Someone you know hears voices
Organized by: Greg Shankland
Cape Mental Health - Social Work Group
February 16, 2018
The Hearing Voices or “MAD” experience is complex, confusing and debilitating for many. Relationships suffer through lack of understanding and difficulty in talking about it in a helpful way. Progress in life becomes difficult and independence is lost, impacting the voice hearer as well as family and friends in many ways.
We can only relate and engage in pragmatic conversations when we have a shared understanding of the experience and the factors that shape it.
I am a voice hearer who has made great progress in building theoretical models that show the relationship between the weird stimuli that (so called) "hallucinations" present and the emotional, neuroplastic (information : emotion relationships) and behavioral responses they provoke. From this I have developed mind strategies to break through the experience and live a full life, that anyone can learn.
I have shared much of this on YouTube as psycho-educational material and am making progress in finding research partners to work with to prove efficacy and further co-develop the content for implemantation at scale. The solution is fully developed - it needs testing and updating from the experience of applying it.
This is what needs funding and your help will be greatly appreciated.
Fear and paranoia are the key factors that destroy quality of life and escalate the cost of care. Both of these can be dealt with through education and giving people mind strategies and tools they can use in a preventitive mode.
MAD-Sense on YouTube answering the "What the bl@@p?!!" questions that madness provokes: https://youtu.be/hQhZbrPepgw
More at my website: www.mad-sense.com
One of my seminar attendees says: " I have to say my results have been awesome since your talk. I applied what you talked about and now I only hear one voice, and I can ignore it pretty well. It's been great. I've have so much more energy and time to do the things that I want. It really has made a remarkable difference."