DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Hallucinations and delusions are just some traits of those who have schizophrenia.
At Wallace Community College, students are able to hear these same thoughts through their simulation program.
With COVID-19 taking over, they’ve had to make adjustments from how they normally run the simulations.
“Normally we do that on campus,” Associate Nursing Degree program administrator Suzanne Whittaker said. “Unfortunately because of COVID, we’re not able to do that simulation on campus.”
Now, students listen to schizophrenic thoughts all day through just headphones.
Those headphones allow students to hear something like the innermost and deepest thoughts of those who have schizophrenia.
They must perform five mundane tasks like putting a puzzle together, answer simple questions, do laundry, and more. This allows students to be empathetic with people who through this.
“You actually put them on, and you hear the commands,” student Mickey McKenney said. “You hear the voices. You can’t take them off. You can’t run away from them the same way someone with schizophrenia can’t run away from some of the challenges.”