Hello, I’m Ruby Jones.
And I’m Marina Santee. Welcome to Spotlight.
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It is easier for people to understand, no matter where in the world they live.
“Some tragic events were happening in my life.
First of all, my girlfriend killed herself.
It was a terrible shock to me.
We had been very happy together.
Then, I broke my hip bone while playing a game of rugby.
I had to spend many weeks in hospital.
The doctors told me I would never play rugby again.
Later, I went back to work.
One day, I was in my office.
Suddenly, I heard a voice behind me saying, “You did that wrong.”
I looked, but there was no one there.
The voice spoke again. And again.
As time passed, I began to hear two voices - then three.
Finally, there were six different voices.
They spoke to me all the time.
They told me how weak and useless I was.
They only stopped when I drank too much alcohol.
I could not think clearly.
Soon, I lost my job.
And I ended up in a mental hospital.”
This is Ron Coleman’s story.
Doctors decided that Ron was suffering from a mental condition called schizophrenia.
His understanding of what was real had changed.
The voices he heard seemed real.
But they did not actually exist.
Doctors advised Ron to take a series of different medicines.
They said he would feel better.
But Ron’s mental state did not improve.
The voices were still as loud as before.
He found it difficult to deal with life.