How can I deal with voices?
Many people hear voices in their head. Hearing voices does not automatically mean you are “sick”. But hearing voices can sometimes upset your life, your ability to work, make friends and reach personal goals. Remember that you do not have to be a victim to these voices.
Hearing voices when nobody is around, or when nobody seems to be saying the words you hear, is common for people with serious mental illness. Sometimes the voices seem to be coming from neighbors, TV, radio, or people who pass you on the street. Other times they just seem to come out of the air. They seem to be very real. They can be very loud. They may shout at you, or sometimes just whisper. Sometimes they can say things that are very worrying or threatening. They may even swear or tell you to do awful things. They may seem to be talking about you, or telling you what you are doing or thinking. It is hard to understand how they can know such personal things. They can sound very convincing as if they have the power to make you do things, even when you do not want them to.
Where do voices come from?
Nobody is really sure, but you do not have to listen to them. Voices cannot make you do anything you do not want to do. Often they are thoughts sounding aloud. That does not mean the voices sound like your own voice. They may be memories of someone else’s voice or voices you do not recognize. Just like when you hear people speaking in your dreams, the voices can be thoughts heard out loud.
Why do some people hear voices?
Voices can be a symptom of mental illness. But certain things may make them worse. Things you do can affect the voices. Keep track of the kinds of things that cause your voices to be the worse. Knowing what to ho and not to do will be very helpful to you.
Voices can happen in many situations. They may happen:
What can you do to limit the voices?
Try some self-help strategies to limit your voices. Some suggestions are listed below.