4 thoughts on “Hearing Voices is not the Same as “Imaginary Friends”

  • July 29, 2016 at 4:16 am

    what a clear and grounded statement showing complete respect for people with this illness. thank you .
    my son has schizophrenia and over the years I have become complacent about doing anything with regard to this label as feel disempowered to do so. I spend my energy trying to help my son as much as I can in constructive ways that i have learnt through living with him. It is a very lonely position to be in as it is a unique and all consuming experience witnessing these symptoms , which I believe are different with each person. It is a privilege to be part of my sons life and his experiences with this illness and I wish dearly that I believed this condition was a priority for proper research and new trusted treatments .

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    • July 31, 2016 at 10:15 am

      I wish the best for you and your son!

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  • July 31, 2016 at 7:29 am

    So, you would “hope that an advocate for the homeless would know better…”, but you provide no info in your article about what those voices are, where they come from, and why! But you are not alone — science does not have a clue either, and they won’t while they think that the brain generates thoughts. Meanwhile, people (and those around them) with schizophrenia will suffer more than they need to. To avoid controversy (and maybe anger), I’ll just say that this type of “mental illness” are actually “spiritual illness”, and it can only be (partially) healed if treated accordingly.

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    • July 31, 2016 at 10:14 am

      Science would disagree with you (the facts) and so would most people practicing a loving religion. If voices are caused by a spiritual illness then why does medication make them go away? Can a “demon” be beaten by antipsychotics? Having schizophrenia myself, and as an advocate for others who also have it, I recommend the treatment of psychiatrists and other medical doctors. Is cancer a “spiritual illness?” Anyone claiming an illness is spiritual, is blaming the person who has the illness and that response not only lacks compassion it is cruel.

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