Heres one thing I don't understand, maybe any schizophrenics out there can answer.
Why would you ever listen to random voices in your head once they started? I mean really if I started hearing voices first thing on my list is NOT to
listen to them, next involves self admitting into a hospital...
But I guess thats why its called crazy.
The mistake you are making is thinking about this with logic and reason, something that someone suffering from psychosis doesn't have the option of
doing, especially if it's their first psychotic break. Some people who have multiple psychotic breaks can ultimately learn to somewhat question thier
psychosis and voices and try and think about it in a more logical manner, sometimes people will be lost to it forever, it depends on the person.
Another mistake you are making is thinking that hearing voices is specific to schizophrenia. Hearing voices is actually incredibly common, and not
everyone who hears voices will find themselves suffering from psychosis, also psychosis is not specific to schizophrenia either. Psychosis is very
common in the manic phase of bipolar, it can also present in severe cases depression and also after a specific traumatic event where someone has never
experienced mental illness before, it can happen due to post partum issues and also drug induced issues.
Psychotic delusions and voices are very real to a person suffering from them, as real as i am sitting here typing this response to you, as real as if
you were sitting down talking to a friend having a beer and a laugh, this is why people suffering from genuine psychosis do not actually know that
they are unwell, they feel their behvaiour and thoughts are rational, they feel the vocies are very real, except the reality to someone suffering from
psychosis is only real to them and not everyone else around them.
Some people in the prodromal states of psychosis can question what is happening to them and can seek help before their reality crumbles around them
and they are lost to it, but some people don't actually realise what is happening and never seek help until it's too late. Psychosis is often a
gradual thing rather than something that just happens over night.
I want you to think of the most surreal and realistic dream/nightmare you ever had. Lets say in this instance the kind of dream where you are being
chased by an unknown entity. In the dream the fear and confusion is so real to you, the unknown entity is calling out to you, mocking you, you can
hear it laughing, you can hear it chasing, it gets so close you can smell it and feel its breath on the back of your neck and right before it grabs
you, you wake up....Wow, what a relief, it was only a dream! But imagine that on waking this dream continued to happen. This is just an over
simplified way of explaining what psychosis can be like. Not everyone suffering from psychosis experiences the same voices and delusions, these are
usually personal to the individual.
I would also like to point out that not everyone suffering from psychosis will go on to commit murders. But the media love it when someone suffering
from mental illness does. You can almost see them salivating at the fact. Most people suffering from psychosis are actually more a risk to themselves