So, I figured out that the best type of treatment for schizophrenia in the spectrum of hallucinations and abnormal physical experiences would be medications.
I went to a Temple Grandin event at school and, for those that don't know, she has Autism and is a celebrity in the world of mental health. She talked about giving control over your fears during the presentation.
In the case for people with Autism, something as loud as a vaccuum cleaner can create great distress. A person can overcome the vaccumm if they are allowed to play with it: turn it on and off. Gradually exposing and allowing control over the fear.
In the case of schizophrenia, medications allow control for voices. My medication did make my voices predictable. As I gradually, recovered they begin to fade.
Delusions, on the other hand, have remained with me for a long time. However, psychoeducational therapy is effective in treating it. A hearing-voices-&-seeing-things group builds mindfulness. Why? Because as people talk about their different explanations for their voices, they start to see that people's perception vary which can lead to questioning.
If something like believing in God was a delusion, it would be very hard to give up on it. People tend to sacrifice everything for their beliefs. As a result, medication, in my opinion, is not the best treatment for delusions.
I've learned that hospitalized individuals can refuse to discuss their delusions due to fear of being put on more medications. However, delusions are a memory that keeps reconstructing. The more people challenge it, the more people want to be the hero. Don't challenge someone's delusions and treat the abnormal experiences before dealing with unfalsifiable beliefs.
The truth is that challenging pushes people away. It leads people into believing in theories that are outside the norm. As a result, they seek other like-minded people on internet. And sometimes, other people take advantage of the mentally ill by making them think they can donate to a "good cause." #AtypicalSchizophrenia #Schizophrenia