Learning from the Voices in My Head

Learning from the Voices in My Head

by Eleanor Longden

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Eleanor Longden was a college freshman when she started hearing voices in her head. Diagnosed with schizophrenia and checked into a psychiatric ward, Longden spent years trapped in a nightmare of hospitals and medications, pain and depression.
Yet she survived. Her technique: to learn to listen to her internal narrators, not reject them. Now on the cusp of finishing her Ph.D. in psychology, Longden still hears voices � and she says she wouldn�t live without them.
Part personal memoir and part medical argument, Learning from the Voices in My Head challenges society�s definition of crazy. Longden calls for a new, nuanced understanding of voice hearing and urges us to see madness not as a condition, but as a process � one through which those who struggle with mental health issues have the chance to emerge with their sanity intact. Longden�s powerful story shows that there is, in the end, a message in the madness.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940148643685
Publisher: TED Conference, LLC
Publication date: 08/02/2013
Series: TED Books , #39
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Eleanor Longden is a postgraduate researcher with a specialty in psychosis, trauma, self-injury, and dissociation, particularly in terms of promoting creative, person-centered approaches that emphasize the lived experience and expertise of clients. After working for five years in an Early Intervention in Psychosis service in the U.K., she now does full-time research and training and has lectured and published worldwide on different ways of understanding and recovering from emotional distress. She is coordinator of the Intervoice Scientific Committee, trustee of Intervoice and the U.K. Soteria Network, an honorary member of the French Hearing Voices Network, and a faculty member of the International Centre for Recovery Action in Practice, Education, and Research (ICRA). In 2013 she joined the International DSM-5 Response Committee, which promotes an organized, critical response to the process of psychiatric diagnosis.

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