Is hearing voices a sign of dementia?

Not neccessarily. Hearing voices or auditory hallucinations can be a sign of many ailments(psychotic depression, bipolar, schizophrenia); medical-- brain tumors, epilepsy or any other seizure disorders, brain tumors, deliriums, strokes, and dementia. If hearing voices is a new and unexpected sx, please seek help immediately.

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Is hearing voices a sign of severe psychosis or dementia?

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. Read more...

Is hearing voices a side effect of dementia?

psychotic symptoms. Psychotic symptoms like hallucinations are not uncommon in the context of dementia. Delirium superimposed sometimes triggers those too. A skilled psychiatrist will know how to differentiate and treat it. Good luck. Read more...

What causes people to start hearing voices? Stroke? Tia? Dementia?

Stroke and dementia. Can cause voices, but by definition, transient ischemic attacks resolve with no sequelae. Read more...

Is hearing voices a sign of severe psychosis?

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. Read more...

Is hearing voices a sure sign of schizophrenia or some kind of psychotic disorder?

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. Read more...
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. Read more...