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Panic is what happens when...

Allie told me this morning that E had told her yesterday that he hears voices all the time. If you know anything at all about Schizophrenia, this is extremely frightening. After hearing more from her and talking to him about it on the way to school, I am somewhat relieved to know that he says the voices only tell him to do things he is supposed to be doing, but isn't. More like a conscience or a mental reminder from himself that he isn't "focusing." He says they are not kids voices but sound like "you and mom." He says the voices sound real, not in his mind. I asked him a few questions and tried not to be too interested about the "voices" so he wouldn't think this was a good way to get attention. I explained to him what our conscience is and how it sometimes "talks to us" inside our mind to remind us to do the right things. If he brings up voices again like he did with his mom (this time I brought it up), and I feel like it isn't a legitimate topic (i.e., he's doing it to get attention) I will downplay it. I am reassured that the "voices" are telling him to do the right things. Still, it shook me to hear that he said that. At 8 years of age, he has no real concept of mental illness, so I don't think it possible he could make this up. He is, in some ways, fragile and sensitive; and maybe susceptible to the stress that causes a schizophrenic break. It is certainly something of which to remain aware.

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alphapythia From: alphapythia Date: October 16th, 2003 06:46 am (UTC) (Link)
Another possibility...

Just a thought, but if it seems like a kindly guiding voice, it may very well be his sub-councious, or maybe he's connecting with God/angles/departed loved-ones in some way. I really think we as a culture need to look at mental illness in a different light. It's easy to say, "if they hear voices they're nuts!" but all our religious leaders did in one form or another, maybe some of them were right? When I was a kid I saw ghosts. My parents were sceptical/worried for years until I finally figured out how to describe enough about the ghosts that I was describing my great great gandmother and her husband (who obviously, I knew nothing about) who had died in the house in which we lived. I think they were freaked out a little *more* then, esspecially when I could point thigs out that they could see.

I don't much hear or see things anymore- adulthood and the chant that you "ought not" finally got to me soemwhere along the way. I did have to go through a battery of psychiological tests to work in the feilds in which I do, and except for some anxiety and despression, have never come up anything weird. I think sainity needs to be looked at in the light of functionality. If someone think their dead grandmother is helping them make right choices in thier life- and becomes a more ethical human being because of "her advice" who am I to know or care if it *is* a dead granmother, or if it is just the person's subcouncious?

That said, I can imagine with a kid it's scarrier. I absolutly agree that you should keep an eye out for negative changes, but as long as things are positive, well... the universe and the human psyche are huge places, and we all encounter different things in there, most of us with not much reason to worry.

*hugs to you*
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