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Hearing voices and medication



New member
Jan 7, 2020
United States
Hi, I have been experiencing hallucinations and delusions for the past 10 years now (diagnosed bipolar 1 with psychotic features at age 16). I have been on all of the meds possible to try and control the symptoms but have never had much luck. I am at my last straw now for treatment, I’m at the point where the medication destroys my life as much as the psychosis because of side effects. My treatment providers say that I am never allowed to be off meds but I am determined to find other solutions that hopefully work. I started yoga several months ago and have found that to be helpful plus having a healthy diet but it’s still not enough. Does anyone have any suggestions on managing this illness with no, or limited, medication? I am so fed up with the horrible side effects and no results.
John Lamb

John Lamb

Well-known member
Apr 29, 2019
I empathise with medication not working. The only other practical options are making good lifestyle choices which is what you're doing and may help 'rewire' your brain. But like taking meds it is hit and miss whether it will work. I supplement a healthyish diet with blueberrys, turmeric, dark chocholate, a source of omega 3 and green tea (decaff) as they all contain chemicals/nutrients that help with new brain growth. Reducing and replacing caffeine drinks with the green tea made a noticeable difference to my mood and voices. Balancing exercises like yoga stimulate new brain growth so does dancing where instructions are given like salsa/ballroom. Learning new skills like languages and playing musical instruments is also good for the brain. Learn to handle stress better, keeping positive and the mind on an even keel helps also. Lastly, I would recommend practising a form of spirituality if you feel comfortable with it, a healthy relaxed approach to it can put the mind in a better place.

It takes time, I read more than a year for the brain to heal from damage that may have occurred in the past but it's worth sticking with, I have made big gains with this approach but I only walk for exercise and do less than 90 min total exercise per day as apparently more than this has a negative effect on mh.


Dec 25, 2019
Norfolk, UK

I think if you want go stop meds, then like the person said above: you need to make healthy lifestyle choices to compensate & bring you back to reality.

For starters, do you smoke? I found that smoking dramatically impacted my mood & it just left me feeling so low all the time. But I bought a vaporiser & my last cigarette was 3 months ago.

Caffeine & Sugar: these two can play a significant role in your mood. Try to avoid both- use decaf & sweetener for your tea & eat foods with natural sugars like fruit

What do you do to keep your brain occupied? Cause keeping occupied significantly helps mental health. If I had a job, that'd probably take up my time. But iv been jobless for a year now, so iv found other ways to avoid boredom, like: reading (my favorite hobby), research, socialising, going for walks, joining groups, playing video games & watching tv

Finally, who do you surround yourself with? Because the people around you will influence your mood & shape who you are. Spend time with those that genuinely wish for you to do good--those that are positive & responsible. Avoid people who are toxic, abuse substances and miserable.

That's all I can tell you.

Good luck!