Many cannot tolerate medications nor do they take away the voices so alternative methods should be explored. It can't hurt; knowledge is powerful.
The links are there for those who wish to refer to them.
Some will find comfort that they are not alone in hearing voices and that there are many reasons other than schizophrenia for hearing voices.
There are many interesting and inspiring stories to be found in the links I believe.
Keep all options open; it can't hurt...
Some have even recovered; read some recovery stories at Intervoice.
We can learn from others.
We are all individuals though and have the right to choose.
Also important to remember is the risk of potential permanent damage caused by many of the medications used in treatment...so please do check out the links.
The most common one seems to be Tardive Dyskinesia.
Now Reglan, another medication is associated with Tardive Dyskinesia.
We need to stay informed on all treatments available as well as always discussing the side effects of any medications with a doctor.
My Best To All
Living with Voices: 50 stories of recovery by Marius Romme, Sandra Escher, Jacqui Dillon, Dirk Corstens, Mervyn Morris
A new analysis of the hearing voices experience outside the illness model resulted in accepting and making sense of voices. This study of 50 stories forms the evidence for this successful new approach to working with voice hearers.
Take a look and listen on utube to these inspiring and hopeful stories...
I listened to part of one by a psychologist who was given a diagnosis of schizophrenia; he is very interesting to listen to.
I have yet to listen to more, but very interesting indeed...
Oh, here's a link to the Mental Health Forum and they have a Hearing Voices Forum along with everything from A to Z....not a bad place; some good information there too.
Perhaps it is possible drifter and cataclysm....hope; always hope...the Mind is Very Strong....
I watched 2 of the videos and found the Pat Deegan Interview on mental illness and education really inspiring.
Her attitude about accepting herself with it all was uplifting and empowering I believe.
It wouldn't be considered a recovery by some, but then she didn't look at herself as having schizophrenia; really something to think about as far as accepting ourselves and loving ourselves no matter what. We can change so much about ourselves, but always like ourselves for who we are.
I would like to make an amendment to the very first post.
I have participated myself at Mental Health Forum and have found it to be a very a oppressive and non-supportive forum by some particular users in general and the overall moderation is very oppressive as well. Apparently freedom of speech and freedom of religion will be torn apart by many users and the moderators themselves will take your very words and re-word or completely remove your words from your posts and yet leave many derogatory posts by others.
Expressing ourselves is important, but attacking or persecuting another is not acceptable to me anyway.
Their motto is they aim to be the friendliest place on the web, but I strongly disagree and again found it very oppressive.
Mental Health Forum had everything from A to Z on Mental Health Issues also so please be careful on any forum is basically what I suggest.
I believe very much in respect and support even when disagreeing, but this is not the case at this forum Mental Health. I learned it wasn't good at all for my mental health so please do use caution when using any online forum as some of you may already know.
Mental Health Forum has merged with Intervoice Forum also.
I still think that there may be some helpful information located at both sites although I urge all to observe very carefully before participating and giving any personal information when online. Just be careful all....
I also wish to apologize to anyone if I have ever offended or oppressed anyone here in any way..
I think instead of remission ,it's learning to live with your voice and understand their play in your life rather than just medicate them.
I facilitate a hearing voices group in Leeds at Survivor Leds Crisis Service. that examines all aspects of voices and their meaning to each individual.
We all have varied and valid experiences and work towards acceptance of self.
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