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advice from someone who has heard voices for 16 years

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- do not ever do what the voices tell you to do
- do not respond to them
- do not cooperate with them
- ignore them
- over time it gradually becomes weaker
- it goes away if you keep yourself busy
- sitting still in one place increases voices. you probably hear them most when you are laying in bed trying to go to sleep
- I hear less voices when I am far from big cities
- talking can make voices go away
- singing can make voices go away
- play lots of music when the voices bother you
- socializing with other people can reduce voices

they will be nice to try to get your attention, and once you are listening and engaging with them they start being mean. if you start ignoring them they start to be nice again. it is a trick to try to control you.
 
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if the voices say things like 'hello', that is the beginning of hearing voices. it is very very important that you ignore them when you hear that. if you do not respond to their hellos they will go away
 
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do not try to evaluate or remember your dreams. if you have a dream do everything to ignore it. thinking about your dreams increases the intensity of dreams and voices.
 
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the time I heard the least amount of voices was when I was working full time and working extra hours with many people, and had little leisure time. they were 99% gone.

I am self employed. being alone increases voices. when I work by myself the voices return.
 
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if the voices start bothering you, call a friend on the phone and just start chatting to see what they are up to and the voices will leave you alone for a while.

if you hear voices starting a sentence, start talking and change the conversation to be something else. so if the voice starts saying "you are a" change the end of the conversation to something neutral such as "person who wants to sit here quietly". it stops their train of thought.

ask the voices vague questions. such as "how was your day?". "whats the weather like?" or questions like "who won the 1983 world series?". the voices are NOT REAL and cannot answer basic questions.
 
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wearing an earplug reduced some of my voices. it reduced the voices that were commenting on what I was doing at that exact moment.
 
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anything you need to do or say, write it down. your words on paper never change and it is your thoughts and cannot be interfered with.
 
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if you hear a song in your head, start singing another song. I always start singing my favorite song and it blocks music in your head.
 
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I heard voices ,was diagnosed with schizophrenia and medicated.Not heard voices for 40 years.
 
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if the voices start bothering you, call a friend on the phone and just start chatting to see what they are up to and the voices will leave you alone for a while.

if you hear voices starting a sentence, start talking and change the conversation to be something else. so if the voice starts saying "you are a" change the end of the conversation to something neutral such as "person who wants to sit here quietly". it stops their train of thought.

ask the voices vague questions. such as "how was your day?". "whats the weather like?" or questions like "who won the 1983 world series?". the voices are NOT REAL and cannot answer basic questions.
I asked mine for knowledge I didn't have to prove they were really telepathy and not a delusion. I also told them to say it to my face if they were real.

Lately I have just been mocking them and telling them to shut up and f off
 
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wearing an earplug reduced some of my voices. it reduced the voices that were commenting on what I was doing at that exact moment.
Thats funny not ha ha but strange, as I hear voices from my left side and I am deaf as a post that side.
 
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It is not that easy to block voices out.
 
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For me its a continual struggle requiring mental exertion every single day. I can do it when I want to, but its kind of exhausting to do it continuously.
Yes i am exactly the same, it is easy for others to say "do not listen to the voices" but it does not work like that when you have Psychosis or Schizophrenia.
 
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Yes i am exactly the same, it is easy for others to say "do not listen to the voices" but it does not work like that when you have Psychosis or Schizophrenia.
I have to go around constantly debunking it. I am hoping if I make this habitual enough I will become virtually symptom free.

Like I used to go line by line of the crap it spewed, and had to explain to it why it was bullcrap.

So I switched to instead of me doing that prove it before I am going to listen to it. Its proven more effective, but i still get negative voices in my head I dont want.
 
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