Kids Who Hear Voices Not That Unusual

Some children develop imaginary friends. This is a natural activity during childhood. Parents should not get unduly concerned over the matter. Eventually your child should develop relations with people of flesh and blood. Of course, I’m not saying that such a development won’t require a push from somebody else; you just sort of have to adopt a wait and see attitude about the matter.

Now here’s a news release from Reuter’s saying that some children—Oh my gosh!—hear voices.

Nearly 1 in 10 seven- to eight-year-olds hears voices that aren’t really there, according to a new study.

Although this may seem like a good reason for you to reach for the phone and call a shrink, hold on.

But most children who hear voices don’t find them troubling or disruptive to their thinking, the study team found. “These voices in general have a limited impact in daily life,” Agna A. Bartels-Velthuis of University Medical Center Groningen in The Netherlands wrote in an email to Reuters Health.

The volume can be turned down.

Up to 16 percent of mentally healthy children and teens may hear voices, the researchers note in the British Journal of Psychiatry. While hearing voices can signal a heightened risk of schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders in later life, they add, the “great majority” of young people who have these experiences never become mentally ill.

So much for all the hoopla, if we can offer refuge to a few imaginary friends for a spell, we can put up with a few voices that aren’t there for a period. Eventually, just like the imaginary friends, the voices should vacate the premises.