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[Comments] (3) update: here are some of my latest adventures...

This weekend I had the opportunity to work in a facility for clinicals, in which I worked with people who were not guilty by reasons of insanity. It was an interesting and almost overwhelming experience. As part of this clinical rotation we completed a schizo voices experiment where we listened to "voices" while completing tasks. I did pretty well, but the longer I listened the flatter my affect became and the harder it was to respond appropriately. Some voices were pleasent and others were irrational. Some weren't distinct voices but just ongoing abnormal noises. I found myself thinking about what the voices were talking about, feeling guilty for things they said I did, or the way I interpreted them. In order to ignore the voices I exhibited a thought disorder of "concrete thinking" in which you state, almost just state the obvious I guess, because you don't have the time or energy to think deeply. The experience was emotionally draining, leaving me physically tired. It was a positive experience though because I can now appreciate how difficult living with voices and thought disorders can be. I can understand why some people don't get treatment, others do well with treatment, and others don't respond to treatment at all.


Posted by Sumana at Sat Apr 12 2008 08:20

Wow. Thank you for sharing that. I didn't realize that hearing voices (even ones you knew were external) would do that.

Posted by Joe Walch at Mon May 12 2008 00:16

Interesting experiment. People should try to understand the scope and extent of cognitive disorders. On the other hand, it seems pretty difficult to really appreciate the extent to which those kind of disorders affect daily function. I suppose I could experience that with an Amphetamine, Bromocriptine, or L-Dopa overdose.

Posted by Joe Walch at Mon May 12 2008 00:17

Of course, not that I would ever want to try to do any of those experiments.

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