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could hearing voices always means it's schizophrenia?

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Dr. Steven Griggs
39 years experience Clinical Psychology
Depends...: The quality and quantity of the voices determine if there is a psychiatric disorder, although hearing voices does usually mean a psychotic process is extant. But, extreme manic states, drug-induced states and genuine psychic abilities also produce "voices." This one calls for a professional evaluation by either a psychologist or psychiatrist.
Answered on May 12, 2016
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Dr. Steven Griggs
39 years experience Clinical Psychology
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Any article in the Journal of Parapsychology is peer-reviewed and hard-core science. The American Journal of Psychical Research was around in the 70's, and was also peer-reviewed. The research in these journals did not necessarily, specifically deal with hearing voices, but I didn't read every study. The studies were done by a host of Ph.D.'s and serious researchers.
Jul 21, 2014
Dr. Dariush Saghafi
33 years experience Neurology
I am in agreement with your thoughts on the differential for hearing voices. But I'm more intrigued with your statement of "genuine" psychic abilities inferring that psychics (as I understand the term to mean something on the order of supernatural capabilities) are a bona fide capable group of people? Should I be reading something on this? Do you have a good peer reviewed article on the subject?
Jul 21, 2014

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