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

Disclaimer: The article does not replace an evaluation by a physician. Information on this page is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes.

  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.

    Depression's course is highly variable, and it may last weeks, months, or years.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, abdominal pain (stomach ache), nausea, headache, stomach bloating
    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.

    In many cases, symptoms can be well managed with medication and counseling, allowing the patient to function normally within society.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    impaired social or occupational functioning, hearing voices, hearing voices or seeing things that aren't there, belief that thoughts are being controlled, delusions
    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.

    Depression's course is highly variable, and it may last weeks, months, or years.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, depressed mood, headache, anxiety, irritability
    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.

    Bipolar disorder I is a chronic (lifelong) mental illness.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, irritability, depressed mood, difficulty concentrating, 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.

    Lupus is a chronic condition but symptoms can be managed.

    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.

    This is a lifelong condition.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    depressed mood, irritability, 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.

    Indefinite

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, being severely ill, loss of appetite, new headache, vomiting
    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.Do you have periods of feeling very energetic and not requiring much sleep?
  • Q.Was your fall:
  • Q.Have you experienced any nausea?
  • Q.Do you notice your heart beating hard, rapidly, or irregularly (also called palpitations)?

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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% Headache
    • 3% Nausea
    • 3% Fatigue
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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