This article has been written by Jane Fisher, March 2018.
First things first: you need to know that it is definitely possible to live a fulfilled life as a person who hears voices (the clinical term for hearing voices is auditory hallucinations). In fact, there have been a lot of accomplished voice hearers throughout history, including Mahatma Gandhi, Sir Anthony Hopkins, and even Martin Luther King. In addition, there are actually a lot of voice hearers who happily embrace their condition according to the Mental Health Foundation (MHF). Some even learn to cope with it without any form of professional intervention—but this doesn’t mean that you should just keep the whole thing to yourself.
Find someone who will listen
Keeping your troubles to yourself could lead to loneliness, and while that may not seem like such a big deal, a study published on the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) website says otherwise. The author, psychiatrist Sarvada Chandra Tiwari, claims that feeling lonely could actually make you ill. So, be sure to talk to someone about your condition if you feel the need to.
Don’t hesitate to seek professional help
Hearing Voices feel the same way to both people with and without mental illnesses according to the authors of a 2011 study published by Kelly M. J. Diederen, et al. This means that it’s virtually impossible for the average person to detect what’s causing the voices. So, as a general rule, if you feel like you need professional help to feel better, then go out and seek it. After all professional help and treatment can be a way to get better.
Know that things will improve
Finally, just steady yourself and believe that things will just keep on improving with time. People naturally get better at handling situations that they are constantly exposed to. It’s just how things work. Besides, even if the whole process ends up taking longer than expected, your positive attitude would have made the whole journey much more enjoyable anyway because optimism promotes wellness and happiness.
Start healing today!
The first step to getting better is knowing that you are and will never be alone. Keep in mind that a lot of people have already successfully walked the path that you are on right now, and if they could do it, so could you. You should be perfectly fine as long as you try to always be optimistic and make it a point to ask for help whenever you need it.