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Interesting TED talk on schizophrenia as a TMS equivalent

Discussion in 'General Discussion Subforum' started by Moose, Aug 13, 2013.

  1. Moose

    Moose Peer Supporter

    So I just came across this new TED talk, by a woman who heard voices:


    It's really interesting. She said the voices were a 'sane response to insane circumstances', and that her condition got worse when she sought medical attention (sound familiar?). The key to her getting better was to finally realise that the voices were a response to emotional childhood trauma. She never mentions TMS but the parallels are striking, right down to her thanking the voices when they got bad for telling her something was up emotionally.

    I think it's an interesting manifestation of a mindbody syndrome, because in her case her unconscious was directly talking to her conscious mind. Of course, it's still cryptic and it's not straightforward to work out what the unconscious is saying, in the same way that it talks to us through pain symptoms.

    Like many of us, she was severely let down and hurt by many people she encountered in the medical establishment. She managed to find her way out and recover, but it makes me sad to think of how many other people with similar conditions who have had their lives ruined.
  2. KathyBee

    KathyBee Peer Supporter

    I think we often hear voices in our head in a normal way.
    They tell us normal everyday things like "you need to leave now or you will be late" or "do you really need to have another cookie." Because these messages are in agreement with our conscious thoughts we do not perceive them as coming from an outside source. It is just another way of thinking.
    But I think that people can have thoughts that are so violent or disturbing [i.e. repressed thoughts] that they are unable to think of the thoughts as coming from them. So the voice is perceived as coming from an outside source.
  3. Ellen

    Ellen Beloved Grand Eagle

    I enjoyed this very much. Thanks for posting it, Moose.
  4. Moose

    Moose Peer Supporter

    No problem!

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