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.