when I lived in the UK. It was always in the middle of the night and he would shout things like "SHUT THE **** UP!"... he also lived alone. He was scary. He was about mid 40's in age. I'd get woken up in the middle of the night with him just randomly shouting "****!!!" over and over again.

I think he was harmless... just odd. I kept away from him though.

LOL, Bunny. I can't help but laugh.

Tourette's syndrome can make people shout obscenities and other words, and also make strange noises.  It's a harmless condition (although she's not necessarily harmless).  I'd talk to the building manager.  Maybe you can move to another room.

Some medications can induce paranoia/hallucinations/psychosis at night. My father has Parkinson's and his medication sometimes induces these. It only happens at night. It's sad that the lady does not have someone to help her through the night. Not sure where in the world you are, but, where I am from we have mental health units based at hospitals that you could call to check her out.

With old age, it's probably dementia. If she's behaved like this since she was a younger adult, then it could possibly be schizophrenia. Without knowing the full health history of this lady, it's not really possible to pinpoint the exact cause of her behavioral problems. If you are worried about your safety or the safety of this elderly woman then it's best to maintain your distance and notify the proper authorities if her behavior begins to evolve into harmful acts.

Original Post by safina1:

Original Post by fatsusy:

If it's happening frequently, you may be doing her a favor by calling the police. If they investigate the noise complaint and find that she is suffering from dementia they might take her to a hospital or contact her family. If she has dementia she could be a danger to herself or to others that live in the building. Imagine if she accidentally set a fire?

she does that every night. It is midnight now and I am waiting for her episode to start in about an hour from now. :(

the problem is she seems very normal and acts very sweet with other people. If I call the police, they will kick me out of the residence because nobody will believe me. 

I was seriously thinking about buying a voice recorder and record everything. I am not sure if that will put me in trouble.

Is there a neighbor on the opposite side of the old lady? You could ask them if they have heard any noise during the night. If you get another neighbor to file a complaint as well, then they will be more likely to believe you.

I hope no children live around her. I can't imagine how scary it would be to wake up to a crazy person shouting and swearing. I would never be able to live there.. :( Please get help with this situation.

Original Post by myoelastic:

I had a neighbour that did the exact same, violent language and the noise like a vomiting plus a sort of rasping/raspberry noise. He was smashed out of his face on drugs and booze. I know this is probably not an option with the older lady, but i think cannabis can cause schizophrenea and extreme paranoia in some cases. Perhaps something similar with this lady?

 You would be amazed. Back when I was a medic, I had a call involving an elderly woman who lived in an old age home. She'd had a seizure, they said. Okay, we put her in the ambulance and on the way, she went into full arrest. It was my first. Kinda scary to have a patient with no heartbeat, no breathing, who has turned grey.

We rush her to the ER, doing CPR and airway management, etc..they're waiting and know what's going on, so the trauma team is in the room when we get there. We hand her off, Dr looks at her a moment, then injects something.

Narcam ( or is it narcaN?) either way..her vitals take a sharp turn for the better suddenly. I'm kind of amazed by this, and look at the doctor, who explains to me "Granny is on heroine"

Coulda knocked me over with a toothpick. The worst part, is given that she lived in a care home full of nurses and such..it means someone was bringing her the stuff!

Icky, icky poo.

Original Post by cptbunny:

This reminds me of a neighbor I had when I lived in the UK. It was always in the middle of the night and he would shout things like "SHUT THE **** UP!"... he also lived alone. He was scary. He was about mid 40's in age. I'd get woken up in the middle of the night with him just randomly shouting "****!!!" over and over again.

I think he was harmless... just odd. I kept away from him though.

 

People are prob guna think im totally insane.... im not BUT

Since i was around 14, 15... ive had what i call a "negative voice" in my head. Its not a voice really, its not psychosis or anything like that, more like unwanted thoughts that pop into my head. 

Anyway, at times these unwanted thoughts can get so frustrating, mainly at night when im trying to go to sleep, that i actually do shout "shut the **** up" out loud. Im not shouting it to anyone, but it helps to just scream it....

Im not saying that this is what is happening etc but some people just have quirks....

Im totally not crazy :)

i wish i had cool neighbors like that!

Omg! Same here! I get so freaking frustrated and i start thinking of really evil and really negative stuff sometimes. I feel crazy!

Are you more concerned about her or just frustrated that she's disturbing you at night? If you just want to get some sleep, buy some ear plugs. You can get these squishy, mold-able ones at any drug store and they fit slightly into your ear and you can press them down so they're flush against your skin and they block out noise really well. I'm always still able to hear my alarm clock with them in, too.

If you're concerned about her, approach the manager of the apartment and explain the situation. If you're worried he or she wont respond well to that, call the police anonymously (you can even block your number if you want to) and just say you were walking down the hall and heard a lot of violent screams/yelling and tell them the apartment location and her room number. They'll probably want to talk to you since you're her next door neighbor and you can further explain the situation. I think it would be illegal for the manager to kick you out, anyway, because they have to provide an adequate living environment, which I believe includes noise level being at a minimum at night.

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