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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Hearing Voices

The list below shows results from the use of our A.I. Health Assistant by Buoy users who experienced hearing voices. This list does not constitute medical advice.

  1. 1.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 or seeing things that aren't there, hearing voices, delusions, mind being read
    Symptoms that always occur with schizophrenia:
    hearing voices or seeing things that aren't there, impaired social or occupational functioning
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.Mental or Medical Condition Causing Thoughts of Suicide

    When experiencing thoughts of suicide, you should go immediately to the ER. Consider calling a suicide-prevention hotline, the number is 1 (800) 273-8255 and is available 24/7.

    Duration of this symptom depends on it's cause.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    thoughts of suicide, hearing voices or seeing things that aren't there, severe pelvis pain, loss of vision, hard testicle lump
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  3. 3.Depersonalization / Derealization Identity Disorder

    Depersonalization/Derealization Identity Disorder is when a person experiences unreality or detachment from one's mind, self or body or from one's surroundings.

    Progression is variable and highly personal.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    depersonalization or derealization, derealization, impaired social or occupational functioning, ringing in the ears, amnesia
    Symptoms that always occur with depersonalization/derealization identity disorder:
    depersonalization or derealization
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  4. 4.Vascular Dementia

    Vascular dementia is a disorder that causes trouble thinking and remembering things. It is caused by blocked or reduced blood flow to the brain.

    Lifelong condition

    Rarity:
    Common
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  5. 5.Alzheimer's Disease

    Alzheimer's disease is a progressive neurological disorder that slowly destroys memory and the ability to think clearly. As symptoms worsen, patients are often unable to perform basic tasks.

    Lifelong condition

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    trouble sleeping, forgetfulness, anxiety, aggression or confusion, anxiety, irritability, depressed mood
    Symptoms that always occur with alzheimer's disease:
    forgetfulness, anxiety, aggression or confusion
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  6. 6.Absence Seizure

    A seizure is a short episode of symptoms that is caused by a burst of abnormal electrical activity in the brain. Absence seizures are a specific type of seizure where a person has a brief loss of consciousness (an absence) for a few seconds. These episodes are much more common among younger people than adults, and may go unnoticed for a long time as they may look from outside as a momentary lapse in concentration.

    May continue during childhood for years, but very rarely into adulthood.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    brief fainting episode, inattentive staring, episodic inattentiveness or staring, poor academic performance
    Symptoms that always occur with absence seizure:
    inattentive staring
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  7. 7.Bipolar Disorder Type i

    Bipolar disorder is an illness of the brain that causes swings in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to function on a day-to-day basis. These symptoms are severe and unlike the normal ups and downs of life.

    Bipolar disorder is a chronic illness. More than 90% of people who have a single manic episode go on to have recurrent mood episodes. 60% of people have a manic episode right after a depressive one. Risk of suicide is 15X higher in people with bipolar disorder, which underscores the importance of treatment.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Urgency:
    In-person visit
  8. 8.New Migraine

    Migraines are headaches of moderate to severe intensity, which happen when blood vessels in the brain swell up. They are episodic and thus can recur often. Most migraine sufferers experience increased sensitivity to sounds and/or lights and become nauseous and vomit.

    Migraine symptoms may resolve within a day or two, but the condition can come and go for a year or more. If any particular episode is unusually severe or does not respond to your customary treatments, you may want to see a doctor urgently.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    new headache, fatigue, nausea, mild headache, headache that worsens when head moves
    Symptoms that always occur with new migraine:
    new headache
    Symptoms that never occur with new migraine:
    fever, diarrhea, productive cough, headache resulting from a head injury
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Hearing Voices

  • Q.Have you ever been diagnosed with a psychiatric issue, such as depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, or anxiety disorder?
  • Q.Do you have thoughts of hurting yourself?
  • Q.Are your symptoms causing difficulty at work, socializing, or spending time with friends & family?
  • Q.Do or did you suffer from alcohol abuse?

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Hearing Voices Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced hearing voices have also experienced:

    • 10% Anxiety
    • 9% Depressed Mood
    • 6% Hearing Voices or Seeing Things That Aren't There
  • People who have experienced hearing voices were most often matched with:

    • 46% Mental or Medical Condition Causing Thoughts of Suicide
    • 30% Depersonalization / Derealization Identity Disorder
    • 23% Schizophrenia
  • 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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