Learning to Cope With a Mind’s Taunting Voices

Another piece highlighted by INTERVOICE’s media watch…
From NY Times, Aug 2011
view the short video -click on the image below to  [2.5mins] to read the article click the link below…
Lives Restored

Learning to Cope With a Mind’s Taunting Voices

Damon Winter/The New York Times

Living With Voices: Joe Holt, a computer consultant and entrepreneur who has a diagnosis of schizophrenia, describes how he’s learned to manage the voices in his head.

            Published: August 6, 2011
LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — The job was gone, the gun was loaded, and a voice was saying, “You’re a waste, give up now, do it now.”


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8 Responses to Learning to Cope With a Mind’s Taunting Voices

  1. Mark says:

    Amazing article
    Liked the coping mechanisms- taking time out to respond to voices, music, audio books


  2. bmacd1 says:

    I’d just like to add now that I was originally just commenting on the written article. I thought the video was much better at getting across a message of empowerment. It’s great to have the work being done here gathered for people to come to terms with how mental illness is covered in media like this.


  3. bmacd1 says:

    I echo the sentiment that Joe’s story is powerful, but I still see things in the presentation of the story that concern me. An example, “perhaps half the people with schizophrenia have no such self-awareness, researchers say”. It strikes me as problematic that this type of narrative intrusion is deemed necessary. Not to take anything away from this man and his wife’s inspiring example.


    • Hi bmacd1
      I think the journalist is trying to offer balance – if he didn’t there’d likely be a stream of folks dismissing the article so if having it there means more folks read and learn, tis a good thing..
      I’m with you the video seems to offer a more direct access to Joe Holt’s experience and his spirit -but then my own bias is for video and especially first person voices.

      For me, Benedict Carey did a good job : I think the article is pretty good, and that it even exists- and in the NY Times, is very good indeed.



    • bmacd1 says:

      I agree wholeheartedly. We walk before we run. I come at this sometimes from too close a reading because I am interested in all the language involved.


  4. So moving and inspiring – have to put it on Facebook!


  5. Earla says:

    Powerful story. I am learning more about Hearing Voices from all that I am reading her. Also, that sometimes we do not have to be on med’s.


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