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TeNNiSd0C09
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   Posted 10/28/2009 5:18 PM (GMT -7)   
does NOT mean you cant live a good life! I read this article about the Oprah episode and the little girl labeled as having schitzophrenia and so thats why I read it... but it turned in a direction I was not expecting. It started talking about how people CAN live with hearing voices and that maybe hearing voices isnt a disorder at all... I guess you guys can create your own opinions if you wish to read the article.
 
http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2009/10/27/oprah-the-7-year-old-with-schizophrenia/
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Tirzah
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   Posted 10/28/2009 9:01 PM (GMT -7)   
As gently as possible, I would very respectfully disagree that this is the point of the article. The original letter, supported by dozens of child psychiatrists and mental health workers, seems to make two key points:
1. Young children often hear &/or see imaginary people. The vast majority of these children will outgrow this & stop hearing the voices completely on their own, without any psychiatric intervention.
2. A small number of children will continue to hear voices. Instead of panicking or deciding medicate their child, parents are exhorted to be supportive of their son or daughter and to seek a supportive therapist who can help to uncover what the trigger(s) was/were that brought on the voices in the first place. That is, are the voices "calming" voices that the patient feels s/he needs in order to deal with something stressful in his/her life; or, are the voices encouraging negative behaviors as a means of drawing attention to underlying issues.

The supporters do say that people can live with the voices for some time, provided that the voices are positive and do not take over the person's thinking, but rather serve to offer advice that the person can choose to follow or not to follow. The goal of accepting the voices, however, seems to be to prevent added stress that can result from worrying about the voices. They encourage parents/young adults to try to understand the source of the stress causing the voices and to work with a professional therapist to find solutions to the underlying stressors. The result, they claim, is that the voices would not be needed any more & would either substantially fade or go away completely.

This is just my take on the article, though. As long as opinions are respectful of everyone on the Forum (as Christi's is), please feel free to disagree. The original open Letter is posted at:
http://www.intervoiceonline.org/assets/2009/10/18/Oprah_Winfrey_open_letter.pdf

peace,
frances

PS -- Christi, I really do want the best for you. If this article helps you not to worry so much about the voices, then I'm very glad. I think that's part of its intention. I just want to continue to encourage you not to fear sharing what you've been experiencing with your psychiatrist/counselor. You said that the voices you were hearing were very critical of you. I don't think that's the kind of voices that people should have to live with for a long time. We are all here for you for as long as you need & understand that things take time to resolve. I am fighting my own battle & understand how tiring such long battles can be. But please don't give up or give in to the voices. You are a good person with a beautiful soul. You deserve better. Please keep hearing what so many here keep sharing with you & listen to us over what the voices are saying. You deserve peace. You deserve healing. You deserve compassion & understanding & love & hope. You are a good person. You deserve having people take care of you & you're worth taking care of yourself.

((((((((((((((((((((((((hugs))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))

THE HAPPY TURTLE
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   Posted 10/28/2009 9:52 PM (GMT -7)   
i have lived with voices. for me it is an impending sign of a psychotic break, thus i become psychotic and the modes of psychosis permiate. ie, aggigation, extreme rapid speech, loss of motor function and locus of control. jamie
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TeNNiSd0C09
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   Posted 10/28/2009 10:20 PM (GMT -7)   
I agree Frances... small kids always have imaginary friends... if we diagnosed every kid who hears voices with a mental disorder the world would be doomed! Im just not sure how they can say that it WILL stick with a child... I mean how they can officially diagnose someone at such a young age. And I agree about living with the voices... it depends on the kind of voice and whether you can overcome it and "make friends"... rather than it telling you bad things etc..

And thank you SO much for what you said. I am going to talk to the nurse about it Friday and ask to see the doctor asap... I cant wait any longer.. so... thank you very very very much

take care
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   Posted 10/30/2009 2:05 AM (GMT -7)   

Hang in there Christi, I know it must be scary but tell your pdoc and nurse everything so they can give you the best care possible. You are doing so well.

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TeNNiSd0C09
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   Posted 10/30/2009 6:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Maz... I am so very anxious and nervous right now... Im shaking! I have an hour and a half, and yes, I am counting down and that makes it much worse, but I cant help it... Im just not sure what to say to her ya know... And I dont want her to think Im looney or anything, no offense. I just dont want her thinking its a huge deal and all of that. And, it probably is a huge deal... but I have other stuff I have to worry about and I dont get to just worry about me and one thing about me... Im to busy doing other stuff all the time and going to class and everything.. I dont have any time to slow down..or time for myself...

Wish me luck
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"Sometimes it is best to forget what you feel and remember what you deserve"
   


Mazfire
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   Posted 10/30/2009 1:21 PM (GMT -7)   

luck, luck, luck! smilewinkgrin smilewinkgrin smilewinkgrin

Maz XX


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" Why does society view illness as weakness?" (Montell Jordan)
 'He heals the broken hearted and binds up their wounds.' (Psalm 147:3)
-DX:Panic Disorder, Agoraphobia, CFS, Seasonal Depression, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Sinusitis, TMJ, Endometriosis,PCOS, Reactive Arthritis, Anemia, Chemical/Noise/Light sensitivity, Trichotilomania,
OCD, GERD, IBS.
-Meds: Zoloft 150mg. Xanax 4mg. Prescription pain meds/anti inflammatories.
-Multiple surgeries- I bear the scars of my poor physical health.
-Age:29. AP first DX @ 10. Fibro etc DX @14.
 
 


Tirzah
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   Posted 10/30/2009 7:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Christi!
Just wanted to check in with you & see how things went today.

take care,
frances
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