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Hearing Voices or Hallucinations

Do you hear or see things that are not there?

Sometimes people can hear or see things that are not real during childhood or if they are really stressed about something such as a bereavement or family separation. Your thoughts can even feel and sound like a voice in your head. However, if your thoughts are scary, intimidating or start to have a negative impact on your life, it is important to seek help. TheHearing voices’ booklet is a helpful guide for parents and young people.

What is psychosis?

Psychosis is when people lose some contact with reality. This usually involves:

  1. Hallucinations - seeing or hearing things that other people cannot see or hear
  2. Delusions - believing things that are not actually true.

The combination of hallucinations and delusions can cause people distress and lead to unusual behaviour. You might experience psychosis if you have a serious mental health condition such as schizophrenia. Psychosis can also be triggered by:

  • a traumatic experience
  • stress
  • drug or alcohol misuse
  • side effects of prescribed medicine
  • a physical condition, such as a brain tumour

If you are experiencing hallucinations and delusions, it is important to get help as soon as you can.

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Here are a list of services that can help with hearing voices or hallucinations. The icons below tell you the type of support available.

  • In person In person

Hearing Voices Network

City and County

age All Ages

  • Web chat Web chat

Voice Collective

City and County

age Under 25

  • In person In person

CAMHS Head 2 Head Team – Psychosis

City and County

age Under 18

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Related Topics

Here are some related mental health topics

Obsessive Thoughts

Obsessions are specific thoughts that are intense and intrusive. It can feel like your thoughts are taking over and controlling your behaviour. Compulsions are ritual behaviours that people use to try to reduce anxiety linked to intrusive thoughts.

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Anxiety and Panic Attacks

Everyone gets anxious now and then and anxiety is actually your body giving you a message that you are not safe.

Bereavements and loss

Bereavement and Loss

When someone you care about dies or is seriously ill, it is very difficult. There’s no right or wrong way to feel, but it’s natural to have strong reactions. If an animal you love dies, this can be very upsetting too. People can feel scared, confused, numb, or out of control. You might even feel like you’ll never feel OK again. These feelings will change over time– it’s really tough, but certain things can help you cope.