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6 year old tells me he hears voice in his head

My 6 year old son keeps telling me that his brain is telling him bad things.  This morning he was upset because his brain kept saying "I'm right" over and over and he says he can't stop it.  He says it gives him a headeache.  He usually won't tell me what he hears because he says they are bad words that he is not supposed to say.  He's been telling me this for awhile and I just kind of tell him that it's normal but I'm not so sure it is???We do have mental illness in our family (bipolar disorder) but I don't believe this is related.  Is it really normal that he would be hearing these things?
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This does NOT sound normal to me.  One of the questions asked when I was getting a diagnosis for my son was about hearing voices and talking to himself.  I know as a parent the difference between imagination and hearing voices is hard to determine at this age, but it is obviously upsetting him and should be looked into soon.  If it ends up being nothing you've given yourself and your son peace of mind.  If it ends up being a problem than you are getting the tools to help your son.  
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Yes, I think this should be assessed.  With kids, they will often tell you that their "brain tells them to do something" but that is different than voices.  It sounds like your son can not quiet his thoughts or is hearing voices.  I think a mental health professional can help you in answering if this is the begining of a disorder or if it is normal kid stuff.  good luck
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Sounds like he's showing signs of schizophrenia, and it's NOT normal to hear voices until you become upset. Take him to a doctor ASAP.
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My 6 year old son has told me he can hear voices in his head that tell him to do bad things........to his baby sister and to himselve I fell like I can't take my eyes off him. He is going though a medical assesment at the moment but the voices in his head have told him to do really bad stuff but it hurts me to say that my son has said he no longer wonts to be here and die and his only 6 and the voices in his head are going to help him
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we all have voices in our heads some stronger than others.
We don't always admit it but we all have  thought process that is like a voice in our heads.  I know for a sensitive child if around many unspoken negative feelings, they will sence it as a bad voice in their head. Learning to " clear the air " around him by talking about difficult feelings or situations can help.  go to family therapy and safe your son from anguish and you too:)
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I'm sorry but am i the only one who finds this post amazing. Have you ever seen a movie or heard a news story about people who hear voices. Its never good and always should be treated with urgency. just the fact that your child is having headaches because of the voices should get him a trip to the doctors. I don't mean to sound like I'm apathetic because I'm not but this is a no brainer right?
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My 6 Y/O grandson is hearing voices telling him to hate his mother,  and father,  the voices are making him cry, " because they will not stop".  He now is saying  the "DEVIL" is telling him to kill his mother.   He is depressed, has lost 2 lbs,(  and he was a preemie and is tiny to begin with).  He has begged his mom to tae him to the hospital.  The voices/devil has him wanting to call  his loved ones all bad names.  He is asking his mom to make it stop.
  My little guy,  has always been the sweetest,  most loving, cutest little guy that has ever existed.  schitzo disorders usually manifest in the mid teens.  Please  if anyone out there  had even the slightest idea of any  diagnosis that fits this behavior,  please please   share  it.  
My daughter has him at the Hospital right now,  trying to get to the bottom of this,  
any infor anyone can share will be so very helpful
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candyGramma
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Both dissociations, compulsive thoughts and Tourettes comes to my mind. It is not rare with bizzarre content in compulsive thoughts and they may make one being scared of loosing control. When it comes to Tourettes disorder is the mechanism in this on the spectre of compulsive thoughts and may also trying to get the person affected to say involuntary things. Dissociations is a defence mechanism which shield the person from traumatic events and something everyone do once in a time, it is when it gets extreme that it can be a serious problem. From simple things like repression of thoughts and daydreaming to more serious things like 'possession by the devil' and multiple personalities may dissociations manifest itself.
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Thank you , Chris.   I think you hit the nail on the head.   The preliminary Dx was OCD.  Thank you , again,  so very much.
CandyGramma
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My son never thought he was possessed.  He thought that the devil was saying something to him in his mind ONLY after my idiot husband decided it was a good time to tell him about religion and said the devil is putting this stuff in his mind.

And how did this Chris "hit the nail on the head" by saying that he has dissociations, compulsive thoughts and Tourettes?  He was diagnosed with OCD.  Look it up and read about it.  It is a classic case.

My baby said his brain has a mind of his own and his thoughts were getting progressively worse as I was telling him his thoughts were "okay" and "normal."  Then, and only then, did it get worse.  

Please do not post anymore personal information on the internet about my baby.  
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Not to interrupt to much, but I meant that those three things could each be a possibility alone. So either dissociations, compulsive thoughts or Tourettes was what I meant.
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The thing is that "to hear voices" are often being thought of as "to hearing external voices" which can make something which is not a big problem into crazyness. Especially children, but also adults, may talk about intrusive thoughts as voices, and so it is important to find out if the person is talking about "internal voices" or "external voices". If no other symptoms on mental illness are shown, "internal voices" are often the case and in this sphere both compulsive thoughts, impulse control disorders, Tourettes and dissociations lies.

When I was younger I used dissociation as a defence mechanism when people and pets I loved died. I made them into fantasy friends so I still could have contact with them. When I later got in contact with a psychologist because of some other mental illness, I said that I talked with the deads and the psychologist took it right away as "external voices" and hallucinations when it in facts were "internal protective voices". She did not figure me out since I had no other symptoms of psychosis or so. The next psychologist I went to figured it out because she saw it as "internal voices".

So the thing is, voices should be cleary sorted out before attempting to say anything about it. "Internal voices" can even be healthy and according to the psychologist Lev Vygotsky it is an important aid in development of language.  
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My stepson and I were reading his little bible stories tonight and we got to the ten commandments and he said, "I say **** God and **** Jesus in my head, and I can't help it. I don't want to, after I think it I tell him I don't really mean it." he says he prays for it to go away. Yikes, where do I turn? He is currently being treated for a tick.
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Ok, to clarify... I have OCD, you do NOT hear voices! I know many others with this condition & none "hear voices". I'm not sure what "research" you did, but hearing voices is NOT classic OCD. It is however, classic disassosiative & multiple personality disorder.
Please do not post misinformation about this disorder.
If you want to know what OCD is just ask.
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535822 tn?1443980380
It could be your stepson has been hearing other people/ children saying things about religion, or on TV or the computer, has he access to the Computer ?
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My 5 year old is going thru same thing. She says the right ear is bad voice and left is good. She cries all the time saying she wants to be good but the bad voice says not too! I'm not sure when to worry!! She hadn't said anything else about then except that the bad voice tells her not to listen!
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Again does your daughter have access to watching anything scary on TV or the Computer, there are some nasty things on nowadys  has she any olde siblings may also be listening to ?
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We are going through something similar that has started this week with my four year old. It's breaking my heart and has me in years. Is he medicated? Any improvement?
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This is a theory i have about my 4 year old brother. Is there any medicines, or drugs out there that may be associated with this kind of behavior and the child might've got ahold of some or possibly tricked into taking them? If so, what can be done in identifying which one he could've  ingested.
Best of luck to all,
Apollo
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189897 tn?1441130118
   Margypops has pretty well identified the usual cause.  I highly doubt that any medicines or drugs could cause this.  And they would be out of the system by now anyway.
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my 8 yr old has been telling me from time to time that his brain tells him to hurt himself.. it has only happened like 3-4 times in 2yr period but does anyone have any ideas if this is just his age, or could there be something up?
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I find this is very helpful comment. May I ask what you are basing it on?   -Fred
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I base it on my own life. And a family therapist I know.
It is hard to be grown up and have very strong negative feelings
AND ADMIT IT.
so often, without knowledge,  these feelings are projected on the most vulnerable member of the family and then everybody else can feel god about them self. This is " making of the black sheep" in the family. Sometimes this family pattern runs so deep and is so  old that everybody have to be crying for years if they EVER ADMIT their true and strong overvelming feelings. Which btw. are often carried through generations. Don't forget the spiritual aspect of life and use every faith method that you feel in your heart will help.
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i hope things have got better for you my nephew is going thr the very same thing he is 7 and says ghosts are in his head and telling him to kill his Mother and his brother
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My step- son is 5 years old been hearing a voice in his head. I don't know what to do  either does his father. He tells us the voice tell him to do bad things. Like take his poop and  smear it everywhere and pee himself other bad things. I was talking to him to night bc he smeared  poop all over him self and the walls. I asked him why and he to me the voice said to do it. I said does the voice have a name? He said yes and his name was  Pettifer and he is 60 years old. He moved down with us bc he was to much for his mom to handle. We try everything to get him to stop these things. I even walked in his room to check on him and he had my daughter  Barbie  Naked and was doing things to it. I ask him why he said the voice and he has a bad  Brain.
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He understands right and wrong I sat him down with  flashcards and ask him if someone  stealing is that right or wrong he said wrong. I said helping someone who fell down right or wrong he said right. He knows what he is doing is wrong. I don't know if he is doing this bc of him moving down he been living here for 7  months now. He was also doing this at his Mom's house.
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My son is 5 year old and is telling that some one surrounded him and tell him to do bad things, when that happen he changed how he was like in a snap of a finger he he went quiet like he was tired and saying he scared of the dark.
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I have studied Psychology and this is not an example of dissociation or OCD OR Tourettes. It is Schizophrenia and these children are having episodes of psychosis. They need to be treated by mental health professionals.
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You may not take my suggestion but just think on it if you are a religious person take him to a religious leader or church prayer never hurts anyone...there may be something going on with him that is out of your control...You may not believe but teach your  child to say JESUS when he hear the voice and ask him does the voices stop. If you have tried everything else try this because this my save your child life
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Again you may not take my suggestion but just think about it. This is a situation that you have little control over because the voices is in the child head. You may not be religious but you can think on it. Tell the child to say JESUS when he hear the voices tell him to do bad things tell him to say over an over until the voices stop. Ask him if the voices stop. Get the child the additional help he needs
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People my report my comments that is fine with me I only have suggestions but if my comments offend you so much explain why? What is the reason that this offend you so much to suggest something that may help? Society is so saturated with information and suggestion  I know anything religious is stayed away from but I will say what is true im not forcing my views only suggestions..i hope that the individuals get the help they need but know this I will never be ashamed of the name of JESUS . And his name is able to come againt every negative thought or voice or sickness or illness..the name is powerful. Also doctors are a blessing to help up too. I hope you receive the help you need ..sighning off
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Having had a daughter, a husband and a mother in law with bipolar disorder please please please get your son checked and don't let them tell you he is too young. Audio hallucinations can occur with untreated bipolar and current research shows that children can have bipolar disorder. My daughter is 30 and is a hopeless drug addict - and part of the reason is because doctors and psychiatrists ignored my pleas to test her for bipolar disorder.  Saying a prayer!!!
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You comment does offend me. And since you asked for an explanation why someone would be offended, this is it;
There is a reason, when someone breaks their leg, they go to a medical professional rather than a priest. Just like your family doctor has been educated and trained to heal a fractured bone, a psychologist has been educated and trained to heal a fractured mind.
Certain priests might have some psychological training, sure, but ultimately if someone is religious I'm sure they will seek the advice of their own priest/elder/whatever on their own. They don't need advice in a medical forum to do that. It's not helpful.
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To the OP:
Hearing (external) voices is usually associated with schizophrenia, however, in a child that young, it's hard to say whether it's external or internal voices, as others have said. Plus, also as others have already said, schizophrenia usually doesn't manifest until teen years, so it would be unlikely if that were it, though not impossible. I would suggest getting him to a qualified child psychologist as soon as possible.
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There is a strong link between vitamin B12 and schizophrenia an other brain issues. There might be an absorption issue (lack of intrinsic factor in the stomach). sublingual B12 can be tried (you can't overdose on it) just to see if it makes a difference. Perhpas read the book called "Could it be B12?"
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A bad chemical imbalance can cause the voices. Have him tested immediately! My brother heard voices until he almost committed suicide. Different doctors told us all sorts of things but a good dose of Paxil was all it took to fix everything. He was completely normal after a year.
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