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Forum Name: Psychiatric Topics

Question: daughter hearing voices

 jasron - Mon Aug 16, 2010 11:23 am

My daughter (age 7) said she heard a voice in her head for the first time yesterday. It was a "scary man's deep voice" who yelled at her for praying in church. I dismissed this as her imagination. Since then, today, she has heard the same voice several times today, saying nonsense sentences (The dog can fly, etc.). She is starting to get a little freaked out by it, as am I. Should I be concerned?
 Faye Lang, RN, MSW - Sun Aug 22, 2010 11:40 pm


Hearing voices at such a young age is extremely unusual. Has she had any changes in health or is she using any medications for anything, including antibiotics? Medications can contribute to some pretty strange symptoms at times. Are there any other unusual symptoms? Does she have imaginary friends? Was there anything unusual happening to her or within your family in the week or so before she first heard the voice? Is she particularly focused on religion? Have there been any significant stories told to the children in church recently? Children can develop very unusual coping strategies, but this really is unusual.

There are few psychiatric diagnoses that can be identified or applied in childhood, other than conduct disorders, autism, Asperger's Syndrome, attention-deficit disorders and depression. If the voice continues, have your daughter's health status checked by your doctor or pediatrician. If there is no identified physical reason for the symptom, please consider having your daughter evaluated by a child psychologist or child psychiatrist, to be sure there is no incipient psychological disorder.

Good luck. Please let me know what you find out.

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