ELI5, Schizophrenic Voices. Are they “legitimate” voices in your head, or more like an extra intrusive normal voice similar to you saying to yourself in your head, “I need to buy bread today”.

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ELI5, Schizophrenic Voices. Are they “legitimate” voices in your head, or more like an extra intrusive normal voice similar to you saying to yourself in your head, “I need to buy bread today”.

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https://youtu.be/LWYwckFrksg
To watching this video cuz it is very good at explaining exactly what it is like to deal with a schizophrenic episode.,

People who experience schizophrenia hear voices that are paranoid and condescending and scared.

They appear to the person suffering from them as separate entities speaking to them, not as part of their inner monologue.

The really interesting thing is how it presents differently in different cultures. In Europe and North America, the voices are almost always negative or hostile, telling the person to harm themselves or others or encouraging paranoia.

A study done in India and Ghana found that the voices heard by schizophrenia sufferers usually present as if they were deities or ancestors guiding the person with advice. Many people report getting advice from the voices that in some cases saved their lives. Mostly, the worst interaction people in these countries have with those voices is when the voices are nagging them to finish household chores.

You ‘hear’ them as distinct, (at times very loud) actual voices. They can be someone you knows voice or a voice you’ve never heard before. Imagine it like a radio playing in your head, rather than your thinking voice.

I have bp1, and it sounds like a voice outside my head. It sometimes sounds robotic. I don’t hear it often, but it scares me when I do.

Under normal circumstances, it’s like a radio playing in the background. But you can’t control the volume or turn it off, which is why it affects concentration and ability to carry out tasks. For me, it even seems to have commercials sometimes, which is really weird and annoying…

During an actual episode, it’s more interactive, like a game show, with the voices guiding toward doing different things, or asking me to make something or look something up. In the more advanced stages of the episodes, they start sort of demanding to transcribe a message, that’s meant for some person who I might or might not know, and then maybe provide a means to deliver it.

It definitely doesn’t feel like it’s like I’m the one coming up with it, bc sometimes I have to look up words I’m being asked to transcribe, or it’s about some topic that I don’t really know much about or don’t have much interest in, and I have to look up something or watch youtube videos to figure out if I’m getting it right.