Ideation…

Many of us who suffer from addictions may also suffer from some form of mental illness. In my case, it is depression and extreme anxiety. I have met so many people through rehab centers and outpatient treatment centers who suffer from either Bipolar Disorder, Turrettes Syndrome and Schizophrenia. This is a post I found that gives you a good example of what a person with auditory hallucinations may hear. Also referred to as “hearing voices”.

Tell me what you think after listening to it.

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We all view the world differently, it’s unique to each of us.. how would the world differ to those effected by mental health? How would someone with Schizophrenia view the world, paranoia, fear, depression would all change a person’s perception.

Sanity would be questioned, nightmare or reality?

This video is supposed to portray the world of a Schizophrenic.

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9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. carrythemessage
    Oct 17, 2013 @ 13:33:02

    Frightening, to say the least. I had a hard time listening to it to the end, to be honest. I can’t imagine having that day in, day out, 24 hours a day. I would jump in front of a car too. We all have our images of what a person with mental illness looks like or just have the thoughts that “they’re just crazy”. Well man, I would act irrationally and odd if I had things like this pumping through my mental stereo all the time. It’s sad and scary. But I know many men and women, through alcoholism and addiction, who also suffer from mental illnesses, and have the proper meds and function very well.

    Thanks for bring attention to this – lots to think about.

    Love and light,
    Paul

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    • Sober Chick
      Oct 18, 2013 @ 22:49:09

      Yes, it was hard for me to listen to the end too. Sounds demonic, very dark and scary. No wonder they are always scared. With some people they say to make the voices stop they have to do what they say, but invariably another voice will start afterwards. Meds do work so long as they take them. Thanks for commenting Paul. So far you are the only one. Maybe it freaked people out too much. LOL

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  2. Planting Potatoes
    Oct 31, 2013 @ 14:51:52

    unsettling for sure…..when I was homeless, I met people who suffered from “voices” mostly homeless vets…now imagine hearing these voices..in the form of memories from time spent in a war zone….especially when they start to react to the voices….it was both sad and scary….

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    • Sober Chick
      Nov 01, 2013 @ 12:48:47

      It’s not fair that people who fought for our freedom have to live a life of suffering. Some things just don’t make sense in life. I didn’t realize you were homeless at one time. Thanks for commenting and many blessings to you!

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  3. Steven Sawyer
    Nov 01, 2013 @ 18:53:55

    You are right. This is scary. Almost demonic. Our 33-year-old is bipolar and Schizophrenic. He got in serious legal trouble and will be in prison for a long time. But in his late teens and early twenties he complained of hearing voices that wouldn’t go away. My wife and I took a class and learned a lot about mental illness and we have much more compassion and understanding for our son and anyone effected by mental illness. We also can now reach out and share with other families who have loved ones with a mental illness. Thank you so much for being so brave and forthcoming about your addictions and your struggles to beat them through a personal relationship with Christ. He is the only one who can completely heal us of our addictions. He gives us new life. Free from the power of sin’s stronghold on us. God bless you. I really have enjoyed reading your stuff.

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    • Sober Chick
      Nov 03, 2013 @ 02:58:42

      Oh Wow, thank you for such kind words! It brought a smile to my heart. I’m sorry to hear that your son will be gone for a long time. I have my own personal views on sending people to prison who have serious mental disorders. They don’t get the treatment they need in there. I watch alot of programs on this subject and alot of true crime shows. May I ask do they administer medication to him? Do they house him seperate from general population so he can get some kind of rehabilitation? Of course, this is none of my business and you don’t have to answer these questions. I’m glad to hear that Christ is a part of your life. With His help, we can walk through anything. God may not take away our problems but He certainly will walk with us as we deal with them. Thanks for commenting! God bless you and your family Steven. 🙂

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      • Steven Sawyer
        Nov 04, 2013 @ 01:15:08

        Michelle,
        Thank you for such thoughtful, caring comments. Wesley is in a Georgia State Hospital Prison, which means he gets regular medical care as well as counseling and medications to help control his mental illnesses. I believe they give him a haldol shot once a month, which helps curb his behavior to a degree. But when we visit him, he still manifests a great deal of his mental illness behavior. He can ask to be placed in protective custody periodically, which isolates him for a period from bullying from other inmates. It is a prison with other prisoners with mental illness. Wesley spends a lot of time, isolated in a cell by himself. His behavior still gets him in trouble, so sometimes he can talk on the phone and sometimes he can get visitors. But not always. Our prayer for him is that he will one day accept his mental illness. That will make life much easier and happier for him. And it will help his mom and I feel much better about his situation. His mother has accepted where he is and that he won’t be coming home, if ever. But she sometimes has a rough time and gets real depressed. But she is handling it the best she knows how.
        On a personal note I was once addicted to pornography and was a child of an alcoholic, so I have been through the 12 steps for years. I am finally in a place of peace and intimacy with Jesus Christ and that relationship has contributed to my healing more than anything else I could imagine. I say that to let you know I can empathize with your journey back from addiction. Even though our drugs of choice were different, our struggles are the same and our victories smell as sweet. I am glad I found your blog and we got to introduce ourselves through our blogs. I will be eager to read your stories and keep up with your continued progress. I’m so grateful for the connection with you and I pray we can encourage each other in our journeys together. Thank you again for your comments and I look forward to chatting with you again soon. God bless. Steve

      • Sober Chick
        Nov 04, 2013 @ 04:25:35

        I really appreciate you being so open about your son. I will keep you and him in my prayers (and your wife). Thanks for sharing with me your struggles and success! Many blessings to you Steve and have a great week.

      • Steven Sawyer
        Nov 04, 2013 @ 04:27:33

        And the same to you. I look forward to reading more about your journey. I’ll pray for you as well.

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