Hearing voices is a form of hallucination that may or may not be related to a mental health problem. It can be frightening, but it’s more common than you might think, with the Mental Health Foundation claiming up to 28% of people hear them. Learn more
Those with schizophrenia often hear voices, but they can also be caused by other conditions including Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, or as a result of taking illegal drugs or alcohol.
It’s essential that you find out what’s causing you to hear voices so its important you get medical help as soon as possible.
What to do
If you’re hearing voices then you need to speak to your GP as soon as possible. While the voices may not be negative or be causing you any problems in your life, they can be the symptoms of serious mental health conditions like schizophrenia.
Your GP will work with you to attempt to identify the cause of the voices that you hear. As part of the process you may need to speak to a psychiatrist. While it can be difficult to discuss things like hearing voices, you need to be as honest an open as you can.
There are many reasons you may hear voices, but the sooner you understand why, the sooner you can receive treatment.
If you need additional support, the Hearing Voice Network offers support and advice for those who hear voices. Learn more