Hi max hyde,
I know a woman whose voices told her to go to the hospital to get help however it is rare that the voices are always kind. they can turn into negative voices down the road.
Command voices where the voices tell a person to hurt himself require immediate treatment with medication.
I'm not a fan of the Mad Pride people who celebrate hearing voices and having psychosis.
You deserve [and you out it to yourself] to live a life free of the voices and the other torments of schizophrenia. Should the medication not totally stop the voices [like David / earlyriser referred to] you will need to develop coping techniques to deal with the voices.
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You can see better results down the road even if those results don't happen immediately. The main thing is to take the medication every day as prescribed and talk to your doctor if you have side effects or breakthrough symptoms.
There is hope. I want to give you hope.
I heard voices for the space of 30 years. When I first heard them, I heard them ALL day! There were never any breaks. I was tormented for many years. I took just about every med on the market...numerous ECT"s and countless hours in therapy and still heard voices. The first few years of hearing them I gave up and thought and accepted the fact that I would always hear them.
Two or three years ago I began a campaign to do something. My plan was to first write about my experiences dealing with voices. Then I started to "push" them out of my mind as soon as they began to talk. I would not listen and ignored them. After a few months they started to be less frequent. Now I hear them maybe a half hour total in a day.
Fight the voices..Find a way to block them out...use distractions like music or writing or a get a hobby. The most important thing....NEVER EVER GIVE UP!
There is relief...use it wisely
Yes. I was hearing voices, feeling sensations, smelling smells, and tasting demons in my mouth, and diagnosed with scizoaffective disorder, bi-polar disorder, anxiety and severe depression. I was also addicted to Adderall.
Finally, over a year later, I began praying for God to help me again, and I heard a voice tell me to buy a King James Bible and look for a book online on Deliverance that has an idex. I did both and I began praying a lot and reading the New Testament. I also heard voices telling me to not answer the voices (even with my thoughts, and to ignore them completely), and to just focus on Christ's power and not Satan's power because Christ is way more powerful than the enemy! It was probably two and 1/2 weeks later after I began reading The Bible and the book, Major Christian Deliverance Principles: Keys for Self-deliverance and Ministry and Breaking Spiritual Strongholds and Healing the Wounded Spirit: Dealing with Root Causes (specifically Chapter 13), by Eric Isaiah Gondwe, when I was saved and I don't hear voices anymore. I have not had any of those problems since then and that was over two years ago.
I have NEVER been better! I actually perform better and I'm full of love, peace and joy! It's like a dream come true. I thought I was going to die or end up homeless and I never thought anything would change. I thought I would always be like that forever. Do not give up hope! Miracles happen every day.
Although I can honestly say my voices never changed my life for the better (I was glad when they finally went away,) I can say that I have benefited in ways because of having sz. I learned that I am a strong and courageous person who can overcome great personal challenges. I learned compassion for others who have a mental illness, also.
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