Doc' Asks if Voices I Hear are Male or Female
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Q:  Doc' Asks if the Voices I Hear are Male or Female


Why when you tell the doctor that you have had trouble with hearing voices, do they immediately ask if it is a male or female voice?

I can't answer them as I am never able to identify the voices. Is this wrong? does it mean that I am not really hearing them?

Three different doctors over the years have asked me this and I would like to know why.

billie
 

Hi Billie --
The doc' is likely trying to get a sense of how well-defined the voices you hear are. And sometimes if it's a voice you know, that might tell us something about the kind of diagnosis we should be considering; in particular I use this to look for post-traumatic-related symptoms, if the voice has something to do with the trauma setting (e.g. a female patient hears a man's voice, and she has a history of sexual abuse). That's my guess on why those doc's were asking you that one.

Dr. Phelps
 

Published March, 2004
 

 

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