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I Miss the Voices in My Head: Read the Surprising Reason Why

I do miss the voices in my head occasionally. Most people who hear voices in their head would give anything to get rid of this scary and disruptive symptom of schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder (Auditory Hallucinations: What’s It Like Hearing Voices?). I’m one of them. Yet sometimes I wish I could have an episode of hearing those voices in my head. Here’s why.

Hearing Voices in My Head Is a Sign to Take a Break

When I hear voices, I stop everything I’m doing to take care of myself. It’s almost as if the voices in my head give me permission to do that.

Why would I miss the voices in my head? Schizophrenic voices are a hassle 99% of the time. Yet, the voices in my head can come in handy. Read this.

As soon as the symptom of hearing voices invades, I always used to put on an album by Tori Amos and go on Facebook. But Facebook has been stressful, at least ever since the 2016 US presidential election. When I’m hearing voices, the last thing I need, on the one hand, is Donald Trump’s angry face glaring at me or, on the other hand, alarmist posts about how the USA is poised for a Holocaust (Schizophrenia, Anxiety, and Hearing Voices).

I’m not hearing voices or on Facebook right now, and I’m still getting pretty worked up just thinking about all the discordant Facebook messaging, let alone how I would feel if I were trying to use it to calm myself down while experiencing a painful symptom. So I don’t go on Facebook anymore when I hear voices. Instead, I watch a really mellow, soothing DVD of an intimate Tori Amos show.

The focus is on soothing the voices in my head down to silence. Yet I don’t know why I need to hear voices in my head to allow myself to take a break. I think it goes back to my days at college and graduate school at places like The Rhode Island School of Design and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago where the absolute worst thing you could be called was a slacker. Also, American culture perpetuates an ideal of the workaholic. After all, our mass addiction of choice is caffeine.

Coping When I Hear Voices in My Head but I’m Not at Home

When I hear voices in my head and I’m not at home, I go home as quickly as possible. That’s why I don’t like to go out in groups. In fact, I really don’t like to go out at all, but if I do, I go with my husband, Tom, who is understanding about leaving an event early. I go out to lunch or tea with close friends who would offer support if we had to get the sandwiches boxed and leave. I go to my parents’ house, a short distance from my apartment.

Last summer, Tom and I went to the Renaissance Fair together, and we had to leave after only a couple of hours because I started hearing voices. That is one example of a time it stunk to be hearing voices. I look forward to going to the Fair every summer, and it was sad that it was cut short early for both of us – because of my stupid voices.

So 99 percent of the time, I don’t like hearing voices. But if I’m already under a lot of stress, and not out trying to have a good time, occasionally the voices in my head come as a relief. Sometimes it takes hearing voices to make me realize it’s time to calm down and calm the way I wrap myself in the world around me.

The Voices in My Head Tell Me to Take a Break

Photo by Elizabeth Caudy

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Author: Elizabeth Caudy

Elizabeth Caudy was born in 1979 to a writer and a photographer. She has been writing since she was five years old. She has a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA in photography from Columbia College Chicago. She lives outside Chicago with her husband, Tom. Find Elizabeth on Google+ and on her personal blog.

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  2. I am schizophrenic too and been this way since I was a kid the voices the nightmares the pain the feeling of doubt and like I’m split between three different aspects of myself fighting over one body. Though it was a horrible experience it did teach me something and made me wonder….why does those voices say the thing it says and I talked to a few other schizophrenic and it’s most intriguing on how similar are symptoms and delusions are which shouldn’t be possible seeing as various variables in the genetic makeup of the individual make each person unique so shouldnt each person have a different delusions? Yes some are more unstable then others but all say the same thing and I have a theory but I was wondering about your story I’m trying to gather as much information as possible

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