Avatars and Schizophrenia

They say 1 in 100 people are diagnosed with schizophrenia, which, if my math is correct, comes out to about 70,000,000 people world wide.  That’s a rather large number to say the least.

Schizophrenia is defined as “a psychiatric disorder that affects around one in 100 people worldwide. Its most common symptoms are delusions and auditory hallucinations….These voices are typically insulting, tormenting and threatening, causing much distress and anxiety in patients. Drug treatments can reduce symptoms in most patients, but around one in four continue to be affected by hallucinations.” (emphasis mine – see article linked below)  One in four is not really good odds.

I have no doubt that there are some people who truly have mental problems due to TBIs (traumatic brain injury) or hereditary diseases, or some other physical problem. Please understand, I am in no way making light of their disabilities. I believe there are legitimate, physical issues that can cause mental illness.

However, I’m going to go out on a limb here, and say that a lot of these people diagnosed with schizophrenia are either demonically possessed or oppressed.  Whenever you hear voices in your head that are not your own, especially ones that are threatening, or trying to get you to kill yourself, you have to look to the spiritual world to get a clue to where this is coming from.  But because most of the so-called “experts,” can only see in the physical, they are going to respond in the physical. They are going to prescribe drugs, some with horrendous side-effects, to block out these voices in an attempt to silence them.  They can’t cure these mental illnesses, though, because there is no physical cure to a spiritual illness.

These alleged experts have now come up with a new way for schizophrenia patients to “control” the voices in their head with an experimental therapy using avatars.  This treatment is given in 50 minute sessions once a week over six weeks but, according to the article linked below, “Before starting treatment, patients worked with a therapist to create a computerized simulation, or avatar, of the voice they most wanted to quieten – including what the voice said, how it sounded, and how it might look.” I think it would be interesting to see what kind of avatars these schizophrenic patients come up with.  I have a feeling they are going to be demonic-looking.

To read more about this new “therapy” click the link below.  It’s an interesting article presenting an interesting therapy, which may help to some degree, but they are not going to cure schizophrenia by any physical means.

Avatars Can Help Schizophrenia Patients Control Threatening Voices