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I Smell Things That Aren't There

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    Quite Curious

    Since at least late childhood (around the mid- to late Eighties) I've smelled things that aren't there (olfactory hallucinations). The earliest smell I can remember is an odd one--spearmint and gasoline. As strange as that sounds, it's actually a rather soothing scent. This...
    tehuti88 tehuti88 31-35, F 4 Responses Aug 16, 2011

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    As Random As It Gets

    I very occasionally register the scent of something that's not there. Most of the time it's fleeting and obviously an olfactory halucination, like the one I had just now of a fresh but delicate perfume. It was gone so fast. I wish there was a way of recording scents...
    lipbloss lipbloss 36-40, F 1 Response Dec 14, 2011

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    I Guess I'll Join The Club

    I didn't used to have this but it started very recently in September. I just suddenly started having olfactory hallucinations every now and then. They usually last a couple of minutes and not much more than that. They are infrequent but unlike most olfactory hallucinations they...
    chrysalid chrysalid 18-21, F Oct 21, 2011

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    Has Anyone Experienced This?

    I have been diagnosed a little over a year ago with bipolar disorder. I experience this wierd heightened sense of smell and smell things that other people can't smell. I know this can be a symptom. However my question is a memory of my childhood when I was about 6 or 7 I remember...
    jkitten77 jkitten77 31-35, F Mar 22, 2009

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    Weird

    Sometimes I'll suddenly smell things that conjure all different kinds of childhood memories... My sisters and I used to walk to a pet store that was a couple blocks away from our house. We always stopped to buy little things from the candy/trinket machines at the entrance...
    paperalias paperalias 22-25, F Nov 29, 2007

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    Smells Sometimes Randomly Get "stuck".....

    I don't know why but sometimes a smell sticks in my head for a few hours... Like today something smelled kind of like wet dog at work.... now I keep smelling it!!! I took a shower and changed my clothes. :/ It's pretty annoying...
    CCCC8888 CCCC8888 18-21 Feb 17, 2010

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    Strange

    I will usually smell something burning, just for one brief breath of air, then it's gone. And do you know what? It just happened again as I was writing that.   I don't know, it seems to happen in random places at random times. I just smell burning, then it's gone >_>
    Emptysoul30 Emptysoul30 22-25, M 3 Responses Feb 18, 2010

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    Smell Things That Aren't There

    From time to time when I least expect it I smell fried chicken when there is none around. I always associate it with my mother because she made the best fried chicken there ever was. A psychic said it was a visit from my mother. I'd like to believe that but have some...
    puggle1 puggle1 66-70, F 1 Response Apr 8, 2012

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    I Smell Blood On My Hands

    For a while now i some times smell blood on my hands, i don't see the blood but i can smell it and no matter how much i wash my hands or spray strong perfumes on them i can still smell it, the smell can last anywhere from hours to days. When i smell the blood i get this...
    CrackedNut CrackedNut 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 12, 2010

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    Scent Memories?

    This didn't used to happen, but suddenly I smell things that aren't there...like I am remembering them, but I'm not thinking of them. 90% of the time, it is a particular scent that I associate with a memory, like my grandmother's house, or the smell of park near my old school...
    candyholic00 candyholic00 18-21 Sep 9, 2013

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    I Too

    tend to smell things that aren't there.  Like I'll smell a cologne, even though I'm nowhere near anywhere, where I could smell it. things that are completely out of place.
    meowmeowface meowmeowface 36-40, F 5 Responses Aug 18, 2007

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    Does Anyone Else Get This?

    Recently I've been having two similar consecutive phantom smells in the same place. It's happened twice and as soon as I recognize the pattern and expect a third smell, there is nothing.I smelled two different burning smells in the same spot on my walking route. One was...
    chrysalid chrysalid 18-21, F Nov 4, 2011

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    I've been going through a lot and things are looking up. nut it's like the littlest thing can take you back to square one. I've been out of work for about two months now and feel...
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    Whenever I express something on fb, or here about problem I'm having or just a bad day, I'm always dreading that one person who is going to say something like "I'll pray for you...
    MammaWolfie MammaWolfie 22-25, F 5 Responses 1 day ago

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    I HONESTLY think things need to be resolved better than this, because I still hate myself, and I have a feeling you are still scared, and that is what needs to change here. I don't...
    Ambititer Ambititer 16-17, M 1 day ago

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    Many years ago now I went to an event and met someone there who I felt was pretty interesting. He was a poet and artist so we exchanged info and have kept in touch sort of through...
    LaGentilleDame LaGentilleDame 31-35, F 1 day ago

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    Important sidenote: in Dutch 'old' is 'oud' and 'parents' is 'ouders'. I read in a notebook that my brother and mom were sorting post. He put a letter saying 'to the parents of...
    Annelina Annelina 18-21, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    Sorry for my broken english So I've had a long-term relationship like 4 years.. i don't know if you could call it long-term but for me this is the longest relationship i've ever...
    Escc Escc 22-25, F 2 days ago

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    It's funny when religion especially Islam says we are all equal but the Jews are bad, the Chriatians don't make good friends and aren't to be trusted and the gays are horrible and...
    PiecingMeBackTogether PiecingMeBackTogether 18-21 3 Responses 2 days ago

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    Do I change my mind because of this or do I keep going on because I'm doing what I want?
    HelterSkelter1 HelterSkelter1 22-25, M 4 days ago

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    I hurt my leg while bowling. I guess I was bowl legged. I shake the cordless phone at home out of habit. I get mad at people who leave their shopping carts near my car when the...
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    The recent Supreme Court ruling has the Christians up in arms and reminds me as to why I have distanced myself from organized religion... Love is love regardless of the package it...
    marladurden13 marladurden13 41-45, F 4 Responses 4 days ago

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    I'm stubborn. I can't talk to my friends anymore. Because my friends were what seemed to be the problem. I love and care about them to much. But it's getting out of hand. We're...
    UnknownBeautyQueen UnknownBeautyQueen 22-25, F 6 days ago

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    Page One Engine The front seats are considerably much more supportive compared to the rear bench, but the opportunity to recline the rear backrests can be a additionally.It will...
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    So, my "dad" is a gamer, (I put that in quotes because he's just dating my birth mother) but not the kind I hoped I would get when I wanted one. He's more of the "sit in the...
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    if things weren't do expensive my mom wouldn't have to work 2 jobs and I can see her for more then 1 hour a day. I miss her things need to be less expensive. I already barely see...
    chocolatecrazy9010 chocolatecrazy9010 13-15, F 1 Response a week ago

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    We were once close friends...now? I don't even know if he sees me as a classmate anymore, whether he sees me as nothing... With my emotions died away, I can't feel the hurt, the...
    colourflame colourflame 13-15, F 2 Responses a week ago

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    I look at the sunset and inwardly smile. I know it's always going to be there for me. I look at the moon and worry. I don't know why I get so scared at night. I can feel the tiny...
    zax2 zax2 51-55, M Jun 24

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    1. I have 3 biological sisters, 2. I have 1 foster sister, 3. I want to major in music, 4. I want to teach high school music, 5. I play the clarinet in my school's marching band, 6...
    nerdfighter314 nerdfighter314 16-17, F Jun 23

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    So here are 100 facts about me which you may or may not care about. 1. I'm from Pakistan. 2. Despite all the load shedding, water crisis and other problems, I do love my country. 3...
    Anakalusmos Anakalusmos 18-21, F 3 Responses Jun 23

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    I'm turning 15 the day after tomorrow, and I feel that I'm growing up, but I really don't want to. I never did. You know how kids always say: "I wish I was a grown-up!" Well I...
    ThatOneDepressedKid ThatOneDepressedKid 13-15, F 1 Response Jun 23

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    It's so wrong to like him but I can't help it. He's perfectly perfect. Words aren't enough to explain how thankful I am that I met him.
    Misaki7590 Misaki7590 18-21, F Jun 23

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    1. I'm pretty shy, until you get to know me 2. I like to help everyone, no matter how small or big the situation might be 3. I come from a broken home that's now barely there 4...
    Manuel1Martinez Manuel1Martinez 16-17, M 2 Responses Jun 23

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    My teach just ordered a new custom hand made 7 thousand dollar bass guitar ! I get a good cheap one & put good strings on it ha ha ha his don't sound or play any better than mine...
    BCRichWarBeast BCRichWarBeast 51-55, M 1 Response Jun 22

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    20 things, here we go! 1) The "Report Group" button on here is more obvious than the story button. I nearly clicked it, that's why it's at the top of the list. 2) I hate people...
    CaffeineJunky CaffeineJunky 18-21, F 1 Response Jun 22

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    Grocery shopping just depresses me sometimes. I just feel like I spend a ton for just someone who lives alone. I don't go to meijers or another expensive type store and I typically...
    VIISevin VIISevin 36-40, M Jun 21

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    I used to be friends with this female. We had our fun as we were still in our teens but I was young, naive, and innocent. I let her walk all over me. So when I grew up and grew a...
    taminglife taminglife 22-25, F Jun 21

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    "Every life is a pile of good things and bad things. The good things don?t always soften the bad things, but vice versa, the bad things don?t always spoil the good things and make...
    Belle2008 Belle2008 22-25, F Jun 20

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    As difficult as it may be, I always do my best to be nice to others even if they are not nice to me in return. The way I look at it the only person's behavior that I can control is...
    beatendownbylife47 beatendownbylife47 13-15, F Jun 20

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    Some smells always bring back certain memories. like every time I smell gardenia. I remember bringing my great uncle gardenia flowers the morning before he died. I was at my...
    CallmeHopelessNotRomantic CallmeHopelessNotRomantic 36-40, F Jun 19

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    You certainly aren't on your own on this site...
    vicjustvic vicjustvic 41-45, M Jun 18

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    "Never say goodbye. If you don?t say 'goodbye,' then you aren't really gone. You just... aren't here right now." - Carolina. I used to agree with this but now I wish I was brave...
    Amani7 Amani7 16-17, F 2 Responses Jun 17

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