Persistent Symptoms Copy

Suggested Techniques for Coping with Persistent Auditory Hallucinations

  • Hum or sing
  • Take a nap
  • Wear an ear plug in the dominant ear
  • Think “stop”
  • Talk with friends
  • Go to a movie
  • Read a book, newspaper, or magazine
  • Lie down and relax
  • Hold the mouth wide open
  • Do physical exercise
  • Watch TV
  • Do your favourite hobby
  • Listen to the radio
  • Listen to music through headphones

Some of these strategies will work for other types of persistent symptoms – both psychotic symptoms (e.g., delusions, other hallucinatory experiences) as well as nonpsychotic symptoms (e.g., feelings of depression or anxiety).

Note: Cognitive therapy is effective in the treatment of persistent symptoms. Learning cognitive therapy for persistent psychotic symptoms requires supervision and is beyond the scope of this course.

Further Reading (located in the carepath)

Check out the materials in the care pathway on persistent symptoms.

Activity Four: Thought Questions

  • Review your own practice, what do you believe are the greatest contributors to relapse among your clients? How might this knowledge allow you to better refine relapse prevention plans?
  • What role does the family doctor play in relapse prevention? What are barriers to getting the family doctor involved and how might these be overcome?
  • What is the most effective strategy you use to manage your own stress?
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