Learn cop­ing strate­gies and skills

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Street Watch -

MAR­LENE Janssen has four voices that speak to her.

She said three were quite neg­a­tive.

“But I have an agree­ment with them now so they don't bug me dur­ing meet­ings,” she said.

“It takes me 45 min­utes to get home, so I ar­range for them to talk to me then.

“I know it sounds crazy to ev­ery­one, but that's what I do to cope.”

Ms Janssen said one voice sounded like an an­i­mated com­puter voice.

“There is al­ways one dom­i­nant male, who is rude and ob­nox­ious and a bunch of monks that chant all the time,” she said.

But there is a gen­tle fe­male voice that tells her ev­ery­thing will be OK when things get bad.

“I have no idea who they could be,” she said.

“I don't know what trig­gered them. But I do know when I get re­ally stressed they are more prom­i­nent.”

She said peo­ple who heard voices should not give up.

“A lot of peo­ple hear voices and it's not re­lated to men­tal ill­ness,” she said.

“I also want to stress there is a place for med­i­ca­tion.

“I'm not against it but there's a lot more you can do other than take med­i­ca­tion, in­clud­ing learn­ing cop­ing strate­gies and skills.

“Peo­ple are of­ten so quick to take med­i­ca­tion, but there's no magic pill that can fix it all.”

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