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How to Live Successfully When You Hear Voices

Karen Taylor

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Can you hear voices and be healthy? Can people who hear overwhelming and distressing voices be helped to find ways to live successfully with their voices? Over the past 20 years, research and practice originating in Europe and developed in partnership with voice hearers indicate that this is indeed the case. This empowering approach to assisting people—both adults and children—who hear voices and are distressed by them starts from the premise that voices are related to real feelings and emotions that need to be investigated and understood. Therefore, voices need to be accepted as a part of oneself rather than eradicated. This perspective has made a significant impact on the way voice hearers and mental health services regard the voice experience, leading to the development of a vigorous peer support network and important changes in the practice and treatments offered by service providers.

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Contributed on 12/14/2012

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