Living with Voices: 50 Stories of Recovery

Author(s): Marius Romme


This book is a groundbreaking development in modern mental health because it recognises the importance of the first hand experience and argues that hearing voices is not a sign of madness but a reaction to serious problems in life. Must-read book for all concerned with mental health issues.


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Marius Romme and Sandra Escher have revolutionised our understanding of voice hearing, and their work has led to a radical new way of helping people who have had this type of experience. In this timely, accessible and important book, they bring together the lessons they have learnt over more than two decades, and provide an opportunity for 50 voice hearers from across the world to tell us their stories. This is essential reading for mental health workers of all professions, which challenges conventional thinking, empowers mental health service users, and looks forward to a more humane approach to psychiatric care. Richard Bentall, Professor of Clinical Psychology, Bangor University, Wales ...rejects the traditional understanding of hearing voices as a symptom of major mental illness whose content is meaningless, and instead proposes that it is a response to trauma that has meaning and can be accepted and worked with to achieve recovery ... 'Living with Voices' is an important book for all those interested in the hearing voices approach. It puts lived experience to the forefront, and demonstrates that it is possible to live with voices and win back control of one's life. Peter Campbell, Mental health system survivor and a founder member of Survivors Speak Out and Survivors' Poetry.

Important Steps to Recovery with Voices The Disease Concept of Hearing Voices and its Harmful Aspects What Causes Hearing with Voices Accepting Voices and Finding a Way Out Making Sense of Voices: The relationship between the voices and the life history Metaphors and Emotions Hearing Voices in Groups Psychotherapy with Hearing Voices Medication Introduction to the 50 Stories The Fifty Stories

General Fields

  • : 9781906254223
  • : PCCS Books
  • : PCCS Books
  • : September 2009
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Marius Romme
  • : Paperback
  • : 616.8914
  • : 346