Those Damned Voices In Your Head Keeping You Up All Night?

You may be going mad

A Grain of Salt | ElbyJames
2 min readApr 3, 2022


Who is that?

Who’s that in your head?

Are you going crazy? Are you going insane? Are you going mad? Who is this?

This voice is a voice of self-criticism, self-reinforcement, self-management, and social assessment. The voice won’t go away. It’s there every night.

You need to change. You need to let these past mistakes go, let bygones be bygones. Most of all you need to talk to someone before you have a heart attack or a stroke or worse . . . you die.

But you’re afraid.

You’re afraid of talking to someone; you’re afraid of talking to anyone. You’re afraid you’ll be laughed at or ridiculed or of what your friends will think about you. But you can’t bottle up your feelings. You can’t bottle up your emotions. You can’t bottle up your anxiety. It will affect your health eventually.

And most of all?

You’re frightened of being right about these voices.

You’re afraid that you might be going mad. You’re afraid you may have lost your sanity. Your father had Alzheimer’s so you think there’s a chance you may get it. You’re getting old, you’re in your fifties so let’s chalk it up to part of the aging process.

So you do nothing.

You try to ignore the voices. You quit drinking alcohol. You quit drinking coffee. You quit smoking. You take sleeping tablets. You tell yourself to ignore the voices.

But can you really ignore the voices?

No. You have a family that needs you. You have a six year-old daughter who needs you. You have a mortgage.

Then you have a feeling of tightness in your chest. It’s fleeting; it comes and goes but stays just long enough to raise concern.

Oh God!

You need help.



A Grain of Salt | ElbyJames

ElbyJames is an American disabled combat vet exiled in the UK & a free speech absolutist. He’s an occasional Top Writer