How does someone go from this:
I spent the next five years going in and out of hospital like a yoyo, labelled as severely mentally ill and had a regular prescription for a large cocktail of major tranquilisers.
I was constantly being bombarded by terrifying voices. I believed they were all powerful entities that were always right. One of the voices I heard claimed he was the devil, another threw lewed insults at me such as whore and told me he could kill anyone he wanted if I didn’t do what he said, another controlled what I ate and berated me with insults about my appearance.
To now this (medication free and healthy):
I see the voices I hear as parts of myself that hold the strong emotions it didn’t feel safe enough to feel. They are parts of me that without, I would not have survived. To see them as a symptom of a mental illness is insulting and failing to acknowledge their pivitol role in my survival as a human being. I want to thank them…not get rid of them!
Now, the voices are great friends and advisors. I would never want to get rid of them. I no longer identify with my previous role as a severely mentally ill psychiatric patient but a human being that is experiencing and surviving life in my own unique way…just like every other human being on this planet. I am co-authoring a book with Rufus and am currently studying psychology at university. I am medication free and no longer access the mental health services. I still have therapy where I continue to work on my experiences of abuse but these days I am generally a happy soul that has found a life worth living. I want to help others find the same and help spread how this can be possible. (read the whole story)
The biomedical model does not allow for this sort of healing. Pass this story far and wide. It’s important.
Read more recovery stories from extreme distress that often gets labeled psychotic, bipolar and schizophrenic on Beyond Meds. People frequently recover and thrive but psychiatry mostly deny we exist.