New therapy for patients suffering from Schizophrenia

I have just discovered this BBC article about some researchers in London, using a new form of therapy on people suffering from schizophrenia who are not responding to medication.

This is a new method involving the use of avatars. Patients were asked to imagine what these voices would look like, and design an avatar to match the voice. Personally, I think this could be a really effective idea, and this is why…

When I was a teenager, and I started to develop symptoms of Psychosis, one of these symptoms was believing that there was someone who controlled my thoughts and that I had to do what they said, however I could never talk to that ‘person’ directly, it would always be messages through other voices.

In a way, you could say that this person was God-like. All seeing, all knowing but I would never see their face. This, I feel, made that person so much more fearful.
By attaching a face to these voices, it takes away some of the not knowing, which in turn makes them a bit less scary to stand up to. It’s terrifying to try and stand up to an unknown presence, but easier to stand up to a person with a face.

I know that this won’t work for everyone, but I think it’s a great idea to get people to confront the voices in an easier way, and I really hope it helps a lot of people.

What do you think?




One thought on “New therapy for patients suffering from Schizophrenia

  1. @LifeinHarmonyUK this is lovely to hear. I have worked with clients with whom their way of working was to engage the avatar they used online (I am talking four five years ago too ….) one client’s avatar was very brave and courageous, yet he found he could not engage with those aspects in every day life.

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