Hearing voices- is this a sign of mental illness?

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For a long time now (maybe 2 years) I have sometimes experienced people calling my name when no-one really is. It always happens under the same circumstances. I am alone in my home and I hear a person calling me, but the voice isn't clear enough for me to be certain. I get very anxious if I do not investigate, so I run downstairs to see if anyone needs me. I always find out nobody has called me, and several of my relatives have now gotten very annoyed as this happens multiple times a day. I can't stop due to the anxiety I get if I don't investigate. Sometimes the faintest of noises can cause this.

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    Hi Jessica, this is obviously very worrying and upsetting for you, are you sure no one is being a little unkind and playing tricks on you, I hope not but I do think if your sure it's not anyone doing this then you need to take control and resist the urge to go downstairs checking it out, it could be a form of tinitus, you need to definately see if you can ignore it, if not then you need to see your doctor and get your hearing checked.

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      Thanks for the reply. Nobody is playing tricks on me. I talked to my mother about this and she told me it was my brain punishing me for not being committed enough to my family. It's incredibly hard to ignore the sound as if someone is ever actually calling me (usually my mother) and I ignore it, she becomes very angry, fights with my father and blames me for it.

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    Hello Jessica.

    It could be something to do with your ears. It might be good to set an appointment with an audiologist, if possible.

    If you have schizophrenia in mind, it is not always that. If you have a lot of stress and anxiety, and depression, this can cause hearing voices, as this happened to me when I had anxiety and depression.

    My advice is to schedule an appointment with your GP and an audiologist.

    I hope I helped and that you find an answer. smile

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    This could be due to several things but get checked out for paraphrenia. A close relative had this problem for some months and it was very unnerving (for us as well!) After tests for memory etc diagnozed with paraphrenia (late onset schizophrenia) and medication now keeps it well under control, 99% of the time. All the best.
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    Hi Jessica! Since you're sure that no one is playing  tricks on you, then I would advice you to see a doctor and be checked for proper diagnosis.

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