What It’s Like To Hear Voices from The Children Who Do

I came across this video and thought I would share it here. It was put together by UK based Voice Collective and features 5 young people (13-18 years) who hear voices. It is meant to raise awareness and challenge the stigma persons with hallucinations face.


Hallucinations involve sensing things while awake that appear to be real, but instead have been created by the mind. – National Institutes of Health

Hallucinations may be visual (seeing things), auditory (hearing things), tactile (feeling physical sensations), or olfactory (smelling odors) and other people around you don’t have the same experience.

Hallucinations can be caused by many things, including medical/neurological diagnoses, medication side effects, high fever, delirium, and psychiatric disorders like schizophrenia. Children and adults may even have hallucinations as part of the grieving process following a death (e.g. briefly seeing or hearing the deceased person). It’s important to note that in such cases, hallucinations are a normal/anticipated reaction to a life event. Having hallucinations does not automatically mean that someone is “crazy” or schizophrenic.

A medical/mental health professional should be consulted if the person experiencing hallucinations also appears detached from reality. Stay with them until they receive help.

Remember, people who experience hallucinations are just that; people first and foremost.

Read More:

Voice Collective
National Institutes of Health- Hallucinations
Child Mind Institute- Schizophrenia

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About Traci S. Williams-Nurse

Dr. Traci Williams-Nurse is a licensed psychologist who specialized in child, adolescent and family psychology. Her interests include child development, family functioning, video games and food. She was born and raised in Trinidad & Tobago and currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
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2 Responses to What It’s Like To Hear Voices from The Children Who Do

  1. Gledwood says:

    Yeah you’re right that hallucinations of any type don’t necessarily denote craziness. You so often hear “auditory hallucinations” ~ and by this people nearly always seem to mean “hearing voices” ~ although when I was severely “ill” what I heard more of than anything was weird random inexplicable noises, not just “voices”. Also if you look up “bipolar” you’ll see that some people with that diagnosis “hear voices” and yet barely anywhere you’ll see any detail about what these bipolar voices actually say, or whether there’s any difference between “bipolar” and “schizophrenic” “voices”. My diagnosis is “schizoaffective”, not bipolar and the doctor said a big reason was that I seemed to be hallucinating too floridly to be just bipolar.
    Like you say Hearing Voices doesn’t necessarily make anyone mad. The diagnostic criteria for schizophrenia emphasize that a person must experience a marked decrease in the level of functioning at school, at work, or socially, to be eligable for the “schizophrenic” diagnosis… a fact that many many people, including mental health professionals who should know better, seem conveniently to forget FAR TOO MUCH OF THE TIME~!!

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