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Coping Skills For Hallucinations

Schizophrenia can be either acute or chronic.  Either way when you experience the symptoms of Schizophrenia you may experience hallucinations as well.  This article will provide readers with coping strategies to handle hallucinations during a psychotic episode.

Distraction

According to www.everydayhealth.com, distraction is the first tip to cope with hallucinations.  According to www.everydayhealth.com, this site recommends “taking your focus away from the hallucination.”  Do not focus on blank air, instead focus on music or a television show.  The best advice is to focus on an object, program, or piece of something that distracts you from the hallucinations.

Passive Acceptance

In addition to distraction, according to www.everydayhealth.com, the second coping skill to handle hallucinations is passive acceptance.  If you are suffering Schizophrenia, you may have experienced hallucinations in some shape or form.  According to www.everydayhealth.com, it is best to accept that the hallucination is present.  According to www.everydayhealth.com, “Although accepting that the voices are part of life for a person with schizophrenia seems to have positive emotional effects”

Mindfulness Techniques

In addition to distraction and passive acceptance, according to www.everydayhealth.com, mindfulness techniques are the third coping strategy if you suffer from schizophrenia.  According to this article, it is important to focus on the present moment so you can know what is causing your symptoms in that moment.

Be Selective

In addition to distraction, passive acceptance, and mindfulness techniques, another coping technique according to www.everydayhealth.com to handle Schizophrenia is be selective.  What do I mean by this?  According to www.everydayhealth.com, it is important to know if your voices are positive voices or if they are negative voices.

Avatar Therapy

In addition to distraction, passive acceptance, mindfulness techniques, and being selective, according to www.everydayhealth.com, avatar therapy is another way to cope with hallucinations if you have Schizophrenia.  Avatar therapy keeps track of the negative voices.  The therapist speaks to the patients and calms down his or her stress or anxiety level.

Conclusion

To end this article on helping Schizophrenics cope with hallucinations, five coping strategies have been mentioned.  They include distraction, passive acceptance, mindfulness techniques, being selective, and avatar therapy.  For any of these coping strategies it is important not to ignore the voices.  However, it is important to pay attention to the voices and accept that they are there.  This can be in the form of any of these coping strategies.  You can pick any coping strategy or all of them.  There is not a right or wrong answer.

 

Coping Skills For Hallucinations

Lauren Walters

My name is Lauren Walters. I am currently heading into my final semester of graduate school for Mental Health Counseling in the Spring of 2016. Through my own experiences with mental illness, I love to inspire others through my writings and reassure them that they can live healthy, productive lives, despite mental illness. I hope you enjoy my articles. Feel free to comment. I will be sure to respond to you questions and/or comments in a prompt manner. Enjoy!


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APA Reference
Walters, L. (2018). Coping Skills For Hallucinations. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 24, 2018, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/psychosis/2018/02/coping-skills-for-hallucinations/

 

Last updated: 3 Feb 2018
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 3 Feb 2018
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