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Coping Mechanisms for Hallucinations or Delusions?

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Is there anything you do, besides taking medicine that helps with hallucinations or delusions. My doctor said I needed to develop some coping mechanisms for my hallucinations and I kinda laughed. What kind of coping mechanism really helps besides medicine?
 
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Sounds like nonsense.
Reality for me is I cope by AVOIDANCE as I'm a paranoid schizophrenic.
I just don't socialise.
Never been happier.
I develop interests and hobbies I can do alone.
I changed my life to fit my disease, rather than take drugs.
 
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I feel like crying though thinking of how I have always been so full of outward love and the world I lived in and experienced showered hatred upon me.
I feel like there's been an error in the universe that I had to withdraw from the world.
The disease took my life away from me and gave me another.
I think this has also given me an identity disorder.
 
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It's amazing I was never sectioned or medicated.
I had episodes for years around my family.
In the early stages I even asked to be sectioned, when I knew something was wrong.
I had episodes in the workplace too.
They just said I was crazy and joined in acting crazy too.

Perhaps society and doctors just don't want to help us anymore?

Everybody just laughed at me while I had episodes.

I no longer have episodes but I think I would have recovered sooner with meds.

It's a miracle I no longer have episodes.

If I were sectioned today or evaluated they'd probably give me a clean bill of health.
 
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I also quit half my jobs during a workplace episode.
So this is what will happen to you if your doctor doesn't give you meds.

Demand you meds or your life and career is over.
 
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I should just get a diagnosis and have disability payments.
But I reached a point in my life where I just don't give a f*** and I keep getting back on the bicycle after I fall off.
 
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It's so embarrassing.
My newest boss knows I'm mad too because I behave so eccentricly.
They're just too polite to say anything.
I try not to think about my reputation though.
I just try to stay confident and tell myself I'm as good as the others.
 
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It's so embarrassing.
My newest boss knows I'm mad too because I behave so eccentricly.
They're just too polite to say anything.
I try not to think about my reputation though.
I just try to stay confident and tell myself I'm as good as the others.
You are as good as anyone else❤️

Meds aren’t that bad. Mine just made me tired, didn’t help much with the voices but some people find the right medication and it helps immediately. It can take some tweeking but it might make your situation better at work.
 
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I just learned (late learner) antipsychotics cause side-effects like weight gain and brain shrinkage in high dosages.

So maybe some doctors like yours are looking at other treatments such as therapy for your delusions and you shouldn't have laughed at the idea of coping strategies.

Maybe you can break them down and talk them away with others.
 
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I would t ry playing a sport, or working out in fitness eithe at home or in th egym,

and try to listen tomusic where ever possible,

and I mainly listen to music while knitting, and or wh ile on line.


Do something like in the normal run of the mill, volunteering me personally, in office admin.
 
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Is there anything you do, besides taking medicine that helps with hallucinations or delusions. My doctor said I needed to develop some coping mechanisms for my hallucinations and I kinda laughed. What kind of coping mechanism really helps besides medicine?
what works for me is listening to my favorite music videos on youtube i entered a dream world so i dont focus on my worries about the day.
 
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I'm doing great without meds.

Glad to hear it Ron. I’m doing decent myself though I was on meds when I was having hallucinations.
 
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Is there anything you do, besides taking medicine that helps with hallucinations or delusions. My doctor said I needed to develop some coping mechanisms for my hallucinations and I kinda laughed. What kind of coping mechanism really helps besides medicine?

I think he’s talking about things like “cognitive behavioral therapy” which does help long term. I was on meds when I was bad and they helped a lot but came with another set of problems I didn’t anticipate.
 
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if you are still experiencing delusions you need to tweek your meds with close contact with your pdoc...if you have "residual paranoia or delusions" that just bother you like intrusive thoughts this can be overcome I've found by learning to divert my attention quickly away to something I can focus on for a while until I relax again...good luck...it's not easy.
 

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