- Around one in 10 of us hear voices.
- Another term for hearing voices is auditory hallucinations.
- Hearing voices can sometimes be positive.
- Sometimes these voices can be negative and upsetting.
- Research shows that hearing voices is not always a sign of mental illness.
- Treatments for distressing voices can include medication, talking therapies and peer support.
These sections cover:
- What does the term ‘hearing voices’ mean?
- What is it like to hear voices and how is this condition diagnosed?
- What are the different types of voices experienced?
- What causes someone to hear voices?
- How are they treated?
- What treatment should the NHS offer me?
- What if I am not happy with my treatment?
- What are self care and management skills?
- What risks and complications can voices cause?
- Information for carers, friends and relatives
These pages are created by Rethink Mental Illness' Advice Service in accordance with the Information Standard. Last reviewed in January 2016. Next review January 2019
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