- Apr 15, 2015
Hi - I'm from the U.S. and have recently been introduced to the hearing voices movement. My adult daughter has been hearing voices for years, and through involvement with HVN embraced the idea that her "schizophrenia" is rooted in trauma. But then her voices started telling her specific things which her various family members did to cause her trauma but which we didn't do. We family members agree that we have responded to her illlness in ways that have undoubtedly contributed to her trauma, and have asked forgiveness of her, and have sought to change our ways, but she now insists that unless we "confess" to the specific crimes her voices claim that we have committed, she can't recover. We can see how to metaphorically interpret what the voices are saying to her, to get at the real root of the trauma, but she is still insisting that she must take the voices literally. Her psychiatrist, who is slowly understanding that voices have meaning which must be taken seriously, suggests increasing her meds(clozaril) with the hope that increased meds will increase her ability to be more objective about her experiences, and learn how to interpret them more metaphorically. Any insights, experiences or suggestions as to how we should best respond are most welcome. So far we have had to simply agree to disagree on the nature of the trauma causing the distressing experiences, as those specific things did not happen, though we can understand that we are being blamed perhaps because we were not able to prevent them from happening.