Jason Thibeault Posted 7 months ago Eleanor Longden: The voices in my head A very interesting premise. Diagnosed with schizophrenia at an early age (and then going through behavioral modification which included hypnotherapy; re-diagnosed recently) I have lived with many alternate realities my entire life. Simultaneously. I have never been medicated but have, instead, focused on an intellectual, a rational approach to the different ways my brain perceives and interacts with the world. I understand that external factors (like stress and compassion) affect these perceptions. Stress can exacerbate them, bringing out voices, making demands, and creating an environment that is genuinely hostile while compassion (I have four children and a loving wife) mitigates the issues. But, as you so eloquently pointed out, realization and recognition are half the battle. When I know what is happening, when I know that I am manic or depressed, when I know that there is a schism between my mind and the reality that everyone else inhabits, I can address it. For me, that is a process of intellectualization, of analysis and exploration, of finding the root cause and the patterns so that I can box them up and move them to the side. Because of this, I live in a constant state of symptom and remission with, as you said again, a practiced and polished veneer. Your talk, your perspective, and your theory is spot on. The issue is that I don't think it's for everyone. I firmly believe that without the intellectual capacities, without mental fortitude, there is no way to recognize and acknowledge. For those, schizophrenia (and other mental illness) is a prison from which medicine is the only escape (read A Beautiful Mind; he moved, like you, from medicine to self treatment through a mental process). Regardless, bravo for sharing.