It has been 20 years since I had my first symptoms of schizo-affective disorder. I am 43 years old now. In the last 20 years I have had good times and bad times. It does not seem to be 20 years already. I know how to cope with the voices. My c pap helps block them out. I heard my voices last night. They are so critical of me. Putting me down saying I am worthless etc… but I know the difference between reality and delusion. So it just is an annoying symptom of my mental illness. I don’t get worked up by it anymore. I have grown emotionally by leaps and bounds since 1998. I don’t let things get to me anymore. Little drama in my life. I take one day at a time. That’s the most important lesson I have learned over the years.