Schizophrenia: What It’s Like to Hear Voices

People with schizophrenia often have a hard time explaining what it’s like to hear voices.

“There’s a huge range of voice hearing experiences,” says Nev Jones, postdoctoral fellow in anthropology at Stanford University who was treated for her psychotic symptoms in 2007.

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There can be “voices that are more thought-like,” says Jones, “voices that sound like non-human entities, voices that are perceived as the direct communication of a message, rather than something you’re actually hearing.”

Voices aren’t always voices, either. They can sound more like a murmur, a rustle or a beeping.

But when a voice is a recognizable voice, more than often, it’s not very nice. “It’s not like wearing an iPod”, says the Stanford anthropologist Tanya Luhrman. “It’s like being surrounded by a gang of bullies.”

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Beeping! Yes I can hear persistent little electronic beeping in the background if I’ve been overstimulated by a drug or lack of sleep. I was always checking my phone when this would happen to see if it was doing the beeping, but no, it was in my head.

Me to, beeping and buzzing.

" what do you think to that question mr. bunny ? "
" well , i think you can be rather annoying, dark sith ! "
take care

Awhile ago when I was taking Champix to quit smoking, I talked to my doctor about some things I was experiencing like being more sensitive to certain ‘noises’. He stated that hearing voices is more distinct… Doctors really need to be better educated on how symptoms can manifest.

I used to hear my cellphone’s ringtone.

I’d also hear doorbells. Not my doorbell that has a distinct sound but another doorbell.