Do people with paranoid schizophrenia hear voices?

Hearing voices or other sounds that aren't really there is a distinguishing characteristic of paranoid schizophrenia. Often, these auditory hallucinations do involve voices. People with paranoid schizophrenia may actually hear voices that are often very unpleasant, harassing them or telling them to do harmful things. Because they cannot interpret reality, they may grow to have delusions because of the voices. This can cause serious problems, as people with the disorder may harm themselves or put themselves in dangerous situations because of these hallucinations.

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Paranoid Schizophrenia

Distorted thinking, feeling that people are after you, hearing things that others don't - these are just few symptoms of paranoid schizophrenia. It is a complex, debilitating illness that typically shows first symptoms in early ad...

ult years. You have difficulty keeping friends, jobs, feeling frightened and withdrawn much of the time. The pattern of episodes is different for every person - some have just one psychotic episode, while others have them time after time. With treatment, especially medication, it is possible to get some control over symptoms and have better quality of life.
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