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Dolly - Interview 08

Dolly was born in London and had a difficult childhood. She describes her voices as coming 'out of the blue', taking her from 'nothing' to 'completely psychotic'. She spent time in an in-patient ward and it took 7 years to get the right medication.

  • Background

    Dolly is studying film, is single with no children and involved with the service user movement. Dolly heard voices at the age of 14 and in her early 20s was...

  • Age at interview 39
  • Sex/Gender Female
  • Jenni - Interview 09

    Jenni had a happy childhood with her adoptive family, and started to get depressed as a teenager. Years later she heard voices so went to her GP. She was sectioned and spent a month in hospital. Now she feels much better and is now in a full time job

  • Background

    Jenni is 30, lives in London, works in business and has no children. She describes herself as mixed race, lives in a shared house and is currently doing a number...

  • Age at interview 30
  • Sex/Gender Female
  • Annie - Interview 17

    Annie had a 'normal' life before becoming unwell in her teens. She was admitted to hospital at 18 and diagnosed with cerebral lupus at 24. She finds the stigma and experience similar to others with severe mental illness. She is now doing graduate studies.

  • Background

    Annie is a student, single and has no children. Ethnic background’ White British.

  • Age at interview 34
  • Sex/Gender Female
  • Tom - Interview 23

    After a long period of things not being 'quite right', Tom went from being a 'model student' to a 'bad student'. Much later, he started hearing voices and was diagnosed with schizophrenia. He is now taking sulpiride and doing lots of music and painting and wants to make films.

  • Background

    Tom is an artist and musician, single and has no children. Ethnic background’ White English

  • Age at interview 39
  • Sex/Gender Male
  • David - Interview 28

    David feels like he has been involved with mental health services his whole life, and started self-harming aged 14. After being discharged from the army for self-harm, he 'lost his way' and eventually went to prison. Now he is training to be a support worker, has done a degree in applied psychology, and found CBT useful.

  • Background

    David does volunteer work, and is single with no children. Ethnic background’ White British.

  • Age at interview 31
  • Sex/Gender Male
  • Gary - Interview 32

    Gary had a 'very disturbed childhood' and was bullied. In his 20s he 'knew something was wrong' but 'couldn't describe it'. He has had many different diagnoses and has been sectioned '3' times. Now he volunteers for a user organisation, has done a course in aromatherapy, and tries to stay well.

  • Background

    Gary is a volunteer, is single and has no children. Ethnic background’ White Scottish.

  • Age at interview 37
  • Sex/Gender Male