Users' questions

Why do I hear voices every night?

Why do I hear voices every night?

Voices as you fall asleep or wake up – these are to do with your brain being partly in a dreaming state. The voice might call your name or say something brief. You might also see strange things or misinterpret things you can see. These experiences usually stop as soon as you are fully awake.

Is it normal to hear voices when no one is around?

Although people might use the word “voice” to describe these experiences, or might respond positively when asked by a clinician about “hearing voices,” these are not what psychiatrists mean when we ask about “hearing a voice when no one is around.”

When do you hear voices in your head?

We might say someone is ‘hearing voices’ if you hear a voice when no-one is present with you, or which other people with you cannot hear. People have many different experiences of hearing voices.

Is it true that voices come from outside your head?

Although the terms “true” and “pseudo” hallucination are no longer regarded as clinically useful, the idea persists that voices perceived as loud and as coming from outside the head are somehow a more serious symptom or disturbance.

What are some examples of people hearing voices?

For example, you might: hear more than one voice and they may talk or argue with each other. “I remember hearing this malicious whispering which I assumed was coming from other passengers on the train…it was like being able to hear people’s thoughts and in my paranoid state these were always malevolent and critical.”

Although people might use the word “voice” to describe these experiences, or might respond positively when asked by a clinician about “hearing voices,” these are not what psychiatrists mean when we ask about “hearing a voice when no one is around.”

Hearing mild voices when falling asleep. Constant occurrence of hearing voices inside the head. Feel of hearing voices outside, but soon recognize it as that heard from inside the ears. Thoughts of hearing other persons’ thought or feeling as if other people might hear your thoughts.

Where does hearing your own voice come from?

The condition becomes severe when the patient fails to understand that they are hearing their own voice. In recent studies, researchers have analyzed the occurrence of auditory hallucinations in the human brain. The basic form of hearing is processed in the temporal lobe in the brain. This part of the brain is found inside the ears.

Although the terms “true” and “pseudo” hallucination are no longer regarded as clinically useful, the idea persists that voices perceived as loud and as coming from outside the head are somehow a more serious symptom or disturbance.