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‘I hear voices’


Can you advise this student nurse?

“I’ve wanted to write for a while, but I’m terrified someone will identify me. For about a year now I’ve noticed that sometimes I hear voices and a sort of buzzing noise when no-one is around.

“I know that the voices aren’t real and they just say random things, it’s not like they tell me to kill people of anything, but I know that people would be scared of me if they knew.

“I’m studying children’s nursing and terrified to go see a doctor in case I get thrown off the course. Do GPs have to tell your university?

“It’s distracting sometimes but I swear it doesn’t affect my nursing skills! Am I safe to go to my GP about this without my university or placements finding out?”

- Anonymous


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Readers' comments (5)

  • I am also a student nurse who hears voices & I have not been discriminated against. Feel free to contact me if you'd like to talk more about it. I'm happy to discuss it privately. In my case my university has been really supportive. Hearing voices is not uncommon, especially if you're experiencing stress...and being a student nurse would class as stressful :)

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  • hotshiningsun

    I am a student nurse, with a past and current history of depression. I think it is definitely better to seek help, and I feel it can be an advantage as you will have a greater awareness of mental health issues, which I feel is lacking in general nursing.

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  • Are you sure it's not something like tinnitus rather than a mental type illness? Try your GP, I'm sure it's nothing to worry about.

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  • koffiewekker

    I have been completely open about my mental health with my university and have received excellent support from them.

    I would recommend that you see your GP and maybe the occupational health department at university, they will be able to offer you the best support and get you any help you might need.

    Having a mental health problem (If that turns out to be the case for you) definitely doesn't preclude you from being a nurse. In fact I'd go so far as the say that the experience, used wisely, can be a great advantage.

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  • There are plenty of nurses with what is known as 'lived experience' i.e. experience similar to those that you are caring for. But aside from that, just because you hear voices it doesn't mean there's a problem. There is only a problem if you feel these voices are causing you any difficulties or issues. If these voices help you in any way, be it a coping mechanism or something else, then who has a right to take these away from you? If you feel that they are scaring you or you do not like them, seek help. You won't be discriminated against. You are entering a profession that has a no tolerance attitude towards discrimination, it simply won't happen and if it ever did, then it is the other person that is in the wrong.

    I hope you find a solution to your problem.

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