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7 years 9 months ago #35 by miskate2u
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I just found this and I want to introduce myself.
My name is Kate and I'm in Portland, Oregon. I have a history that includes voices and visions. I started going to Hearing Voices groups about six years ago and began facilitating the groups three years ago. We need lots of help, but things are going really well. I'm very excited to connect with y'all. I'm not sure if my email is visible, but if it's not, I can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Take very good care.

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7 years 9 months ago #38 by ronunger
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Yes, it would be good to see some of us introduce ourselves here! I have personal experiences with very alternative ways of seeing reality, but very little with hearing voices. Still I've been very interested in the HVN movement and other ways of helping people see options in how they understand and cope with such experiences. I've facilitated a lot of hearing voices groups, but usually within an agency and not quite following the HVN model. I do a fair amount of blogging about my points of view at http://recoveryfromschizophrenia.org/

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7 years 7 months ago #73 by susan
susan replied the topic: Hello, Everyone!
Hi, my name is susan. Ive been hearing voices and seeing visions for about 7 months now. Things were starting to get better. I thought I had learnt to get along with my voices, but here latley they are back to harrasing and threating me agian. I feel like Im on a rollercoaster of emotions and I just want this ride to end.

Any advise on how to deal?

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7 years 7 months ago #75 by rach1
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Hello Susan, I myself do not hear voices, but my fiancee has been trying to "deal" for almost 2 years now, to no avail. I saw your post and I wanted to share this, in case it helps at all. I watched a really cool "TED" talk, have you heard about it? It's an app, for Apple or android and it's really neat. Anyway, I saw one that could maybe help you at least a little bit. It's how I learned about this network. I found it just by searching for "hearing voices" but I think you can also find it through categories and "mental health". I've actually watched it a few times. It gave me hope for my fiancee. Anyway, I hope this helps some.
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7 years 6 months ago #85 by jdots
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Hi Susan,

There are lots of different strategies that you could try. The general idea is that often changing your relationship with your voices is often more effective than trying to ignore or suppress them. For ways to do that, here's a really good guide from Intervoice: "A Practical Guide to Coping With Voices" - http://www.intervoiceonline.org/support-recovery/a-practical-guide

There are also some great books - check out Intervoice's Amazon Bookstore, here: http://astore.amazon.co.uk/intervoice-21

Also, like someone else suggested, you can find some great stuff on YouTube - however, there's also a lot of stigmatizing psychiatry-based videos to wade through - but there ARE good ones. Here's the TED Talk another person mentioned. It's awesome. http://youtu.be/syjEN3peCJw

Oh, and there's a link to a free webinar on this site, called Living With Voices - I haven't listened to it yet, but I'm sure it's good! http://nasmhpd.adobeconnect.com/p1k22krqrua/

And of course going to a Hearing Voices group, if there's one in your area!

Hang in there,
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4 years 11 months ago #929 by Danielle
Danielle replied the topic: Hello, Everyone!
I sat in on the conference call yesterday and I was glad to take part even though there were some missing words due to static of some sort. I have more experience with visions and dreamstates than with voices. Sometimes I do hear my innervoice with different qualities and tones, as if it were an Other or copying any random personality I'm in contact with such as celebrities, family, or teachers. Sometimes I felt I was receiving directives. I have studied psychology since I was 13 and wanted to focus on parapsychology. I looked to mythology and ancient cultures for their understanding and art. Meaning making and metaphors are my specialty. One of my meaning making tools are rune cards that I use for contemplation with my self or for conversation with people during a rune layout reading.

I create a lot of artwork in meditative contemplation. I have an interest in using art therapy techniques with people. I have a sister who has been complaining about the voice she hears that tells her she's the worst. She has had a very hard year and is inpatient asking to leave. For almost a decade she has overdosed, been diagnosed, received neuroleptics and ect over and over again. She now has a 2 year old daughter. So we are dealing with a lot of resentment towards "the system". I am curious about how HVN values fit in and contrast with "the system". The system being the paradigm of drugging and finding the right one, the social workers and mental health courts. I notice that civil rights are valued by HVN and that it is nonclinical. I value this alternative venue. I have given her support to make her decisions, but at this point they all look like slow ways to die faster. They are keeping her until Tuesday even though she asked to leave.

I think our culture's attitude about strange experiences and hearing voices is relatively negative and complicates the human experience with expectations of deterioration. I hope my sister will come out of her desire to find the drug that makes life bearable. I wish there was more understanding about this. I do want to learn more about HVN values and processes. I am happy to e-meet you

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