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What is difference between thoughts and auditory

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Hi Doctor,
What is difference between thoughts and auditory hallucinations. Is Auditory hallucination hearing through ears?
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Megha
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Dr. Z replied 1 year ago.

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Hello and thank you for your question. The difference between auditory hallucinations and thoughts is that with an auditory hallucination you genuinely believe that someone is standing next to you and talking directly in your ear, so the origin of the auditory hallucination is from outside the head. So the auditory hallucination has the same sensation as if someone is talking to you, but of course no one is there. With thoughts the origin of the stimuli is within your head, so you do not hear them outside of your head like you would if someone was talking to you.

I hope this answers your question and gives you some guidance on this issue. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns as I am happy to assist and support you regarding this issue.

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