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A 19-year-old female asked:

i hear voices and always feel afraid. i can't focus or think straight. what could possibly be wrong?

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
Wound care 35 years experience
Voices: You need to see a physician that can take a more complete history from you and perform an examination. After that, blood work and testing will be needed. Once that assessment is completed, your physician will have a better idea of how to help you. Do not delay! There is no reason to be fearful.

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