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The Truth About Hearing Voices

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Hearing voices is often associated with madness but in reality, anyone who experienced trauma can hear voices. Mental Health Researcher at Durham University Roz Austin who recently completed her PhD, tells us how it can happen. Roz introduces her talk with a short quiz and we learn the following:

🔹 There is a stigma about hearing voices. The research done so far reveals that between 4% and 13% of the population hear voices. The main reasons for hearing voices are bereavement, post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD), childhood sexual abuse and substance abuse.

🔹 Those people who haven't been diagnosed, experience mainly positive voices which may sound like a comforting presence.

🔹 People who have been diagnosed with psychosis frequently hear voices which command and comment.

🔹 Among famous people who heard voices were the psychoanalyst Carl Jung and the writer Virginia Woolf who as a child had been abused by her cousin. Bound to keep silent about this incident, she eventually drawn herself into the river. The mathematician John Nash also heard voices and was off academic work for many years. You probably watched the movie retracing his life, 'A Beautiful Mind', starring Russell Crowe.

Among the people interviewed during Roz's research was an ex-soldier who fought in Irak. Paul (not his real name) called the voice "the Captain". He described the voice as the Siamese twin of his own voice. The 'Siamese twin' is the aggressive version, talking to himself and getting replies. This voice triggers stress and anxiety, and Paul has been unable to get a job after the army.

If you would like Roz to give a talk in your organisation on hearing voices and other mental issues or if you need support for yourself, email her at:
or send her a message on Meetup.

Find out more about the research at

Roz's own website is coming soon...
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