My youngest daughter has been telling me she heard voices and saw things that to her wasn’t real. E.g. voices telling her “don’t eat that” and “something about the green/red man jumping off the lighting of a pedestrian crossing” That was a few years ago. Now, she told me the voices is becoming more frequent, and mean, e.g. saying that she is fat. My daughter recognizes that the voices aren’t real, but she questions what if the voices are telling the truth. I had a long debate what the average BMI says about her and her view that her thighs and ankles are bigger than normal. Recently, just before bed she saw someone tapping on the window and waving from the outside. I threw open the curtain, and that probably helped her acknowledge that nothing is there. One of the things I am encouraging her to do is to check and validate if what she hears and what she sees is real. BTW, my youngest daughter is seeing a psychologist for social anxiety and I have not brought her to see a psychiatrist.
The reason why I wrote this is to find out if anyone out there have other experience to share.
- Does frequent interaction with the subject helps? i.e. talking, helping the person see the logic; validating if what they see is real (e.g. someone tapping on the window late at night can be scary and having more than one person brings up courage to open the curtain to validate).
- Has anyone seen remission on schizoaffective disorder without taking medication? I am wondering if by having more interaction with the subject, taking on a more regimented daily routine, avoiding stressful situations helps a person with schizoaffective disorder lead a life without medication?
I won’t be angry if someone thinks that I am delusional and need to send my daughter to a psychiatrist right away. I am also encouraged by stories that there are some whom medication has not helped and they just find a way to deal with their illness.