As I said, I’m not a trauma expert or anything, but I’ve encountered some pretty disturbing voices since I became self-aware.
Some of the more disturbing voices I’ve heard have been talking to me in my head.
In some cases, I was physically hurt, and the voices would warn me to stop the bleeding, or even to stop breathing.
I also recall a few instances of people saying things like, “You are a monster” or “I don’t know why you’re so angry.”
It’s important to note that there’s a difference between voices in your head and voices that are telling you to hurt yourself.
Some of the voices that I’ve encountered have been very real, but still, very shocking to hear.
What’s the most common reason someone may hear voices?
The most common reason someone may hear voices is because they’ve experienced trauma.
Trauma is a mental health condition that can include things like physical abuse, sexual assault, or witnessing serious violence.
It can also include things like witnessing or experiencing a natural disaster or crisis, like war or natural disaster.
Everyone’s experience is different, but it can be helpful to know that voices are a very real symptom of trauma.
Most of the time, they’re not the same voice that you hear when you’re awake.
The thing is, you may only hear one or two voices at a time.
When you’re in a really bad place, you may have so many voices in your head that you can’t even tell which voice is real.
In other cases, you may only experience one voice from time to time.
But the voice that you hear when you’re awake is usually the same voice that you hear when you’re in the throes of physical, emotional, or even spiritual distress.
So, if you’re hearing voices, you’re probably in a really bad place.
What does it sound like?
I’ll give you some examples of what I mean.
If you’re hearing voices that tell you to hurt yourself, here are some of the things that you’re hearing.
You’re hearing a voice that tells you to hurt yourself in the following ways:
1. You’re hearing screams, moans, or cries that aren’t your own.
2. You’re hearing a voice that tells you to hurt yourself in ways that you can’t remember.
3. You’re hearing a voice that says things like, “Your child is dying.”
4. You’re hearing a voice that says, “You will be the death of me.”
5. You’re hearing a voice that says, “You are the worst thing that’s ever happened to me.”
6. You’re hearing a voice that says, “You’re going to die.”
7. You’re hearing a voice that says, “You think you’re so smart… but you’re going to die.”
8. You’re hearing a voice that says, “I hate you.”
9. You’re hearing a voice that says, “I will kill you.”
10. You’re hearing a voice that tells you to stop breathing, stop the bleeding, or stop anything that you want to stop.
I know that sounds pretty terrifying, but it’s important to realize that these are just a few of the ways that you can hear voices.
What do I do when I hear voices?
If you’re hearing voices, the first thing that you need to do is stop and take a breath.
You should also be aware of the fact that you’re most likely hearing voices in response to trauma, which means that it’s not something that you can just ignore.
And while you may feel like you can ignore the voices, when you do, you may actually be creating more harm than good.
For example, if you ignore the voices, you may be creating a situation where someone is going to get hurt.
Instead, you should be engaging with the voices.
And if you feel like you can’t do that, you should get help from a therapist.
There are a few different types of therapy that I recommend for people who are hearing voices.
The first is cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).
CBT is an evidence-based form of therapy that was originally developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan, who’s the co-founder of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).
CBT uses a series of techniques that help you change how you process information and emotions.
Some of these techniques include:
- Reframing experiences
- Making changes to your behaviors
- Changing how you think about the things that you’re experiencing
- Creating a safe space for yourself
The second thing that I recommend for people who are hearing voices is called dialectical behavior therapy.
DBT is a form of CBT that’s been shown to be effective in treating people who are experiencing symptoms of PTSD.
It’s also been shown to be effective for people who are hearing voices for the first time.
DBT can help you learn how to:
- Identify the voices in your head
- Express your emotions
- Understand the impact that the voices are having on your life
Additionally, DBT is also a great tool for people who are hearing voices for the first time in their lives.
Here are some of the things that DBT can help you with:
- Change the way that you feel about the voices that you’re hearing
- Change the way that you go about your day-to-day thoughts and actions
- Change the way that you interact with people
What is the difference between depression and hearing voices?
It’s important to remember that depression and hearing voices are two separate conditions.
It’s also possible to experience both at the same time.
Depression is a mental health condition that can include some of the same symptoms that you may experience when you’re hearing voices.
Here are some examples of symptoms of depression and hearing voices.
- Feeling sad and hopeless
- Feeling tired and lacking in energy
- Feeling worthless
- Feeling worthless, helpless or hopeless
- Having thoughts about death or suicide
- A lack of interest in things that were once important to you
- Having thoughts that seem irrational or nonsensical
- Feeling physically unwell
- Having difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much
- Having problems with concentration, memory or decision making
When you experience one of these symptoms, you should talk to a therapist.
The therapist can help you identify what you’re experiencing and help you find ways to address those symptoms.
In some cases, you may need to seek professional help to help you stop hearing voices.
The bottom line
If you’re hearing voices, it’s best to talk to a therapist.
They can help you identify and address your symptoms of hearing voices.
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