Psychiatry & Psychology--General/voice in head


I very frequently hear my own voice silently (yet "loudly") speaking in my mind addressing and talking to me- much like hearing my own thoughts except that it asks me questions/ gives me orders/ makes statements etc and uses the words "You" (referring to me) or "We"(referring to me and the voice). It is benign but quite annoying (as although it is voiceless, it is loud enough that I'm always aware of it plus it is so constant) although many years ago I went through a period when it spoke very aggressively towards me. More recently I believed Jesus was talking to me through this voice of mine.  I was told that I have an inner voice, but not of the sort a psychotic might hear- 1)Do you agree with this or does it sound like a symptom of some type of mental illness- if so which type?
2) What are the differences between a voice a person with schizophrenia might hear and an "inner voice", i.e. what are the characteristics of each?
3) Does the fact that I thought Jesus was speaking to me possibly indicate schizophrenic delusions?

There is a very famous quote: When you talk to God, it is called prayer.......when God talks to you, it is called schizophrenia!!
The inner voice that one may hear is more 'felt' than 'heard loudly.' It may suggest rather than 'order, command, or talk aggressively.' I would suggest you to get a psychiatric consultation at your comfort.
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Dr. Gurvinder Kalra, MD


I can answer questions related to Psychiatric illnesses, their management, relationship issues etc.


I have completed my Masters in Psychiatry. Currently I am working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at L.T.M.Medical College & L.T.M.General Hospital, Mumbai, India.

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MD Psychiatry, Diploma in Psychiatry, M.B.B.S

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1. A.V. SHAH BEST RESEARCH PAPER AWARD, at the 38th Annual Conference of Indian Psychiatry Society- West Zone Branch, Nagpur, India, 13th Oct 2007. 2. BOMBAY PSYCHIATRIC SOCIETY SILVER JUBILEE NATIONAL AWARD, at the 60th Annual National Conference of Indian Psychiatric Society (ANCIPS), in Kolkata on 4th January, 2008. 3. 2nd prize in the free paper session for presenting the paper “Sexual Attitudes & Behaviours in Individuals above 50” at the 24th National Conference of Sexology held in Jaipur in September, 2008. 4. BHAGWAT NATIONAL AWARD, for Co author of “Study of Emotional Intelligence in Medical Postgraduates”. The Study was presented in the 61st Annual National Conference of Indian Psychiatric Society (ANCIPS), in Agra on 6th January, 2009. 5. 1st prize in the Dr.S.M.Lulla Post Graduate Quiz held in July 2006 at Department of Psychiatry, T.N.M.C. Mumbai, India. 6. Won the Post Graduate Debate on “Involuntary Treatment in Psychiatric Patients is Unjust”, 2nd March 2008, T.N.M.C. Mumbai, India.

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