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Non-psychotic auditory hallucinations in children and adolescents

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Hemamali Perera ,

Professor, Department of Psychological Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, LK
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Udena Attygalle,

Registrar in Psychiatry, Lady Ridgeway Hospital for Children, Colombo, LK
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Chandima Jeewandara,

Medical Officer in Psychiatry, Lady Ridgeway Hospital for Children, Colombo, LK
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Vijini Jayawardena

Senior Registrar in Psychiatry Lady Ridgeway Hospital for Children, Colombo, LK
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Abstract

Non-psychotic auditory hallucinations are described in children and adolescents in association with a range of psychopathological and social circumstances, including disorders of emotions and conduct, abuse and family dysfunction. A variety of phenomena and aetiological factors have been identified in scientific literature to explain the existence of non-psychotic auditory hallucinations. We present a series of twelve cases where auditory hallucinations were prominent. The objective of the discussion is to draw attention to the range of presentations, the influence of underlying psychosocial factors in symptom formation, the inadequacies of the main diagnostic classifications, the importance of diagnostic accuracy, the level of clinical skills required and the cultural factors influencing clinical presentation.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4038/sljpsyc.v2i1.3159

SL J Psychiatry 2011; 2 (1): 9-12

DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljpsyc.v2i1.3159
How to Cite: Perera, H. et al., (2011). Non-psychotic auditory hallucinations in children and adolescents. Sri Lanka Journal of Psychiatry. 2(1), pp.9–12. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljpsyc.v2i1.3159
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Published on 29 Jun 2011.
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