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What is ‘hearing voices’?

Sometimes, people think that others are talking about them, trying to
hurt them, or plotting to harm them. Occasionally the thought lasts
for a short time, especially when people are under stress. At other
times, this thought lasts for a long time and becomes a firm belief. No
matter how much you try to reassure them that there is nothing to
worry about, the suspicious thoughts do not go away. Such thoughts are called delusions.

‘Hearing voices’ is when someone hears people talking even
when there is no one around. This experience is called a
hallucination. Often, these voices take on an unpleasant
character. For example, the voices may say nasty things about
the person. Occasionally the voices may talk directly to the
person and tell her to do things, such as to hurt herself or
others.

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