Users' questions

How do you work with someone who is hearing voices?

How do you work with someone who is hearing voices?

Try not to make judgments about what hearing voices means for them….

  1. Ask them what would help. Avoid making assumptions about what they find difficult.
  2. Reassure them that they are not alone. Lots of people who hear voices don’t realise that other people do too.
  3. Encourage them to talk about their experience.

What does it mean when a child says they hear voices?

Research has shown that hearing voices can begin for a range of reasons, including after an operation or an acute fever – or in response to emotional distress. Voice-hearing can also be triggered by traumas, such as bullying, loneliness, the loss of a loved one, abuse or neglect.

What causes someone to start hearing voices?

This includes traumatic life experiences, feelings of stress or worry, or mental health problems such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. Sometimes, hearing voices can be due to things like lack of sleep, extreme hunger, or due to recreational or prescribed drugs.

How old should a child be when they start hearing voices?

When a child is able to consider the problems that are at the root of their distress and with the emotions and feelings involved, the voices stop being the child’s only focus of attention. Recently I conducted a 3-year follow up study on 80 children who heard voices who were aged between 8 and 19 years of age.

Can a child be afraid of the voices?

On the other hand, if parents cannot accept that voice hearing in itself is normal, but believe the voices to be an illness and are afraid of the voices, then the child naturally picks up this feeling.

Who is the expert on children hearing voices?

Written by Dr. Sandra Escher is from the Netherlands, an expert on the issue of children who hear voices, shed has spent the last fifteen years talking to children who hear voices and to their parents and carers. Sandra has carried out the most detailed and thorough research into the phenomenon in the world to date.

What happens if you don’t get help for hearing voices?

Because hearing voices can be due to serious diseases, failure to seek treatment can result in serious complications and permanent damage.

When a child is able to consider the problems that are at the root of their distress and with the emotions and feelings involved, the voices stop being the child’s only focus of attention. Recently I conducted a 3-year follow up study on 80 children who heard voices who were aged between 8 and 19 years of age.

On the other hand, if parents cannot accept that voice hearing in itself is normal, but believe the voices to be an illness and are afraid of the voices, then the child naturally picks up this feeling.

Is it dangerous for someone to hear voices?

When I’ve been hearing voices, I can often almost see the gears in people’s heads going into overdrive. The vast majority of people who hear voices are just struggling with what they’re hearing, and are not a danger to anyone else. If you’re worrying about what you can do, then ask. You don’t need all the answers.

Written by Dr. Sandra Escher is from the Netherlands, an expert on the issue of children who hear voices, shed has spent the last fifteen years talking to children who hear voices and to their parents and carers. Sandra has carried out the most detailed and thorough research into the phenomenon in the world to date.