At night my friend has recently had disturbing experiences when she is alone. She is worried she is going insane and fears telling the doctor about her experience because of this. I am trying to encourage her to do this anyway because I'm sure there are numerous things it could be physically causing it, or even if it is something psychological she should get help.
It has started recently and is now happening each night when everyone is in bed and she is alone in her room. She is 21.
She first of all heard a whispering woman, which progressed into mumbling. Last night it was (for the first time) a male voice, persistently mumbling. She is very distressed by this understandably. It is not noise she is hearing within the house or from outwith - she knows this is not a noise audible to others but only herself.
Is there some anonymous number she can call to discuss her experience or can anyone here provide advice? If we can have other likely possibilities to look at other than something psychological, maybe she will go to the doctors.
I even thought of tinnitus. But I don't know if it is only old people who get this - because my only experience of it is my Gran, whom hears singing in her ears often. Is it possible my friend of 21 could have this or something like it?
She worries it is psychological most I think, whereas I am worried for her in case it is a brain tumour or something terrifyingly serious.
Please help me here on what it could be, the large and small possibilities so I can try to persuade her to go and get herself checked out. She is scared that she will get locked up or something and her choices taken away from her. But I don't want her to have to continue in this way.