Recently I have started a downward slide. The past few months have really been hard but the past few weeks especially. It's been one of those times where things start to stack up and it seems like I can't catch a break anywhere I turn. I've dealt with high stress levels, anxiety, and depression on and off for years, but this is the first time I have started hearing voices. This weekend I took a "guys trip" to try to get out of my own head for a little while. Three nights ago, my friends and some others were sitting down to eat, when I started hearing a muffled noise like a large crowd far in the distance. There were quite a few people where we were, but as I looked around, nothing seemed to match up to what I was hearing. I wrote that one off. Saturday night, I went to a bar in the area to watch a football game (I don't drink). As I was leaving the bar, I heard the noise again. It was fairly late at night and in a very small town, so there were not many people out. I looked around and the only thing I saw were two middle-aged women sitting on the sidewalk. One was crying, but neither was speaking. The bar had a loud band playing that night so I figured my ears were still ringing from that. I got back to the place we were staying. I stayed up and talked with some of the guys for a little while before heading to bed. I got into the bedroom and changed, and I heard the unmistakable sound of people talking. It sounded like commentary on a TV that was on it's lowest volume. I thought I might have left my iPod on, but i realized it was still locked in my vehicle. I'm not going to go into extreme detail about the place we were staying, but the way it was laid out, there was no way I could've heard the people outside of the room I was staying in. The next day, I was packing up the vehicle to leave when I heard it again. Muffled crowd noise or TV commentary or whatever you want to call it. There were definitely multiple people talking, but I couldn't pick out anything specific. The final time was on the way home at a restaurant. There were maybe 6 total people in the restaurant, and as I looked around I could see none of them were talking much if at all, but I still hear the voices. They don't seem like they are trying to tell me to do anything or have a conversation with me. It's just background noise, but it is most definitely people talking. I told a close friend about them and that I wanted to listen closer to try to figure out what they were saying, but she advised against that, thinking it could be dangerous to "buy into it". I'm a little freaked out, but not scared since they don't seem to be directing me to do anything. This is just something I have never experienced before. My friend seems to think it's a stress related coping mechanism, but like I said, I have suffered for a long time and never had this happen. Could I have just gone over the edge this time? Has anyone experienced voices like this?