Category: Schizoaffective Disorder

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Surfing the wave of your voices

Getting diagnosed with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder is a real life-changer.

These disorders are often accompanied by hearing voices, either inside or outside your head.

The voices can often be derogatory and relentlessly harass and abuse you.

This is extremely difficult to deal with.

With medication, the audio volume of the voices can decrease, so they’re easier to deal with.

With time, you might start asking the voices why they are there. This is the approach recommended by leading voice-hearing advocate Rufus May.

When you start asking questions of the voices you hear, you may start learning a whole host of things about yourself you didn’t know before.

The voices will hopefully reveal why they are in your life, and what they want you to change.

They can reveal a personality or character deficit you have that needs to be remedied.

In my case, the voices told me I need to stop thinking about myself. I had previously been diagnosed with schizoid personality disorder, which meant I was intensely inward-looking, and the voices wanted this gone. They told me I need to:

  • Open my mind
  • Raise my mind over matter
  • Open my heart

These can only be positive changes to my personal habits.

The voices have also told me things about my future.

I recommend asking your voices as many questions as possible.

 

 

hearing voices schizoaffective

What is Schizoaffective disorder?

Schizoaffective disorder (SZA, SZD or SAD) is a mental or psychological disorder characterized by abnormal thought processes and deregulated emotions. The diagnosis is made when the patient has features of both schizophrenia and a mood disorder—either bipolar disorder or depression—but does not strictly meet diagnostic criteria for either alone.

The bipolar type is distinguished by symptoms of mania, hypomania, or mixed episode; the depressive type by symptoms of depression only.

Common symptoms of the disorder include hallucinations, paranoid delusions, and disorganized speech and thinking.

The onset of symptoms usually begins in young adulthood, currently with an uncertain lifetime prevalence because the disorder was redefined, but DSM-IV prevalence estimates were less than 1 percent of the population, in the range of 0.5 to 0.8 percent.

Diagnosis is based on observed behavior and the patient’s reported experiences.