Being diagnosed with a mental illness can be both emotionally and practically challenging. Listening to others who have experienced similar situations is often re-assuring and can be helpful for you, your loved ones or when preparing questions for your doctor or a specialist.
The patient aged 51 was abused by a priest as a child. He first heard voices at work and over the following ten years he spent six of them in in-patient care. He went to the Hearing Voices network in 1991 and began his recovery journey. He now works in the field of mental health.
Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)
ECT is a form of medical treatment for severe depression and, more rarely, bipolar disorder and psychotic illnesses such as schizophrenia.
This interview has been sourced from healthtalkonline.org, award-winning research into patient experiences in conjunction with the Health Experience Research Group at Oxford University, UK.
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Last reviewed: August 2013