I don’t mean to alarm you but hearing voices is a concern. It is important that you are evaluated by a physician as soon as possible. As you noted, these symptoms have become increasingly more problematic. At first the voices were gentle and calm but they gradually became aggressive and frightening. The fact that your symptoms have progressed is precisely why you need to take action immediately.
Hearing voices is associated with psychotic disorders. I’m not saying you have a psychotic disorder, because it’s impossible for me to verify a psychiatric diagnosis without having interviewed you, but it is a concern. Without treatment, you are at risk of developing a psychotic disorder; thus, it’s imperative to receive help. The doctor will determine what the problem might be and develop an appropriate treatment plan.
It’s possible that your doctor will also prescribe medication. Medication can significantly decrease or eliminate the voices and possibly prevent the development of a psychotic episode. When it comes to the development of a psychotic disorder, prevention and early treatment are profoundly important. Medication might be what is needed to prevent a psychotic episode.
Report these symptoms to your mother even if it means that she will be worried about you. She needs to be aware of your symptoms. Next, ask if she will take you to see a mental health professional. Once you meet with a mental health professional, report your symptoms. The mental health professional will then advise you about your next steps. I hope that you will follow my advice and seek treatment immediately. Hearing voices, especially aggressive and frightening voices, is a symptom that requires immediate intervention. Please take care.
Dr. Kristina Randle
Mental Health & Criminal Justice Blog