intervoice

anonymous asked:

hi, sweetie! i know it must be hard comforting other all the time, and i hope that you are doing well. but i do have a problem... i'm diagnosed with psychosis, and i have these delusions saying that i will be rewarded (my highest wish will come true) if i do as my voices say (stop eating, stop taking medicin, drink alcohol and other stuff). i now know that i'm sick and i that it's not real, but a part of me wants to listen to them.

hey baby !! I’m honestly really proud of you for reaching out. what you’re coping with definitely isn’t easy. I understand that these experiences can be very distressing and I just want you to know that you’re always welcome here without judgement. 

don’t isolate yourself. find people you can talk openly with about your delusions. consider joining a network or forum, or maybe even start your own blog.

identify your triggers. notice when the voices are louder, more frequent, etc. recognize when you feel paranoid and more distressed. with who, when, where, and what is it about the situation?

• consider encouraging your close friends and family to educate themselves on how they can help you effectively. sending them a good link can inspire them to keep exploring.

• practice mindfulness.

• try using “I statements” for coping with voices. for example, if a voice tells you you’re no good, say out loud “right now I feel not good”. with this technique you are saying that what you are hearing is your own thought. this is very different than saying “the voices say I’m no good”.

listen to music you love to diminish the intensity of voices. it’s not about playing it loudly, it’s about listening to something you genuinely enjoy that catches your attention.

• some physical factors are known to negatively effect voices such as fevers and pre-pms. caffeine, sugar, alcohol, street drugs, and antihistamines can also worsen the intensity. it’s good to be self aware of if and how they affect you. if pre-pms is a problem for you, you may comfort by reminding yourself “this is temporary, it will only last a few days”. ask close friends and family for extra support during these times.

some resources:

cognitive model of delusions

intrusive thoughts brain metaphor

dealing with psychosis pdf

intervoice the international community for hearing voices 

new USA hearing voices network

hearing voices network, manchester, UK 

voice-hearers yahoo support group

hearing voices movement wiki

I hope some of these are helpful sweetheart. you’re so strong.💕

youtube

“Voices Matter” - this video captures experiences from the 2012 World Hearing Voices Congress in Cardiff. Hear from people who have found ways of dealing with their voices :)