Empirical Coping Strategies

It is well established that 50% of schizophrenics will attempt suicide, and 10% will succeed. This statistic is most likely a result of the impact of hearing critical hateful voices.

If medication is sub-optimal, then coping strategies are the last line of defense against bodily harm. Very often, the voices are so malevolent that suicidal ideation is the result.

Rather than just repetitively randomly trying a variety of different techniques to cope, it would be better to know which strategy will yield the best result. This is not intuitive as it may seem, because some strategies have greater impact in the mid to long term, but are not so effective immediately.

The ability to successfully manage Auditory Verbal Hallucinations (AVH's) is known to be substantively dependent upon "beliefs about voices". This is one example of why a coping strategy may not be immediately effective, but will be invaluable in the longer term. Consequently, this website is aiming to help establish improved understanding of the efficacy of different coping strategies, so people living with voices can be better informed in selecting their management approach.

Two things are needed. First is an exhaustive list of available strategies, easily available. Second is some data based understanding of the antecedent voice stimuli (triggers) that precipitate the need for amelioration.
Once these two data sets are in place, ongoing experimentation and data records can be analysed and evaluated for their properties and efficacy.

This site is being used to centralise an exhaustive list of available coping strategies. A database of what ‘the voices’ say (the specific stimuli) will help evaluation of coping techniques.

It will help people who live with voices realize that other people hear the same things, and potentially indicate how many people hear the same things, and facilitate prediction of what the voices may say next. It may also attenuate social isolation.

All it takes to achieve this is
1) Complete the three surveys (used to provide a evidence of an upper limit of phenomenological themes).
2) Keep a daily (est. 1 hour per day) journal/diary of what the voices say to you, and how you respond. Also keep a record of any coping strategy employed, and the results it achieved. Then every now and again, visit this site and deposit the data. It is hoped that you will provide an email contact address so we can follow up your submission and seek clarification if necessary.

Please help yourself and other people.