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Anyone here have experience with hearing distressing voices?

IainJammyboyIainJammyboy Posts: 834 Part of The Mix Family
I really don't want to worry anyone with this post, I just wanted to try and reach out again. I just wanted to know if there was anyone out there that has experience with hearing distressing voices quite regularly? I've tried reaching out on other websites but usually the people I come across make it as a part of their personality or it's god sending them a message from heaven just for a couple examples. It just makes me feel so alone and honestly horrified about these thoughts and stuff they force me to do, I never want to hurt anyone but looking over my childhood it explains alot of what i went through. I feel like at this point I'm just a horrible person and I need to be locked up, I don't feel safe and I'm worried I will lose control at any point but I really don't want all this to define me as a person. They tell me to kill myself and in which they forced me into it a couple times, and they also tell me to kill other people but I can fight against that forced thought. I really don't understand whether it is these voices or if it's just normal, or if I am just a horrible person - I would never ever want to do this but I feel I'm going to lose control. Anyone else out there?


  • support_squad23support_squad23 Posts: 113 The Mix Convert
    Hi there @IainJammyboy

    Thank you for opening up and sharing this here, it takes great strength to talk about personal concerns such as these. I can see that these voices are causing you quite a lot of distress. Voices can feel intrusive, unbearable and unrelenting at times, it makes sense that you're finding this hard. This seems to have been made all the more difficult by the fact that you have been unable to find people who make you feel less alone in this struggle. I am here with you, to work through this together. This doesn't define you as a person, I can see your determination and perseverance to find a way to navigate this.

    It appears that these urges are becoming increasingly challenging to manage. You deserve to receive support and care for this. I am going to attach some links here which provide specialist support for hearing voices:

    These links include peer support groups, in which you can connect with others experiencing auditory hallucinations too:

    It might also be of use to think about arranging an appointment with the GP. This would be a great next step in accessing support to help keep you safe.

    If you continue to feel unsafe, please do not hesitate to call 111, 999 or attend A&E. May I ask whether you are experiencing suicidal thoughts at the moment?

    Take care
  • IainJammyboyIainJammyboy Posts: 834 Part of The Mix Family
    @support_squad23 thank you. I have a psychiatrist appointment on Monday where I'll find out why I'm suffering so much but I've been thinking of attempting again, not that I want to die but because the voices in my head are telling me to. I guess as well as the voices I'm just really worried about Monday, I know I don't want to have to life with this with the rest of my life but I am so so worried I'll just be told it's anxiety or depression, and that I'm just over exaggerating everything. It kind of feels like at this point that I'm just making all this up, I don't understand
  • Ed_Ed_ Moderator Posts: 1,551 Extreme Poster
    edited May 2023
    Hey @IainJammyboy - I'm really pleased you felt able to reach out to talk about how you are feeling about the appointment on Monday and also about what the voices are telling you to do. It shows great courage and strength to be able to open up when things are feeling this way.

    I can really hear how damaging it would be to have your experiences dismissed on Monday or to be told there is no solution. Do you think you will feel able to say this to the psychiatrist at the appointment? I would expect them to be able to talk through these concerns with you and hopefully be able to explain what the options are. If you don't feel able to talk to them about these worries, I wonder if you could have a go at writing down what you would like to say, that way if you aren't able to say it out loud, you could just give them what you have written to read. You have done so well explaining this to us, so you could always just copy and paste some of what you have written here.

    The important thing to know is that there is support out there for hearing voices. As @support_squad23 has mentioned, the voices collective do quite a lot of work in this area and they have actually worked on a few articles with The Mix to talk through ways of getting on top of the voices. Have you had a look at this article?

    Finally, I did want to check in as to how safe you are feeling right now? It can be really hard when the voices are telling you to harm yourself, do you feel able to say no to what they are telling you to do? If you ever feel like the answer to that question may be no, we would encourage you to seek support from the emergency services by calling 999. I am just including a few other options to seek support that can help when the feelings are intense:
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  • support_squad23support_squad23 Posts: 113 The Mix Convert
    Hi @IainJammyboy

    Just checking in to see how things are going? We are here to listen if you want to chat about the recent appointment and how you've been feeling. You deserve to receive care and support during such a difficult time.

    Take care
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