A 22-year-old female asked:
is hearing voices a sure sign of schizophrenia or some kind of psychotic disorder?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Robert Woods answered
29 years experience Psychiatry
Not Sure, Just Maybe: One often associates auditory hallucinations with schizophrenia, but not all schizophrenics experience auditory hallucinations. They can also occur with mood disorders but usually to a lesser degree. Auditory hallucinations have also been known to manifest as a result of intense stress, sleep deprivation, drug use, and errors in development of proper psychological processes.
Answered on Apr 14, 2016
Dr. Robert GalatzerLevy answered
49 years experience Child Psychiatry
No: The neurologist oliver saks has a great new book out "hallucination" in which he describes the many sources of things like hearing voices. If you are not part of a cultural group where hearing voices is normal and are hearing voices it is a good idea, however, to see a psychiatrist to figure out what is going on.
Answered on May 14, 2016
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