Get your head out of the gutter. Or was that premature? 😉
New findings indicate nearly one in five college-age students has been startled awake by an abrupt, loud noise that doesn’t actually exist. Known as “exploding head syndrome,” the psychological condition appears to be more common and disruptive than previously thought.
I identify with the symptoms, but don’t fall in the demographic. But that’s part of the research – better refinement and understanding.
It’s also a good moment to remind ourselves that hearing voices is not a sign of mental illness. There are a wide range of experiences for people who hear voices, and that many of them don’t fit the typical definitions. A large issue with this is stigma. Our culture is quick to judge and subsequently dismiss/marginalize (if not ostracize) such people.