Raising Our Voices
- an account of the Hearing Voices movement
by Adam James, journalist and 2001
winner of MIND Journalist of the Year
180 pages, paperback
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Chap 1: Moses - prophet or schizophrenic?
Moses a prophet or voice-hearing psychotic? 'Everyone
heard voices before 2,500 BC'
wrote US psychologist Julian Jaynes in his seminal
book The Bicameral Mind which heralded the Hearing Voices Network.
But has this scholar's work been marginalised ever since?
2: The beginning of the Hearing Voices Network.
you know that the first UK hearing voices self-help group was set-up partly
because a sociology student needed funding for his Phd...find out other
interesting info about the rise of this influential mental health movement.
Plus, read about the network's moves to becoming a 'user-led' organisation
3: Self-help - Voice-hearers helping themselves
the story of how six hearing voices self-help groups formed. Plus, what
are the most effective way to cope with voices? What do members of a self-help
group in Salisbury, Wiltshire, think.
4: Who or what are the voices?
The Hearing Voices Network is marked by its acceptance of a diversity
of explanations for what causes voices. This chapture features contributions
by three voice-hearers - Maxwell Steer, musician and composer, Mickey
de Valda, Hearing Voices Network chair and former patient and Kati Meadow
5: Psychotic and Proud
The story of Ron Coleman, former national co-ordinator of the Hearing
Voices Network, who became a charismatic speaker in the service user-movement.
Read about his life; the trauma and grief, his first voice-hearing experience,
consultations with psychiatrists, ECT, "escape" from sections,
coming off neuroleptics, plus how vital support from Hearing Voices Network
members enabled him to 'recover' and build a career in mental health
Chap 6: Cognitive psychology
and hearing voices
Read how clinical psychology developed cognitive treatments for voice-hearing,
plus an appraisal of clinical psychology. Should
clinical psychology ally itself with psychiatry or service users? Read
what leading psychologists, such as Richard Bentall, think
7: Who's a monkey? Patient or psychiatrist?
Read how those in the hearing voices movement also endeavoured to rethink
self-harm as a coping mechanism to deal with distress. This is compared
to orthodox theorising - derived from experimenting on rheseus monkeys.
8: Grooming maverick psychiatrists.
Never before has such a revealing informal discussion between trainee
psychiatrists been put to print. Read what 20 trainees psychiatrists at
Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Psychiatric Hospital think about diagnosising
patients, pressures from seniors, and working conditions. Some remarkable
insights. Plus, why did psychiatrist Phil Thomas feign cutting his wrists
with a razor blade?
9: Advocacy at the deep end
The true story of Hearing Voices Network advocacy work for a young mother
detained in hospital
10: The genetics of schizophrenia - science or hocus pocus?
Are the genticists really on to something? Or is there, in all honesty,
as much hope of finding a schizophrenia gene as there is finding the Loch
Ness monster? A unique examination of the scientific research into the
Raising Our Voices now
by Ron Coleman, former national co-ordinator of the Hearing Voices
this comprehensive book Adam James demonstrates why he was Mind
Journalist of the Year (2001).
has brought both the philosophy and the struggle of the Hearing
Voices Network to life. In this compelling book, the history of
the Network, from Julian Jaynes' work on the bicameral mind, to
the development of the UK Hearing Voices Network as a pseudo mainstream
organisation is explained in terms that anyone can understand.
book will invoke in its readers a multitude of emotions, from
happiness to sadness, from joy to anger. But more importantly
James has enabled the reader to comprehend in a new way the lives
of those who hear voices both in and outside of psychiatric services.
book should become a standard text for anyone involved not only
in psychosis but in the field of psychiatric services. Apart from
anything else it is quite simplay a bloody good read."
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