difficult child only mentioned that she had periodically heard her name whispered. Tonight she heard a voice saying, "Quiet", while she was in the bathroom. She's not hearing the voice in her head, but from outside her head. From what I've read that is the distinction between hallucination and ear problem. She was obviously distressed and demanded to know what I was going to do. I explained the process I have been going through to get her into a psychiatrist. She thinks a psychiatrist is stupid because "what can a psychiatrist do for paranoia?" She insists that paranoia is the diagnosis and I explained that it can be just a symptom. She didn't like that idea because she's already decided what it is. She completely rejects anxiety and depression out of hand. And she's terrified of schizophrenia (she reads too much). So, I think this is her way of making herself feel secure, Know what I mean?? The problem is, she's going to reject out of hand whatever the psychiatrist says if he doesn't say it's paranoia. I'm going to have to talk to him beforehand and give him a heads up so he can weigh his words with her. I'm so out of my league on this one. ETA: I'm still not ruling out dissociation (I know I'm not a doctor). She was in and out of her calmness today and it was such a dramatic difference between the calmness and the not. If that makes any sense.