Voices matter and (so do other extreme or unusual experiences)

” I had the life squished out of me by psychiatry… I didn’t see myself as a human being at all” – one of the many voices of the psychiatric survivors in this video. Well worth watching… are you going to watch this Ben Goldacre and Simon Wessely or are you going to continue to ignore all these people, similar psychiatric survivors, and their experiences?…

Everything Matters: Beyond Meds

The below video is a couple of years old and I somehow missed it. It’s really wonderful and well worth watching. I hope to be able to attend one of these congresses soon. I am starting to entertain the idea of traveling again, though I’m not sure yet when that might happen.

“Voices Matter” is a documentary about the global Hearing Voices Movement, filmed at the 2012 World Hearing Voices Congress in Cardiff, Wales. For more info visit the Open Paradigm Project.

Below I’m cutting and pasting a post from the archives with some commentary and a collection of links on voice hearing.

voicesHearing voices: living and thriving as voice hearers

Some commentary and a collection of posts that look at voice hearing and how to cope with them and grow and heal with them too. 

I found the below excerpted article about a therapist who uses what she…

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  1. solo49

    Yes Truthman, Voices and other and other unusual experiences do matter. I say this as someone who experienced both auditory and (projected) visual phenomena upon radical psych drug withdrawal some years ago.

    The Open Paradigm Network is well structured and involves some big hitters in the psychiatric survivor movement and it’s great that voice hearers can witness live testimonies and exchange ideas with other voice hearers in helpful and mutually supportive ways..

    With regard to wider investigations concerning as yet mostly unproven large scale brain experimentation through pharmaceutical, biochemical, electromagnetic and other approaches which could more easily affect damaged brains through invasive internal and remote external means; it should come as no surprise that voice hearers are currently receiving well deserved funding and other helpful resources as well as keen interest and close attention from within psychiatric, psychological and specialist academic circles.

    Below article provides a useful starting point for activists who may be interested in such research from a human rights perspective:


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