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dino

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Hi, Im new to HVN. My son is 11 and hears a voice that greatly upsets him and at time, dominates his thoughts and actions. The voice he hears is his own. It tells him horrible things to think, or something even more horrible will happen, and this disturbs him. It has also caused him to develop many phobias. (He is slowly growing out of those now)He saw three Psychiatrists who in turn let him down so badly, we all gave up. Even the GP Couldnt believe it. There is other help available, but not willing to see him. It is left to me to help him. When theses voices are not in his head (Usually when playing with mates) he is a normal happy funny loving kid. When he has them, he becomes angry and frustrated and upset. He hates it. I hate to see him unhappy and scared and feel helpless. Can anyone give me advice on how to cope? Any methods he could use? He gets comfort from talking to me about it but wants me to make it go away. I would appreciate any advice.
 
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RainbowElf

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Hi, Im new to HVN. My son is 11 and hears a voice that greatly upsets him and at time, dominates his thoughts and actions. The voice he hears is his own. It tells him horrible things to think, or something even more horrible will happen, and this disturbs him. It has also caused him to develop many phobias. (He is slowly growing out of those now)He saw three Psychiatrists who in turn let him down so badly, we all gave up. Even the GP Couldnt believe it. There is other help available, but not willing to see him. It is left to me to help him. When theses voices are not in his head (Usually when playing with mates) he is a normal happy funny loving kid. When he has them, he becomes angry and frustrated and upset. He hates it. I hate to see him unhappy and scared and feel helpless. Can anyone give me advice on how to cope? Any methods he could use? He gets comfort from talking to me about it but wants me to make it go away. I would appreciate any advice.
Hello there,
Just wanted to say I am sorry that your son has to experience this.
The only thing that I can think of is distraction, sorry I know it is not a good suggestion.
Has he tried writing down what the voices are saying, sometimes that can take some of the frustration out of it.
I know that you have not had much success with doctors by the sounds of it, however do not give up on the system altogether. There are a few good ones out there and it is just a case of finding them.

Try something else and see were that takes you.

Try to maybe get him to draw how he is feeling or what the voices want.

Good Luck in getting through this both of you.

Elf ...
 
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Aine

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Hi there, Dino! There is a very helpful information sheet on children hearing voices, explaining that voice hearing by children can be a normal experience, but what to do to support your child if his voices overwhelm him, by the Dutch Psychaitrist Sandra Escher printed in the Winter Edition of 'Voices', the magazine of the Hearing Voices Network.
You have to join HVN to get a copy or perhaps you could write to them to ask for the info sheet. More, useful publications can be found on: www.intervoiceonline.org. Hearing Voices network have a website too, including their contact details.
 
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