They often claim to be Mediums by treating their hallucinations like a Lucky 8-ball. I think it’s risky to make assumptions about your voices and even worse to sell your services as what basically amounts to daydream-interpretation.
Would you consider these people schizophrenics? I mean they don’t have any delusions except possibly “spiritual” beliefs, which aren’t really out of the ordinary in our society.
I put this in Unusual Beliefs instead of Lounge because I brought up Mediums, and I do not want to encourage belief in those practices because I don’t want to put ideas in vulnerable people’s heads.
Anyway, I used to think these people could actually hear spirits. Until I started hearing voices and they were very mean. No spirit would be that mean. Part of me clings to that possibility though because the idea of an afterlife is very soothing to me, and the voices are kind to me when I’m on medication.
Maybe the folks in question don’t think they’re sick simply because they don’t have any other symptoms? Anosognosia comes to mind, but some of these folks, who I’ve met with in the years before I started experiencing symptoms, seemed pretty together.
Sorry if this is not allowed, I’m trying not to break any forum rules, I just really want to talk about this here if it’s possible without causing too much trouble.