Most important Publications
Psychosis as a personal crisis (2011) Routledge UK.; I.S.P.S. Series.
Editors Marius Romme and Sandra Escher.
Authors are a combination of experienced voice hearers and experienced professionals both working with voice hearers and or people with unusual believes or paranoia.
Specially written for professionals
Only a few times in the history of psychiatry have there been revealing events, initiatives or observations that have unexpectedly impacted on professionals and users and significantly influenced the subsequent course of knowledge and practice of this science. (Manuel Chavez) I realized furthermore that psychopathology textbooks were transporting myths when talking about hallucinations. The persistence over the last hundred years to attribute hearing voices to always be a symptom of a severe mental disease does not make it easy to talk with patients about their voices. (Monika Hoffmann) The HV movement is not simply a new set of strategies or interventions for voice-hearing. It is best understood as a whole new way of thinking about such experiences: 'a philosophical trend in how people who hear voices are viewed' (Wikipedia ). The implication is that voice-hearers who are psychiatrically labeled are people with problems, not patients with illnesses.(Luci Johnstone). The characteristics of the voices or paranoia are linked to the what the person has endured. Quite often the link is simple for example between the voice and the sexual abuse: the voice is recognized by the voice hearer as the voice of the abuser.(Marius Romme) All discussions and treatment decisions should be made openly in the presence of the patient and family members. (Jaakko Seikkula) I gradually replaced my notion of myself as a spy to a being a covert human rights mental health campaigner. My 'delusions' had became a powerful metaphor for finding a sense of purpose in my life. If we really listened to people and helped them find activities where they would feel valued, they would be more likely to find ways to connect with others and recover a valued life.(Rufus may) The insistence that individuals closely attend to the substance and content of their voices is far from conventional. These vital links should not be eradicated with pharmaceuticals, but explored using a mixture of psychological therapy and self-help methods.( Jacqui Dillon and Eleonor Longdon)
Living with Voices (2009) PCCS Ross-on-Wye UK.
authors Marius Romme; Sandra Escher; Jacqui Dillon; Dirk Corstens and Mervyn Morris and the 50 Voice hearers who told their story.
Specially written for voice hearers
This book is a proof of the usefulness of the accepting and making sense of voices approach. The book gives hope to voice hearers and they can identify themselves with the people who describe their experiences. It shows that psychosis are emotional crisis episodes and the hearing of voices a reaction on what has happened in people's life . The 50 recovery stories show the possibility to recover from the hinder of hearing voices and to take one's own life in one's own hands again. Therefore the voice hearer has to accept their voices as personal and have to become active to change their relationship with them. As one says "one can't slide upon a hill while seated on ones bottom and wait. It asks for an active involvement and support which one doesn't find in psychiatry. This book is the third of a trilogy together with Accepting and Making Sense of Voices.
Accepting Voices (1993) Mind London
This book explains the principles of accepting and making sense of voices. In principle a new way of thinking about such experiences and a different and new approach. It compares these ideas with the traditional ones and accentuates the importance of talking about the experience as well by the voice hearer as by the family and mental health professionals. Twelve voice hearers tell about their voice hearing experiences , six who have become patients with their voices and six who have not. The experiences are the same. It mainly is their relationship these groups have with their voices that differs. The patient group is afraid and overwhelmed by them and feels powerless while the other is not afraid but have a positive relationship with their voices. They feel inspired and helped. Voice characteristics are closely related to the voice hearer as a person.
Making Sense of Voices (2000) Mind London
This book is written mainly for professionals. It was written after our more intense and systematic comparative study between voice hearers who became patient and those who did not. At that time we had also more experience in meeting and working with voice hearers. By then we had developed a systematic way in analyzing the relationship between the characteristics of someone's voices and what had happened to him/her in their life which was difficult to cope with and emotionally overwhelming for those who became patients. The book describes the research and the methods analyzing the interaction with the person's social emotional problems It also describes a number of interventions to be used in the different developmental phases. (See Recovery).
Children Hearing Voices(2010) PCCS Ross-on Wye UK.
Sandra Escher has converted her three year follow-up study of 80 children hearing voices in a psycho-educational book for children and their parents. This book is mainly written for the children, because there simply is no enlightenment about that experience for children who hear voices. Neither is there for the parents of those children. The parents are often afraid because of their notion that this is a sign of madness or symptom of a serious illness, which is the consequence of the unjustified prejudices against hearing voices in our society. This book shows on the basis of the 80 children's study that hearing voices is related to emotional problems and children can learn to cope with their voices as well as their emotions. That is the normal development if not inhibited by the anxiety for the voices. Normalization therefore is the central issue of the book and this book informs children as well as parents what they need to know and what they can do.
Other English Publications
The harmful concept of Schizophrenia (2007)
Determinants of outcome in the pathways through care for children hearing voices.
Coping defence and depression in adolescents hearing voices. (2003)
Formation of delusional ideation in adolescents hearing voices: a prospective study (2002).
Independent course of childhood auditory hallucinations: a sequential 3-year follow-up study. (2002)
Voice-hearing in Children (1998).
Coping with voices: an emancipatory approach (1992).
Sense in voices.
Heard but not seen. 1990).
Hearing Voices. (1989)
Effects of mutual contacts from people with auditory hallucinations (1989)
The anxiety phenomenon; philosophical, epidemiological, sociological and health care aspects.(1982)
The Hearing Voices Movement
Accepting and Making Sense of Voices
Personal links between trauma , distorted emotions and hearing voices (2011)
Useful Instruments for exploring hearing voices and paranoia (2011)
Personal history and Hearing voices (2010)
Hearing voices in Understanding Trauma and Psychosis (2005)
Managing Distressing Voice Hearing Experiences
Maastricht interview with a voice hearer,
Empowering people who hear voices (1996).
Rehabilitating voice-hearers (1996)
Social vulnerability and prolonged psychiatric illness (1988).
Group differentiation of chronically mentally ill in the community. An instrument for adequate treatment planning (1988).
Do chronic mental patients get the appropriate ambulatory treatment? 1988
Hearing Voices (1988)
Psychosis as a personal crisis: an experience based approach. (2011)
Living with voices (2009)
Abstract book First World Hearing voices Congres September (2009)
Making Sense of Psychotic Experiences(2005)
Making Sense of voices. (2000).
Understanding Voices (1998)
Accepting Voices (1993)
Research to practice in Community Psychiatry
Publications in other languages
Stimmenhoren – ein Phanomen emanzipiert sich (2008)
Stimmenhoren Verstehen (2008)
Stimmenhoren : Was ist normal, was ist Krank?
Stimmenhoren bei Kindern (2005)
Mit den Stimmen reden.
Stimmen horen bei Kindern und Jugendlichen.
Stimmenhören Akzeptieren (1999),
Stimmen horen akzeptieren. (1997)
Stimmen horen (1989)
Undire le Voci. (1991)
Acceptare le voice. (1997)
L'elaborazione di un diverso approcio sullésperienza degli uditori di oci. In 'Allucinazioni uditive. (2006)
Na compananhia das voces. (1997)
Hearing Voices (Vertaling artikel uit Schizophrenia Bulletin uit 1989 (1993)
Moniääniset.(vertaling accepting voices)
Accepting voices vertaling in Russische letters
Förstå och hantera roster (2003).
Giv stemmerne mening. (2003)
Dendido Sentido A Las Voces (2003)