9 responses to “Eleanor Longden”

  1. Rena

    My psychologist works on the basis of ignoring them and this tends to exacerbate the problem.

  2. Gina

    I seem to see no difference in mine based on talking back to them although I continue to do so. They are pretty hard to completely ignore. I hear positive as well as negative. I do try to understand what they are saying sometimes. It is necessary in finding your own balance with them. Other times, they just constantly harang me seemingly based on my religious views or morality. And I’m a good girl! LOL

    I get pretty fed up with it. I love myself as I am and some of the voices I hear a very judgemental and condeming. I am not sure if this is my subconcious or another entity interacting. When I was first becomming used to hearing them and not fearing them (which for me was one key, not fearing them and not letting them rule me. I don’t have to make any decisions based on what I hear) I thought that they were “echos” of my own thoughts. Several years later, and still talking back, I am pretty sure that there is more to the voices than echos of me because much of the time I am not in agreement with what I hear. I have found the best way for me is to go find something happy and joyful to do such as taking a drive, photography and other activities by myself.

  3. khyati

    this is quite helpful but wat shud we do if the voices tell us to kill ourselvesin that case wat can we tell the voices

    1. Erome

      Basically you ask why, and just keep asking why… eventually they run out of excuses ;) Just keep in mind, there is no good reason to kill yourself. What happens after death is unproven, and any reasons they give are suspect and can’t be trusted.

      And be good to yourself. Learn to love yourself, hug yourself, acknowledge yourself as beautiful and worthy inside, encourage yourself to care about yourself. Repeat these things to yourself as you go to sleep, as an affirmation. Voices asking you to kill yourself are a self-destructive impulse, and the best way to counter that is through laughter and learning self-love.

  4. Chloe

    Well you are obviously not schizophrenic if you do not have any more problems. You are full of it and you are misleading people who have a severe psychiatric problem that they can control their symptoms themselves.

  5. Harry

    After a week long bender, I started hallucinating and hearing voices. I eventually thought my upstairs neighbor was coming to kill me, so I ran into the city of Chicago for safety. My neighbor morphed into some satanic creature on a motorcycle and I ended up jumping off a building and breaking my ankle while running from him. With a broken ankle, the hallucinations got worse to the point where I thought I was being tortured by Satan himself. When the police came, all of the hallucinations disappeared, but only to return with printed words on the wall of the paddy-wagon. The sadistic Chicago police put me in a holding cell where I was beaten half to death by the other inmates, and then they let me go to limp away not knowing where I was. I wandered the streets hearing 4 distinct voices in my head telling me they would help me if I did certain things, and also telling me where to go since I had no idea where I was and no cell phone or wallet. Eventually I just gave up, sat on a bench, waiting for death to take me. Luckily, some good Samaritans phoned an ambulance and the hospital took care of the rest(broken ankle/psych ward). They put me on meds, but those really did nothing. At this point, I’m med/drug/alcohol free, and see a therapist weekly.

    I had always been very paranoid at night of burglars and such, but it really seemed to manifest itself more aggressively when I was lonely and depressed in a new city, and alcohol was certainly the spark that set it off completely.

    Your story is very inspiring, and helps me knowing that schizophrenia is not a death sentence.

    Thanks, and best of luck.

  6. Steven Wu

    I just saw your lovely talk online and wanted to thank you as it was illuminating to me, as someone who does not hear voices.

    I feel like your talk really applies to emotional control in general. Rather than fighting emotions, I have personally always found it much more productive to respect them and interact with them. I treat my emotions like they’re the scouts in my army. They send me warnings and indications of things that are just right over the horizon so that my consciousness can prepare for the difficulties and opportunities ahead.

  7. Clayton Miller

    Eleanor,

    My mother is going through what sounds to me like a similar ordeal. I do not think that she hears voices but I know that her past haunts her and has forever branded her with a feeling of self doubt and shame. She thinks her anxiety and depression are completely out of her control and I refuse to believe so. Is there any way I can contact you directly and get your advice? I’d rather not say too much on this blog but it has gotten to the point where I need not only professional but first hand experience.

    For my mother’s safety,
    Clayton

  8. Ann

    I just saw your inspirational talk on TED. How wonderful it is to see someone overcome such a debilitating illness to many. Both my older brother and myself have experience with this illness although mine is not as severe as my brother’s. What patience he has in his day to day dealings with mental illness. He is truly a Saint in my eyes. Maybe God gave me a taste of mental illness so that I could relate to him on some level. I love him so much and was difficult to see his pain as he lived at home for many years after first being ill. The pain, loneliness especially, misunderstandings and just plain stigma of mental illness brings me to my knees. I, too, have voices in my head that mostly comment on things (when I’m “ill”) They start as thoughts but move to voices as I become more stressed. What a great way to use these voices to understand what is happening to me emotionally. I like the way you express yourself, Elenor. Keep up the good work!

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