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?