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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.”