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I've hit a wall

Quite literally, actually. The voices said they’d stop if I hit my head hard enough, so banged my head into a concrete wall until they stopped. I feel a lot better now, save for the headache. This probably doesn’t count as a “positive coping skill,” but I’m just relieved to have found something that works, even for a little while.

Believe me (after what happened to me from 1994-2003), I understand. But I hope you’ll defer from further head-banging. One has only to work in a hospital to see how often people who do this wind up in the ER, then acute psych unit, then a long-term psych unit they’re never going to leave (if not worse).

Piles of research show that sz pts tend to get “better” when they…

  1. Get a copy of this book and read it and have their families read it, as well.
    http://www.amazon.com/Surviving-Schizophrenia-6th-Edition-Family/dp/0062268856

  2. Get properly diagnosed by a board-certified psychopharmacologist who specializes in the psychotic disorders. One can find them at…
    https://psychiatrists.psychologytoday.com/rms/

  3. Work with that “psychiatrist” (or “p-doc”) to develop a medication formula that stabilizes their symptoms sufficiently so that they can tackle the psychotherapy that will disentangle their thinking.

  4. The best of the therapies for that currently include…
    DBT – http://behavioraltech.org/resources/whatisdbt.cfm
    MBSR – http://www.mindfullivingprograms.com/whatMBSR.php
    MBCT - http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22340145
    ACT – https://contextualscience.org/act
    10 StEP – http://pairadocks.blogspot.com/2015/04/the-10-steps-of-emotion-processing.html

  5. the even newer somatic psychotherapies like…
    MBBT – https://www.newharbinger.com/blog/introduction-mind-body-bridging-i-system
    SEPT – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Somatic_Experiencing
    SMPT – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sensorimotor_psychotherapy

  6. or standard CBTs, like…
    REBT – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rational_emotive_behavior_therapy
    Schematherapy – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schema_Therapy
    Learned Optimism – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Learned_optimism
    Standard CBT – http://www.beckinstitute.org/what-is-cognitive-behavioral-therapy/About-CBT/252/

  7. If you/she/he needs a professional intervention, tell me where you live, and I will get back to you with leads to those services.

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I’m not sure this is healthy, because it might become a habit and you might do yourself serious damage. Work with the pdoc to get on the right med’s. Don’t harm yourself.

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That practice will really harm you. Much more than voices. Please tell your doctor you’ve started doing this.

when they tell you to walk off a cliff will you do that too ? :scream:
or maybe when they tell you …you are jesus…you will walk out of a second story window ? :angel:
there are better ways…of controlling your ’ own ’ mind.
know someone cares :heart:
take care :alien:

Thanks for the kind words. I see my therapist tomorrow, and I’ll talk to her about it

Excellente.

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