Strange whispers and tunnel vision?
August 14, 2012 7:18 AM Subscribe
I remember a strange phenonenon that occurred a few times when I was a child. Voices accompanied with an odd "telescoping" of my vision. A few years ago I read a description of this, but my search powers are failing me. Ring a bell with anyone?
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This happened maybe half a dozen times, when I was about 9 to 12 (?) or so. One incident I remember quite clearly. I was in the bathroom with my mother, talking about something and my vision telescoped, as if I were looking through the wrong end of telescope and my mother was far away. At the same time, my hearing was also affected, and my mother's voice--as well as mine--sounded echo-y, as if we were talking long-distance.
It was almost like an out-of-body-experience, but not quite like I was looking at myself from a different vantage point.
The other phenomenon that happened after that (or maybe at the same time as all of this) was these voices I heard. Whispering, a lot of whispering, from lots of different voices/people. I can't remember what they were saying, and at the time maybe I couldn't understand what they were saying. I remember a different occasion, along with the tunnel vision, I was lying on my bed and distinctly heard several different voices. It freaked me out, so I got up and walked around, and all the phenomena seemed to just fade away. Sometime in early adolescence, maybe around puberty, the phenomenon stopped.
It's hard to be sure, but I think these events would only last a short time, ten to twenty minutes or so. Even at the time, I just chalked it up to sleepiness and an overactive imagination, but a few years ago I read other people's experiences that mirrored my own almost exactly. I even seem to recall a medical term for this phenomenon. Anyone have any idea?