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Is hearing voices a sign of severe psychosis or dementia?

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Dr. Miroslava Fox
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
See below: Auditory hallucination or hearing voices is a sign of psychosis that accompany mental illness, e.g. Depression, schizophrenia, bipolar. A person might have a psychotic reaction to some of the medication as well. Dementia might be accompanied by psychosis. If this is a new sx, or if you've already experienced that, but this sx is bothersome, please see your doctor asap.
Dr. Martin Raff
Dr. Martin Raff commented
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
There are cases of auditory and olfactory hallucinosis related to neurological malignancies. Agree with Dr. Fox, see a doctor.
May 1, 2012
Dr. Susan Uhrich
Psychiatry 36 years experience
It could be either.: Hearing voices is a symptom of psychosis, which can occur in depression, dementia, bipolar disorder or even fever.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

Is hearing voices a sign of severe psychosis?

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Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 39 years experience
Not always: There are different types of hallucinations. We all have hallucinations when we dream for example. We need to evaluate the difference btn true hallucinations (preceived as outside the head), pseudo-hallucinatons (inside voices which may be ptsd) and illusions (misperceptions of sounds). Only a psychiatric eval can help determine and tx is different for each.

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