A few days ago I had a conversation with someone about my hearing voices. The person I was speaking to is not a voice hearer, and they were explaining their difficulty in understanding this aspect of my mental health. It got me thinking that there are probably many people around the world who have trouble understanding the voice hearing experience. It is, after all, not something many people can get their head around.
Over the years I have tried to explain, to the best of my ability, my own experiences with hearing voices, for example:
- Introducing the People I hear; was a post that introduced my five primary voices to the world.
- What it’s like to hear voices; in which I tried to explain what it feels like to hear voices.
- What triggers Meadhbh; explored, from Meadhbh’s perspective, what triggers her to talk to me.
But I probably haven’t covered all of the questions that you may have about this aspect of my mental health. Which is why I’ve decided to open it up to you. In this brand spanking new blog series, I’m giving you the opportunity to ask any question you may have in regards to voice hearing and my experience of it. Perhaps you want to know how I handle multiple voices talking to me twenty-four hours a day. Perhaps you’ve been burning to ask when all this started in my life, but were too afraid to do so. Whatever question you may have, I will answer it as honestly and openly as I can.
But this Q&A isn’t just for me. My voices have also agreed to answer any questions you may have of them. So if you’re keen to find out what gets Meadhbh all excited, or what books are Audrey’s favourite, now’s your chance. All you have to do is ask, and they will answer, as honestly as they can.
In order to make it user-friendly I’ve decided to offer several ways that you can ask questions:
If you’re happy for your question to be viewed publicly, you can;
But if you’d rather the question be kept private, you can;
- Ask it via email (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Just remember to direct your question to who you’d like to answer it. Either myself, Addy, or my voices, Meadhbh, Audrey, Vanessa or Shay. This will prevent any confusion and/or avoid everyone offering their opinion when it isn’t wanted.
We’re happy to answer any question you may have, and look forward to opening up a conversation about the voice hearing experience.
So, let’s get the questions rolling! :)