They Heard Voices Christchurch
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This is the official website of the
HEARING VOICES NETWORK AOTEAROA NZ - Te Reo Orooro.
Our intention is that it will provide a better understanding of what it is like to hear voices and have visions, reduce stigma around the experience and provide practical advice and research about it. We would like to encourage contributions to this site, to enable us to be a virtual community for those that hear voices. If you would like to submit an article for the site, please email the secretary (see Contacts) with your submission.We are a society run by volunteers and would like to express our gratitude to all of you who continue to help us by donating your time, spreading information about our support groups and workshops, and provide valuable donations that enable us to continue our work. Make yourself at home, we hope your enjoy your visit. OUR SPONSORSThanks to the Lotteries commision, the International Society for the Psychological treatment of the Schizophrenias , Hearing Voices Network Cymru Wales, Microsoft and Balance NZ.
The following article was written by one of our Support Group Facilitators and was published in our May 2009 newsletter.
Distraction techniques such as the use of MP3 players can be helpful to relieve distress from voices. But to be able to take control of your voices, you must accept that there is some link with yourself. Once this happens you start to take responsibility for your recovery and can start to work out the meaning of the voices. I would like to share some of my insights with you inthe hope they may help to do this.
Voices can be similar to dreams and nightmares. You can have good and bad experiences, which can be very profound and very real. Some people describe hearing voices like dreaming when awake. Interestingly one of the triggers for psychosis is sleep deprivation. Just as in dreams the voices can be presented in a symbolic way that makes it hard to see the association with ourselves. The voices may have larger than life personas that exaggerate the emotion involved making it hard to understand, just as Shakespeare tells stories that portray common themes and emotions, but we have to see past the costume and language before we can understand what is happening.