What makes people hear voices? Where do the voices come from? How do they all of a sudden start getting through.
Medical science classify these instances as ‘psychosis’. Wikipedia explains Psychosis as:
(from the Greek ψυχή “psyche”, for mind or soul, and -ωσις “-osis”, for abnormal condition) literally means abnormal condition of the mind, and is a generic psychiatric term for a mental state often described as involving a “loss of contact with reality”. People suffering from psychosis are said tobe psychotic.
It then goes on to say:
However, many people have unusual and unshared (distinct) experiences of what they perceive to be different realities without fitting the clinical definition of psychosis. For example, many people in the general population have experienced hallucinations related to religious or paranormal experience. As a result, it has been argued that psychosis is simply an extreme state of consciousness that falls beyond the norms experienced by most.
Obviously both of these are open to discussion and I would love to hear what you believe!
The general opinion is that a chemical imbalance in the brain causes this ‘psychosis’. Sleep deprivation has also been scientifically proven to change the chemical balance in the brain which in rare occasions has led to psychotic behaviour. The symptoms of psychosis include:
- Sight – someone with psychosis may see colours and shapes, or imaginary people, or animals.
- Sounds – someone with psychosis may hear voices that are angry, unpleasant or sarcastic.
- Touch – a common psychotic hallucination is that insects are crawling on the skin.
- Smell – usually a strange, or unpleasant, smell.
- Taste – some people with psychosis have complained of having a constant unpleasant taste in their mouth.
- Paranoid delusion – A person with psychosis will often believe that an individual or organisation is making plans to hurt or kill them, which in turn can lead to unusual behaviour. For example, a person with psychosis may refuse to be in the same room as a mobile phone because they believe they are actually mind-control devices.
- Delusions of grandeur – A person with psychosis may have delusions of grandeur where they believe that they have some imaginary power, or authority. For example, they may think they are president of a country, or that they have the power to bring people back from the dead.
- Confusion of thought – People with psychosis often have disturbed, confused and disrupted patterns of thought. Signs of this include: their speech may be rapid and constant; the content of their speech appears random; they may switch from one topic to another in mid-sentence, and their train of thought may suddenly stop, resulting in an abrupt pause in conversation or activity.
- Lack of insight -People who are experiencing a psychotic episode often totally unaware that their behaviour is in any way strange, or that the delusions or hallucinations that they are experiencing could be imaginary. They may be capable of recognising delusional or bizarre behaviour in others, but lack the self-awareness to recognise it themself.
My incentive for researching this topic is personal. I was recently told that someone whom I had known for 20 years had taken their own life after hearing voices for the past 6 months. It was totally out of character, as these things usually are, and caused much pain and suffering for the nearest and dearest – again something they never would have done had it been their choice. So can many of these symptoms be explained spiritually/psychically.
But more importantly what is the best treatment for this ‘condition’ is it medication or spiritual assistance/psychic help?
I know my own current thoughts on the matter but I really want to hear what you think the causes of this so called condition are and the best way to treat it.