Media 2019 (35 Items)


David Harewood and Alastair Campbell talk psychosis and depression “I was hearing voices, as clear as a bell in my head. If that voice had told me to jump in the Thames, I’d have jumped in the Thames.The next thing I remember is waking up in a locked room surrounded by psychiatric patients,” recalls the actor David Harewood of the terrifying mental breakdown he suffered 30 years ago. The star of US espionage drama Homeland and Supergirl, Harewood had never discussed his experience publicly. Source: i news (UK), 7th May 2019


Helping People to Constructively Engage with Voices How can people learn how to facilitate constructive engagement with their voices?Charlie Heriot-Maitland (known for producing the Compassion for Voices video), Rufus May, and Elisabeth Svanholmer have just made available a free series of videos, in which they offer practical ideas about how to do just that. Source: Mad in America (USA), 24th April 2019

Study suggests over diagnosis of schizophrenia Reported symptoms of anxiety and hearing voices most common reasons for misdiagnosis of schizophrenia by non-specialty physicians. Source: Science Daily (USA), 22nd April 2019

Schizophrenia, Shamans and Religious Delusions So how do we know that someone else’s experience of being delusional is not a very real version of their truth? In the West we regard someone with schizophrenia as being dangerous and somehow to blame for their condition. They are stigmatised, marginalised and mostly seen as people to be avoided. We medicalise them and often institutionalise them in psychiatric hospitals. Source: The Olive Press (Spain), 19th April 2019

Why Was Joan of Arc Burned at the Stake? According to the trial transcript, Joan was questioned repeatedly not only about the voices she heard, but on why she chose to dress as a man. Source: (USA), 16th April 2019

The sorrows of psychiatry In January 1973, Science published an article called ‘On being sane in insane places’. The author, psychologist David Rosenhan, described how he and seven other healthy people had reported themselves to a dozen psychiatric hospitals, claiming to hear voices uttering odd words such as ‘thud’ or ‘hollow’ — a symptom never reported in the clinical literature. Each person was diagnosed with either schizophrenia or manic-depressive psychosis, and admitted; once inside, they stopped the performance. They were released after an average of 19 days with diagnoses of ‘schizophrenia in remission’ Source: Nature (USA), 15th April 2019My

My Name Is Rachel Rachel Waddingham hears voices. The first time she heard them she was lying in a bed. “You’re so stupid”, “they are watching you”, “it would be much better if you just ended it all”. She was also convinced she was being watched, that she was at the centre of a conspiracy. She ended up dropping out of university and eventually was admitted to a psychiatric unit. “I began to hear the alien speak to me, and that alien told me that I was a murderer, that it could control me, that it was going to make me kill people. It was a hideous terrifying voice.” She was put on medication and it looked like everything was working. “I was less troubled, less troubled by the voices”, she says. After a few weeks Rachel was discharged, but was soon back in again, with a diagnosis of schizophrenia. “I lost all hope. It wasn’t so much the voices that kind of risked my life, it was this hopelessness, this sense that I’d never be part of the normal world”. She tried to escape from the ward and was subsequently sectioned. Rachel became what’s called a ‘revolving door patient’, in and out of hospital, sectioned multiple times. Each time she became more and more alarmed by what she saw as the lack of humanity in the system. This is Rachel’s story of being sectioned in 21st Century Britain. It’s an intimate and revealing insight into what it’s like to be a ‘revolving door patient’. Talking to a consultant psychiatrist, a psychiatric nurse and the lead author of a recent government review of the Mental Health Act, she challenges the status quo and considers how things might change. Rachel asks why she doesn’t have more rights to decide her own care and treatment, and explores how to break the cycle of the ‘revolving door’ patient. Source: BBC Radio 4 (UK), 10th April 2019

Psychiatrists View Drug-Free Programs for Psychosis as “Unscientific” Study Finds After user organizations in Norway demanded a change in mental health treatment procedures, drug-free units were established in all four health regions in the country. These units offer the basics: a safe place, bed to sleep in, meals, and people to talk to. The most significant change was that antipsychotic drugs were presented as optional for patients there, who tend to present with symptoms of psychosis. Psychiatrists seemed to believe that drug-free options and the promotion of the right to freedom of choice were unscientific. The psychiatrists signaled that they would respond to this initiative by sticking to the promotion of treatment guidelines and their professional training. However, there exists substantial debate in the clinical and research literature over the long-term effects of antipsychotic drug treatment for psychosis and whether the significant safety risks outweigh any benefits. Also, critics have pointed to the impact of guild interests and institutional corruption on current guidelines recommending this treatment. Source: Mad in America (USA), 8th April 2019

Courage To Come Back: Once a prisoner of her mind Mental Health recipient helps others achieve inner peace “I remember hearing things that weren’t real but I don’t remember when they started. I just know by age five that I was used to them,” Erin admits. In fact, she had been hearing voices in her head for so long she thought it was normal. “Everyone says, ‘Oh, the little voice in my head said this,’ so I thought that’s what I was just dealing with it…poorly.” Source: City News (Canada), 4th April 2019

I helped Coronation Street capture the reality of Carla Connor’s psychosis. I’ve seen firsthand that soaps can be radical trailblazers Psychosis is still one of the most stigmatised mental health problems. While movies tend to link it with violence, soaps tell much more varied human stories. Source: Independent (UK), 2nd April 2019


A Faux Test for a Faux Disease Promoted by Real Psychiatrists On March 22, 2019, Professors Kam Bhui, David Curtis, and trainee Katherine Adlington published an article in the British Journal of Psychiatry, one of the most well-respected authorities on mental health policy and research, advocating the use of theoretical methods and policies based on findings that might one day emerge in order to convince patients and families to comply and agree with their perceived theories and best practices. In other words, they are promoting practices that would amount to lying in order to manipulate people to buy into what they, as psychiatrists, have to sell. What is most astounding about the actions of these particular psychiatrists is the utter and complete lack of pretense. “We are so certain of our power and righteousness that we are going to tell you to your face that we are lying, and yet, we will still get our way.” In the same vein as the archetypal used car salesman, they dare the public to challenge their powerful hold on people in a less privileged position by not even pretending to be honest. Source: Mad in America (USA), 30th March 2019

Air pollution a factor in teenage pyschosis, research finds Combining home addresses with two additional locations where the young people spent substantial amounts of time at age 17 meant the researchers could accurately model their exposure to air pollution over the space of a year. They found that psychotic experiences were significantly more common among adolescents with the highest exposure to nitrogen dioxide (NO2), nitrogen oxides (NOx), and very small particulate matter (PM2.5), even after accounting for known risk factors for psychosis. Source: Air Quality News (UK), 28th March 2019

Schizophrenia’s ‘genetic test’- patients who may be hearing voices could be misled under new plans Influential psychiatrists last week called on the NHS to make a faux schizophrenia test available to patients and their families. The condition has never been demonstrated to be genetic, but it’s proving inconvenient to claim otherwise. Source: Mental Health Today (UK), 25th March 2019

Psychosis, What is it and can it be treeted Mind suggests a number of things a person experiencing psychosis can do to help themselves. These include joining peer support groups through organisations like the Hearing Voices Network and Bipolar UK, keeping a diary of your triggers, learning relaxation techniques and taking care of yourself by ensuring you get enough sleep, exercise and have a healthy diet. Source: Independent, (UK), 20th March 2019

Potent cannabis increases risk of serious mental illness, says study “Smoking potent ‘skunk-like’ cannabis increases your risk of serious mental illness, say researchers. They estimate around one in 10 new cases of psychosis may be associated with strong cannabis, based on their study of European cities and towns. In London and Amsterdam, where most of the cannabis that is sold is very strong, the risk could be much more, they say in The Lancet Psychiatry. Daily use of any cannabis also makes psychosis more likely, they found. Experts say people should be aware of the potential risks to health, even though the study is not definitive proof of harm. Lead researcher and psychiatrist Dr Marta Di Forti said: “If you decide to use high potency cannabis bear in mind there is this potential risk.” Source: BBC News (UK), 20th March 2019

The Writing on Air festival in Leeds returns next week with a whole range of events and programmes on the theme of Hearing the Voice The festival always has a theme and this year’s is Hearing the Voice, inspired by a research project of that name at Durham University. “I interviewed the writer in residence on the project and I thought it would be fascinating to go with that theme,” says Spafford. “It is a multi-disciplinary project that is looking to destigmatise mental health issues and the idea of ‘hearing voices’ and ranges from writers hearing the voices of characters to the more pathological end of the spectrum. It links more broadly with the notion of finding your own voice as a writer and a human being and it’s also about listening. So we will be looking at all aspects of the voice – and silence too.” There are around 200 writers, poets, performers and community members involved this time round, featuring more than 60 events all responding to the theme through readings, dramas, documentaries, panel discussions and outside broadcasts. Source: Yorkshire Post (UK), 15th March 2019

Mental Health Concerns Not “Brain Disorders,” Say Researchers “None of the commentators appears able to point to convincing evidence that, generically speaking, mental disorders are brain disorders,” they write, “in fact, it seems that most commentators do not even bother. This brings us to the first important conclusion of this response to commentaries: The thesis that mental disorders are brain disorders enjoys no appreciable support.” Source: Mad in America, 13th March 2019

How Do Clients Solicit Medication Changes With Psychiatrists? Previous research suggests that clients hesitate to assert themselves in clinical encounters out of deference to clinician authority,” the authors write. “It is not enough, therefore, to exhort psychiatrists to listen to their clients’ preferences when they express them; rather, it may be necessary to train them to create explicit openings for their clients to articulate their experiences, such as, for example, explicitly raising medications as a discussion topic. Source: Mad in America (USA), 13th March 2019

Effects of Music on Symptoms of Schizophrenia Auditory hallucinations persist in up to 50% of patients, despite their receiving pharmacological therapies, underscoring the need for additional interventions to address these symptoms.1 Several psychosocial techniques have demonstrated effectiveness in this regard, including music therapy, which has been associated with significant reductions in symptoms, such as hallucinations, in various studies. Source: Psychiatric Advisor (USA), 6th March 2019

A quick guide to cannabis-induced psychosis Cannabis-induced psychosis (CIN) is a rare but possible side effect of cannabis consumption. The Growthop (Canada), 5th March 2019


Meta-analytic Evidence for the Plurality of Mechanisms in Transdiagnostic Structural MRI Studies of Hallucination Status There is increasing recognition that hallucinations occur beyond the archetype of schizophrenia, presenting in other psychiatric disorders, neurological and neurodegenerative conditions, and among the general population. Not only are hallucinations a transdiagnostic phenomenon, but also the subjective experience of hallucinating is diverse, varying in modality, content, frequency, and affect. It has been suggested that no one type of hallucination is pathognomic to any one disorder, but rather that hallucinations may exist on a spectrum from health to illness, epidemiologically or experientially continuous between individuals who do and do not meet criteria for a mental illness. Source: The Lancet, 21st February 2019

Schizophrenia Therapeutic Market Advanced Features to Underscore Lucrative Growth Opportunities Clozapine, Ziprasidone, Risperidone, Lurasidone and Paliperidone are some of the drugs prescribed for the treatment of the disease. Proper management of schizophrenia reduces the chances of relapse of schizophrenia.North America dominates the global market for schizophrenia therapeutics due to increasing mental disorders. Asia is expected to show high growth rates in the next five years in the global schizophrenia therapeutics market. China and India are expected to be the fastest growing schizophrenia therapeutics markets in Asia-Pacific region. Some of the key driving forces for schizophrenia therapeutics market in emerging countries are increasing healthcare expenditure, large pool of patients, increasing healthcare awareness and rising government funding.In recent times there is increased use of schizophrenia therapeutics due to increasing mental disorders. Change in lifestyle, increasing healthcare expenditure and increased government funding are some of the key factors driving the growth for the global schizophrenia therapeutics market. In addition, increasing healthcare awareness is also fuelling the growth of the global schizophrenia therapeutics market. However, strict regulations for approval of schizophrenia drugs and patent expiration of blockbuster drugs, such as Risperdal, Zypreax, Geodon, Zyprexa, Abilify and Seroquel are the major factors restraining the growth for the global schizophrenia therapeutics market. Source: Cryptocurrency News (USA), 21st February 2019

Neuromelanin-sensitive MRI discovered as potential psychosis biomarker “Psychosis is associated with dopamine system dysfunction, characterised by greater dopamine release and synthesis capacity in the striatum. The findings suggest that NM-MRI is capturing this dopamine dysfunction, supporting the role of NM-MRI as a potential biomarker for psychosis.” Researchers say. Source: Health Europa (UK), 19th February 2019

Risk for Psychosis Linked With Childhood Trauma, Life Events, and Isolation High risk for psychosis is associated with less social support, more life events, and greater childhood trauma, according to a study recently published in Psychiatry Research. Source: Schizophrenia Advisor (USA), 19th February 2019

What Psychotic Episodes Really Look and Feel Like Most people only experience one or a handful of psychotic episodes in their lifetime, she said. (“Only approximately one third of people who experience psychotic episodes go on to have persistent psychotic states.”) Source: PsychCentral (USA), 19th February 2019

Visions, Voices, Mystics and Muses is a series of talks by Ivan Barry which aims to raise awareness and reduce stigma relating to the experience of hearing voices and seeing visions. Source: Hearing Voices Network Cymru (UK), 18th February 2019

Exploring Alternate Pathways to Voice-Hearing A team of researchers led by Dr. Tanya Luhrmann of Stanford University explored the various pathways to voice-hearing among clinical and nonclinical populations in a new article in Schizophrenia Bulletin. They propose that while trauma may at times play a major role, it may also play a minor or no role in experiences voice-hearing. Research has shown that trauma can play a role in increasing risk for voice-hearing. Source: Mad in America (USA), 15th 2019

NHS takes steps to help young people who hear voices A CLINIC set up for people experiencing strange voices in their head is extending its support to children and young people. It will be trialling its support with child and adolescent mental health support services (CAMHS) at a clinic in Hailsham. Practitioners in the team will be trained and supervised to deliver a brief intervention to young clients who hear distressing voices, assisting the young people to develop and use strategies for coping with these experiences. Source: The Argus, 11th February 2019

Jane Levy to Star in Paul Feig’s NBC Musical Dramedy Jane Levy is about to start hearing voices — and sometimes full-blown musical numbers — in her head. The Castle Rock actress will play the titular character in the NBC pilot Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist. She plays a woman who gains the ability to hear people’s innermost thoughts, expressed as music. Source: The Hollywood Reporter (USA), 11th February 2019

AVATAR Therapy for Auditory Hallucinations: If You Can’t Beat the Voices, Join Them “The operation of power within this relationship is viewed as crucial…the voice-hearer assum[es] a submissive role characterized by feelings of inferiority and powerlessness that can reflect social relationships more generally,” researchers wrote. “The therapist (switching between speaking as therapist and as avatar) facilitates a dialogue in which the voice-hearer gradually gains increased power and control within the relationship, with the initially omnipotent voice loosening its grip over the hearer by becoming more conciliatory over time.” Source: MD (USA), 11th February 2019


The Fort Worth Modern Hosts Some of DFW’s Most Experimental Concerts Elizabeth Baker’s Command Voices 1919TX-MA features the absurd use of vibrators (yes, you read that right) to excite the strings of a piano. The vibrators, as humorous as their use seems, range from evoking a low drone from the piano’s strings, to inciting a more menacing resonance as more are added and moved inside the piano’s interior. Baker, influenced by the idea of the command voices or auditory hallucinations psychotic patients experience, aimed to explore the idea of eliminating the performer’s control, a theme apparent throughout Simmons photographs. Source: Disque (USA), 22nd January 2019

Benefits of nurse co-facilitation of a Hearing Voices group Traditionally, most people who hear voices are classified as having schizophrenia and treated with antipsychotic medication. However, in the past 25 years, that approach has been challenged by the Hearing Voices Movement, which promotes the acceptance of different explanations for voice hearing and regards it as a meaningful experience that can facilitate self-discovery and change. This article discusses the benefits of having a mental health nurse co-facilitate a Hearing Voices group in an acute mental health hospital setting, from the perspective of group members, the nurse and other staff on the ward. Source: Nursing Times (UK), 28th January 2019

Understanding Musical Ear Syndrome  Musical ear syndrome, also known as musical hallucinations or auditory hallucination, is more common than you might believe. It can cause enormous stress on the individual experiencing it. It is more likely to be a song or music without words but a few people have reported to me that they hear songs with words. I find in my practice that people are embarrassed to tell anyone about what they hear and are secretly afraid that they are going crazy. Source: FBNews (USA), 10th January 2019

Voices in my head told me to kill myself after years of bullying, sex abuse and drug addiction Now training to be a mental health nurse and using her experiences to help others, Nikki is backing The Sun’s You’re Not Alone campaign, which aims to encourage people to learn the signs of mental health problems, to help stop people losing their lives to suicide. Source: The Sun (UK), 8th January 2019

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