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I've just joined and am wondering if it might help me cope better...

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amimad319

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I haven't found any online forums that actually are easy interaction but I was watching a woman on TED and she mentioned this site and so, here I am... I'm very worried about people finding out about my problem and so far only my close family know. I know it's my own self hating thoughts being repeated back to me in different voices and that was enough to make it stop when I first got that. Now it has started again and no matter how many times I tell myself that it's just me, I can't help feeling attacked and begin to get tense and my daily life is becoming really unfulfilling. I don't want medication, I can't afford therapy... has anyone found a better way? I would really appreciate any input... thanks!:confused:
 
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Welcome! Sorry that I can't make suggestions right now but I just wanted to say hello and hope that you soon feel at home here

Kate xx
 
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Nicola398

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Hello Amimad:welcome:
This is a brilliant forum, lots of friendly kind supportive and understanding people.
I am sorry about your struggle with voices.I know it can wear you down when they get out of control.
You know you don't have to take medication and many people learn other ways of handling the hearing voices without it.No one else need know, it is fine to keep it to yourself and close family.
These link might be of help to you:

Hearing Voices Network: Welcome


Hearing Voices Network | Support. Support Groups in the UK. | Patient.co.uk

Intervoice: The International Hearing Voices Network

https://www.rethink.org/diagnosis-treatment/symptoms/hearing-voices

Look around the forum too and feel free to join in and post where you like and if you want to share

contribute, ask question or offer or ask for support.

I hope you have a good experience of being here with us.

Love and hugs:hug:NicolaX:)

PS There is a Hearing Voices subforum on this forum.Go to forum home page scroll down to the recovery section and scroll down and you will see the heading,' Hearing Voices', which you click on, of course!
 
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amimad319

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Thanks so much for all the information Nicola, I actually got to this forum by looking up the Intervoice site... I am a little bummed there are no groups that meet anywhere near my area. I had been on meds but gained 30lbs in just a few months and was even worse off... I feel like I just wish there was a chat room that I could talk to someone that understands and have a live conversation... do you know of anything like that? It's strange because I can't remember when they started up again... it feels like almost a year ago but only when I was alone. Now it's all the time and going to work has become really difficult. I will look up the Hearing Voices section as you suggested, I hope I can find some way to quiet them at least when I'm around other people...
 
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Hi Amimad319

The charities Rethink and Mind run some mental health groups around the U.K.

Mind

Rethink

In Bristol and Staffordshire Changes run mental health meetings where you can meet others with MH issues.

Changes Staffordshire

Changes Bristol

If you do make friends here on MHF there is nothing to stop you chatting on the phone or via Skype or meeting up. I would advise that you think about your safety and be cautious when giving out any private details, if you meet up with anyone do so in a well known public space that you are familiar with, tell people where you are going and who you are meeting and ideally take a friend or family member. :hug1:

We do not have a chat service because all our staff are volunteers, and moderating a chat room would be a lot of extra work.
 
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Hello and welcome to the site, I don't have any advice I'm afraid but I hope you find it helpful here xx
 
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I see, that makes sense... I'm in the USA so I will have to find some kind of program here that may help but with no healthcare it's really difficult for us to find good clinics that aren't just trying to put you on the next medication the labs are promoting... They don't usually offer therapy just medication. Thanks for the reply:)
 
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amimad319

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Wow! Thank you! I will look at them now and see if there are any programs around me... I really appreciate your help Wiseowl(y)
 
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No problem Anmimad319 I hope it proves useful. :hug1:
 
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Nicola398

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Aminad,
There is a site based in the UK, Ireland actually, it is a forum too, run online and anyone can join, even if in the US, you can become a member. It is called turn2me.org.They also run group support sessions,up to two hours long each one, every evening, they used to be in chat rooms but now I think you chat via a forum set up,posting to each other and talking that way, there is a counselor there and members have all sorts of mental health problems not just hearing voices, but that too, you can ask for support there and give support too.It isn't live face to face but it is helpful and the nearest thing to being live online.Give it a try and let us know what you think.It is easy to register with the site and become a member and it doesn't cost anything to join the groups.Good luck with it!NicolaX
https://www.turn2me.org/group-support/
 
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