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This Is What Schizophrenia Can Actually Sound Like

Anderson Cooper tries getting through a typical day using a schizophrenia simulator — and can't do it.

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The recorded voices interrupt his ability to complete a series of tests.

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The whispers and yells include aggressive phrases like, “You suck, and they know it!” or comforting words like, “Don’t worry.”

Cooper even finds having a normal everyday interaction incredibly difficult.

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And he feels the urge to talk back to the voices, especially when they're negative and discourage him. "It makes you feel completely isolated from everyone else around you," he says of the "eye-opening" experience.

Watch the full Anderson Cooper 360° segment below.

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To get an idea of what auditory hallucinations can sound like, you can listen to this audio sample.

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Learn more about schizophrenia through the National Institute of Mental Health.