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Okay, I'm a 14 year old girl and I hear voices. No one else hears them, but I know I'm not just imagining it. There are three of them and only one has a name: her name is Haruhi, and the other two just have me call them "him/he" and "her/she". Basically, Haruhi's mean and insults me and makes fun of everything I do. He is pretty much just the person I go to to talk about my problems and She's nice but doesn't talk much because Haruhi gets mad if she tries to comfort me.

I told my friend about this once and she said I was mental (except in kinder words). She also ended up telling the psychologist at our school and she said that I seem to have most of the "negative characteristics" of a schizophrenic (I'm pretty much antisocial) and she wants to send me to therapy.

The thing is - I don't think I'm crazy. Him, Her and Haruhi have to be real - I can talk to them and they talk back. Am I really a schizophrenic?
I guess I just want another opinion before I officially go to therapy.

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replied May 24th, 2010
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The data you provided (hearing three voices that no one else can hear, each voice with particular role, age 14) might be related to schizophrenia.

Schizophrenia is a mental disorder that is characterized with abnormalities in expression or perception of reality. These people might see or hear things that other people do not or might have distorted perception of real events. They might interpret the events in a different manner. Sometimes they might recognize people or places inappropriately (for example, to tell a parent that s/he is a famous movie star). One fact that distinguishes these people from other disorders is that they are completely persuaded that the source of perception exists (voice, sound, image) and they completely believe the distorted reality. This is a big problem, because the person has no way to recognize the symptoms and often does not accept the fact that he or she needs treatment.

Schizophrenia most often appears in young people between 15 and 25 years of age. The treatment includes anti-psychotic drugs recommended by a psychiatrist whom you are advised to see. What you have to remember is that the medications are to be taken regularly as recommended by the doctor. There might be side effects (ask the doctor for possible side effects), but the medications are not to be stopped unless the doctor allows you to, because the symptoms would return very soon.

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