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Your Hearing Voices or Seeing Things That Aren't There May Also be Known as:
Hallucinating
Hearing things that aren't there
Seeing weird things

Top 7 Hearing Voices or Seeing Things That Aren't There Causes

  1. 1.Recurrent Depression

    Depression, once diagnosed, can often recur with new episodes. Sometimes these episodes can be similar to ones in the past, sometimes the symptoms can be different. It's good to be aware off the fact that people who had a depression before, remain vulnerable.

    You should discuss your symptoms with your primary care physician or psychiatrist. Resumption of, or adjustment to current treatment is often needed.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, abdominal pain (stomach ache), nausea, stomach bloating, loss of appetite
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.Schizophrenia

    Schizophrenia is a serious mental illness characterized by delusions, hallucinations, incoherent speech, disorganized or catatonic behavior, and negative symptoms. This disease causes significant social and occupational functioning.

    You should make an appointment with your primary care physician to discuss these symptoms. It is likely a referral to a psychiatrist is necessary and anti-psychotic medication will be prescribed.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    impaired social or occupational functioning, hearing voices, hearing voices or seeing things that aren't there
    Symptoms that always occur with schizophrenia:
    hearing voices or seeing things that aren't there, impaired social or occupational functioning
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  3. 3.Depression

    Depression is a mental disorder in which a person feels constantly sad, hopeless, discouraged, and loses interest in activities and life on more days than not. These symptoms interfere with daily life, work, and friendships.

    Contact your primary care physician to assess how urgent you should plan a visit to further discuss your symptoms. It is likely a referral to a psychiatrist, psychologist, or other mental health professional will be given. Treatment may include counseling, lifestyle changes, and medication.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, depressed mood, anxiety, irritability, headache
    Symptoms that always occur with depression:
    depressed mood
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  4. 4.Mild Bipolar Disorder i

    Bipolar disorder, which is sometimes called bipolar affective disorder, is a mental condition where a person's mood swings between two extremes. One extreme is called depression, where people feel low, sad, and blue. The other extreme is called mania, where people feel high, elated, overjoyed, and are full of energy.

    You should visit your primary care physician who will coordinate your care with a mental health professional such as a psychiatrist. Bipolar disorder is a serious condition which is treated with prescription medication (usually Lithium).

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, irritability, difficulty concentrating, depressed mood, trouble sleeping
    Symptoms that always occur with mild bipolar disorder i:
    periods of feeling very energetic and needing little sleep
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  5. 5.Lupus

    Lupus is a disease in which the immune system attacks healthy cells and tissues by mistake. This can damage joints, skin, blood vessels and organs.

    You should visit your primary care physician. There is no one test to diagnose lupus, and it may take months or years to make the diagnosis. There is no cure for lupus, but medicines and lifestyle changes can help control it.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, nausea, anxiety, depressed mood, joint pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  6. 6.Kleine - Levin Syndrome

    Kleine-Levin Syndrome is a rare disease that causes episodes of intense sleepiness paired with cognitive and behavioral changes.

    You should speak with your physician about these symptoms and potential treatment.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    irritability, depressed mood, daytime sleepiness, increased appetite compared to normal, sleeping more than usual
    Symptoms that always occur with kleine-levin syndrome:
    sleeping more than usual, daytime sleepiness, sleeping 12 or more hours a night
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  7. 7.Herpes Simplex Encephalitis

    Encephalitis is irritation and swelling (inflammation) of the brain, most often due to infections. Encephalitis caused by the herpes simplex virus is the leading cause of more severe cases in all ages, including newborns.

    You should go to the ER immediately, where doctors can administer anti-infectious medications as soon as possible. If left untreated, this diagnosis is deadly.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, being severely ill, loss of appetite, new headache, fever
    Symptoms that always occur with herpes simplex encephalitis:
    being severely ill
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Hearing Voices or Seeing Things That Aren't There

  • Q.How severe is your headache?
  • Q.How long has your fatigue been going on?
  • Q.Is your fatigue getting any better or worse?
  • Q.Is your fatigue constant or come-and-go?

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Hearing Voices or Seeing Things That Aren't There Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced hearing voices or seeing things that aren't there have also experienced:

    • 4% Trouble Sleeping
    • 4% Fatigue
    • 3% Headache

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