Voices

I get asked fairly frequently “is it ok to hear voices in your head?”. I always say it depends on what the voices are saying. You have good voices and bad voices.

We constantly have conversations with ourselves/ conscious whether in our minds or saying things out loud. They appear more when we are stressed, depressed, or anxious. It could be a voice telling you to get out of bed, giving you reminders, telling you to calm down in angry situations. Those thoughts are ok but when people say “I hear voices” it automatically implies they’re seeing ghosts, possessed by demons, about to enter the dark world; but realistically that isn’t the case, and there’s more to it.

Yes, we can look into Schizophrenia and if that is something that concerns you, please see a doctor however, I’d like to keep this post as light as possible. Linked to Psychosis, Schizophrenia is briefly described as seeing things and hearing voices usually due to beliefs and delusions. When I am questioned, people ask if it’s ok for them to talk to themselves. I always say if the voices are harmful to you or others or negative in any way please speak to someone professional and visit the hospital as they will run particular tests and bring in the mental health team, even section you if necessary. However, in a positive way our conscious is considered our personal hype man. We can all Google, speak to someone, research what to do in life but we need that voice as inner motivation. That voice that tells you to go for that promotion, text your crush back, visit your family over the weekend. You need your thoughts to be your cheerleader and these voices can sometimes be comforting especially if you live alone or have been alone in general and can help you understand your emotions and way of thinking.