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How can thyroid disease cause you to hear things that aren't real?

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Myxedema is a rare condition where your thyroid is not making enough hormone and your levels get dangerously low. It’s a life-threatening condition that can also make you hear things.

SOURCES:

U.S. National Library of Medicine: “Visual Hallucinations: Differential Diagnosis and Treatment,” “Hallucinations as a trauma-based memory: implications for psychological interventions,” “Hallucinations: Clinical aspects and management,” “Hypothyroidism Presenting as Psychosis: Myxedema Madness Revisited,” “Auditory hallucinations in tinnitus patients: Emotional relationships and depression.”

American Journal of Psychiatry: “The Clinical Value of Hallucinations in Localizing Brain Tumors.”

British Tinnitus Association: “Musical Hallucination (Musical Tinnitus).”

NHS: “Hallucinations and hearing voices,” “Schizophrenia.”

Alzheimer’s Association: “Hallucinations and Alzheimer’s.”

Alzheimer’s Society: “Perception and Hallucinations.”

NCBI Bookshelf, Holland-Frei Cancer Medicine, 6th Edition: “Clinical Presentation.”

Medscape: “Temporal Lobe Epilepsy Clinical Presentation,” “Myxedema Coma or Crisis,” “Childhood Migraine Variants Clinical Presentation.”

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: “Hearing Voices and Seeing Things.”

New Zealand Ministry of Health: “Fever in Children.”

American Hearing Research Foundation: “Tinnitus.”

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on August 04, 2017

SOURCES:

U.S. National Library of Medicine: “Visual Hallucinations: Differential Diagnosis and Treatment,” “Hallucinations as a trauma-based memory: implications for psychological interventions,” “Hallucinations: Clinical aspects and management,” “Hypothyroidism Presenting as Psychosis: Myxedema Madness Revisited,” “Auditory hallucinations in tinnitus patients: Emotional relationships and depression.”

American Journal of Psychiatry: “The Clinical Value of Hallucinations in Localizing Brain Tumors.”

British Tinnitus Association: “Musical Hallucination (Musical Tinnitus).”

NHS: “Hallucinations and hearing voices,” “Schizophrenia.”

Alzheimer’s Association: “Hallucinations and Alzheimer’s.”

Alzheimer’s Society: “Perception and Hallucinations.”

NCBI Bookshelf, Holland-Frei Cancer Medicine, 6th Edition: “Clinical Presentation.”

Medscape: “Temporal Lobe Epilepsy Clinical Presentation,” “Myxedema Coma or Crisis,” “Childhood Migraine Variants Clinical Presentation.”

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: “Hearing Voices and Seeing Things.”

New Zealand Ministry of Health: “Fever in Children.”

American Hearing Research Foundation: “Tinnitus.”

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on August 04, 2017

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