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Case Reports in Psychiatry
Volume 2013, Article ID 659698, 3 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/659698
Case Report

Auditory Hallucinations in a Deaf Patient: A Case Report

1Team for Psychotic Disorders, Aalborg Psychiatric Hospital, Aalborg University Hospital, Brandevej 5, 9000 Aalborg, Denmark
2Unit for Psychiatric Research, Aalborg Psychiatric Hospital, Aalborg University Hospital, Mølleparkvej 10, 9000 Aalborg, Denmark
3Institue of Clinical Medicine, Aarhus University, 8200 Aarhus, Denmark

Received 12 May 2013; Accepted 25 June 2013

Academic Editors: J. S. Brar, T. Nagata, and J. Saiz-Ruiz

Copyright © 2013 Natalia Pedersen and René Ernst Nielsen. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

This case report describes the progression of symptoms in a young deaf female. Her initial psychotic symptoms occur at the age of 16, but she did not come into contact with a psychiatric treatment facility before the age of 27, where she felt symptoms were distressing. The case report describes the difficulties in evaluating psychotic symptoms in a deaf patient, as well as the use of specialized scales in combination with the standard psychiatric evaluation. The current evidence, concerning the prevalence of psychotic symptoms, as well as the influence of deafness on the understanding of psychosis, is described.