By Mark Ellerby
Key Themes: Mental Health, Mental Illness, Schizophrenia, Personal Experience
To achieve being ourselves with schizophrenia and hearing voices we need to be mindful of our core identity which can be violated by these mental illnesses. This can be realized by dialoguing and questioning with the voices to overcome the way they make us see ourselves. This based on our self-knowledge and the process of finding ourselves. Then we can just be who we are. This should be the therapeutic goal for people with these mental health problems.
About the Author
My biographical history is very much dominated by schizophrenia which began at age 21. I had just graduated from university and starting a PhD. course in political philosophy. I had to give up my PhD. after a five year struggle with the illness due to a lack of information to hand about what hearing voices actually is.