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Eleanor Longden recommends

Longden shares essential books, articles and websites related to hearing voices, and practical resources for those struggling with the experience.

Books and Articles

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    Coping with Trauma-Related Dissociation

    Suzette Boon et al.
    W. W. Norton, 2011

    An accessible, reassuring book that offers practical guidance for trauma survivors and their supporters in working towards healing and recovery.

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    The origins of voices: Links between voice hearing and life history in a survey of 100 cases

    Dirk Corstens and Eleanor Longden
    Psychosis, 2013

    We’re often told that voices are a meaningless symptom of illness, with no more psychological relevance than a headache or chest pain. In fact, the content and characteristics of voices can provide important insights into emotional and social conflict. This article uses findings from 100 voice hearers (mostly diagnosed with schizophrenia) to show how voices often make sense in the context of people’s lives — and how this information can help guide recovery.

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    Beyond Survival

    Yvonne Dolan
    BT Press, 2000

    Valuable reading for anyone struggling with painful memories. This is a beautiful, compassionate book that explores how to move beyond surviving the past to celebrate the present and embrace the future.

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    Hearing Voices

    Simon McCarthy-Jones
    Cambridge University Press, 2013

    An extremely well-researched and readable book that weaves historical accounts of voice hearing with contemporary perspectives and research. Whether you hear voices yourself or have a clinical or research-based curiosity, you’ll find something to interest you here.

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    The traumagenic neurodevelopmental model of psychosis revisited

    John Read et al.
    Neuropsychiatry, February 2014

    Brain changes in people diagnosed with schizophrenia were traditionally believed to be the result of disease or disorder. This pioneering article takes a truly bio-psycho-social approach by showing how childhood adversity can affect neurological development in ways that make individuals vulnerable to psychosis — and raises some profound social and clinical implications.

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    Living with Voices: 50 Stories of Recovery

    Marius Romme et al.
    PCCS Books, 2009

    A unique book that brings together the wisdom, expertise and insights of 50 people from across the world who have learned to live peacefully and positively with their voices. Rousing, reassuring and empowering in equal measure, this book is essential reading for voice hearers, mental health workers, friends and family members.

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    Madness, childhood adversity and narrative psychiatry: Caring and the moral imagination

    Philip Thomas and Eleanor Longden
    Medical Humanities, 2013

    In a psychiatric system dominated by medication, the vital role of caring human relationships is sometimes overlooked. This article argues for the need to bring a 'moral imagination' into mental health work, and presents a model of caring based on empathy for, and acknowledgment of, the stories patients tell about their lives.

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    The voice-hearer

    Angela Woods
    Journal of Mental Health, 2013

    What does it mean to take on the identity of a 'voice hearer'? This thought-provoking and eloquent article examines the politics, values and narrative practices that arose from the work of the Hearing Voices Movement, and explores their implications for psychiatric survivors.

Websites

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    Intervoice

    If you hear voices, Intervoice is here to listen! This is probably the most comprehensive resource for voice hearing on the Internet, with coping and recovery literature, a database of famous voice hearers and links to over 20 national voice-hearing networks.

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    Mad in America

    A dynamic, lively online community that hosts blogs from a broad range of resident authors, as well as news, research and personal stories. An excellent resource for anyone who’s interested in rethinking psychiatric care in the United States and abroad.

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    Voice Collective

    How can we offer comfort and support to children and young people struggling with voice hearing? Voice Collective is a London-based project that aims to do exactly that, and their website is a valuable source of information and inspiration.

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    Hearing the Voice

    Based at Durham University in the UK, Hearing the Voice is an innovative interdisciplinary research group dedicated to exploring voice hearing from a range of perspectives. The team includes academics from the fields of philosophy, cognitive neuroscience, theology and English literature, as well as psychology and psychiatry. A visit is highly recommended to anyone with a scholarly interest in voice hearing.

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    Compassion for Voices

    King's College London, 2015

    A short animated film outlining compassionate approaches for relating to voices, narrated by me and partly inspired by my TED talk.