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…
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.”
Liked the coping mechanisms- taking time out to respond to voices, music, audio books
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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.
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.
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.
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.
So moving and inspiring – have to put it on Facebook!
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.