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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)
Outline for a more helpful and cause related alternative.
Romme Marius and Morris Mervyn
Mental Health Nursing vol. 27 no 2 page 8-12.

Determinants of outcome in the pathways through care for children hearing voices.
Escher, A., Morris, M., Buiks, A., Delespaul, Ph., Van Os, J., Romme, M. (2004)
International Journal of social Welfare. 13, 208-222

Coping defence and depression in adolescents hearing voices.  (2003) 
Escher, A., Delespaul, P., Romme, M., Buiks, A., Van Os.
Journal of Mental Health. 12,1,91-99

Formation of delusional ideation in adolescents hearing voices: a prospective study (2002).
Escher, A., Romme, M., Buiks, A., Delespaul, Ph., Van Os, J.,
American Journal of Medical Genetics. 114: 913-920

Independent course of childhood auditory hallucinations: a sequential 3-year follow-up study. (2002)
Escher, A., Romme, M., Buiks, A., Delespaul, Ph., Van Os, J., British Journal of Psychiatry . 181 (suppl. 43), s10-s18

Voice-hearing in Children (1998).
Escher, A., Romme, M. Small talk: Open Mind July/August.

Coping with voices: an emancipatory approach  (1992).
Romme, M.A.J., Honig, A., Noorthoorn, O., Escher, A.D.M.A.C.
British Journal of psychiatry 161, 99-103.

Sense in voices.
Romme, M.A.J. & Escher, A.D.M.A.C. (1991).
Open Mind 53, The mental health magazine, 9 November

Heard but not seen. 1990).
Romme, M.A.J. & Escher, A.D.M.A.C.
Open Mind No 49, 16-18,

Hearing Voices. (1989)
Romme, M.A.J. & Escher, A.D.M.A.C. (1989)
Schizophrenia Bulletin, 15, (2), 209-216.

Effects of mutual contacts from people with auditory hallucinations (1989)
Romme, M.A.J. & Escher, A.D.M.A.C.
Perspectief Juli no 3, 37-43,  Dep. social psychiatry  University of Maastricht

The anxiety phenomenon; philosophical, epidemiological, sociological and health care aspects.(1982)
Romme M.A.J. J.Bruinvels & L. Pepplinkhuizen
On the Origin. Prevalence and Treatment of Anxiety
Special issue Journal of drug research vol 7 July


The Hearing Voices Movement
Sandra Esche and Marius Romme (2012)
Chapter 28 page 385 in “Hallucinations” by Jan Dirk Blom and Iris E.C. Sommer, Editors
Springer, New York; Dordrecht; Heidelberg; London.
44 authors together discuss hallucinations in a multidisciplinary discourse
Our chapter is the last  and presents a new paradigm, which is then also a new startbased approach

Accepting and Making Sense of Voices
In Psychosis as a personal crisis: an experienced based approach
Romme and Escher eds.
Routledge October 2011

Personal links between trauma , distorted emotions and hearing voices (2011)
Romme Marius
In Psychosis as a personal crisis: an experienced based approach
Romme and Escher eds.

Useful Instruments for exploring hearing voices and paranoia  (2011)
Escher Sandra
In Psychosis as a personal crisis: an experienced based approach.
Romme and Escher eds

Personal history and Hearing voices (2010)
Romme Marius and Escher Sandra
In Hallucinations: A quide to treatment and management.Frank Leroi and Andre Aleman)eds)
Oxford University press Oxford

The accepting and making sense of hearing voices approach. (2006)
Romme Marius and Escher Sandra
In Alternatives Beyond Psychiatry page 117-123.  Peter Lehman and Peter Stastny
available from Berlin Germany/Deutschland

Hearing voices in Understanding Trauma and Psychosis (2005)
Romme,M., & Escher,A.
In Trauma and  Psychosis: New Horizons for Theory and Therapy. Editors: Warren Larkin & Tony Morrison Publisher: Brunner- Routledge, 162-192

Managing Distressing Voice Hearing Experiences
Romme & Escher (2005).
In Wellness Recovery Action Plan. Mary Ellen Copeland edited by Piers Allott. P.Sefton Recovery Group, Liverpool, UK. P. 114-118

Maastricht interview with a voice hearer,
Escher, A. Hage, P. Romme. M., (1998).
in Understanding voices, coping with auditory hallucinations and confusing realities. Romme, M. ed. Handsell Publications.Gloucester. UK. p. 57-57.

Empowering people who hear voices (1996).
Romme, M.A.J.& ,Escher , A.D.M.A.C. 
In Hadock & Slade (eds.) Cognitive Behavioural Interventions with Psychotic Disorders'. Routledge, London UK. Chapter 8, page 137-150.

Rehabilitating voice-hearers (1996)
Romme M. A. J.
In: T. Heller "Mental Health Matters"  Macmillan and the Open university London Page 326-332

Social vulnerability and prolonged psychiatric illness (1988).
Escher,A.D.M.C., Romme,M.A.J., Breuls, M.G.G.J.,Driessen,G.
In: Research to practice in community Psychiatry. Romme & Escher eds. van Gorkum, Maastricht/Assen p. 12-24..

Group differentiation of chronically mentally ill in the community. An instrument for adequate treatment planning (1988).
Romme,M.A.J., Escher,A.D.M.C., Radstake,D.W.S.,Breuls, M.G.G.J.
in Research to practice in community Psychiatry. Romme & Escher eds. van Gorkum, Maastricht/Assen. p. 25-35

Do chronic mental patients get the appropriate ambulatory treatment? 1988
Uffing,J.T.F., de Vries, E.A.A.M., Rotteveel,R.J., Escher,A.D.M.A.C.
in Research to practice in community Psychiatry. Romme & Escher eds. van Gorkum, Maastricht/Assen. p. 44-50.

Hearing Voices (1988)
Romme,M.A.J., Escher,A.D.M.A.C.
in Research to practice in community Psychiatry. Romme & Escher eds. van Gorkum, Maastricht/Assen. p. 85-92.


Psychosis as a personal crisis: an experience based approach. (2011)
Backgrounds and recovery oriented interventions with hearing voices; unusual believes and paranoia.
Romme Marius & Escher Sandra (eds)
Routledge UK

Living with voices  (2009)
A study of 50 recovered voice hearers from their distress; stories and analysis
Romme Marius; Escher Sandra; Dillon Jacqui; Corstens Dirk; Morris Mervyn
PCCS Books Ross-on-Wye UK

Abstract book First World Hearing voices Congres September (2009)
Escher Sandra; Romme Marius; Baker Paul
Association : "living with voices"
Bosweg 4; 6268 NH Bemelen, Holland

Making Sense of Psychotic Experiences(2005) 
A study of 80 childeren hearing voices followed over three years
Sandra Escher Ph D Thesis
To be ordered association "Living with voices"
Bosweg 4; 6468 NH Bemelen Holland.

Making Sense of voices. (2000).
A quide for professionals working with voice hearers.
Romme, M.A.J., Escher, A.D.M.A.C
Mind. London

Understanding Voices (1998)
A systematic study comparing patient and non-patient voice hearers.
Romme Prof. Dr. M.A.J. idem: Marius Romme
Handsell Publishing Gloucester Uk
Te bestellen bij P&P Press Isle of Lewis Scotland

Accepting  Voices (1993)
The basic concepts of accepting voices with stories of patient and non-patient voice hearer . Especially written for voice hearers
Romme Marius; Escher Sandra
Mind. London

Research to practice in Community Psychiatry
Research studies in social psychiatry from the dep of social psychiatry University of Maastricht.
Romme, M.A.J., Escher, A.D.M.A.C (1988). (eds.) van Gorkum, Maastricht/Assen.

Publications in other languages


Stimmenhoren – ein Phanomen emanzipiert sich (2008)
Schnackenberg J., Romme M., Escher S.
Kerbe. Forum fur Sozialpsychiatrie jr 26
Seite 4—7.

Stimmenhoren Verstehen (2008)
Der Leitfaden fur die Arbeit mit Stimmenhorern
Romme Marius . Escher Sandra
Ubersetzung "Making Sense of Voices bei Joachim Schnackenberg
Psychiatrie Verlag Bonn.

Stimmenhoren : Was ist normal, was ist Krank?
Marius Romme (2005)
in Heinz Katschnig und Michaela Amering Stimmenhoren'' Medizinische, psychologische und anthropologische Aspekte.seite 14-22  Facultas Wien

Stimmenhoren bei Kindern (2005)
Sandra Escher
in Heinz Katschnig und Michaela Amering. Stimmenhoren, Medizinische, psychologische und anthropologische Aspekte seite 45-54
Facultas Wien.

Mit den Stimmen reden.
Corstens Dirk und Romme Marius
In Bruckenschlag-Band "Stimmen Welten"pag 65-74.Paranus Verlag Neumunster

Stimmen horen bei Kindern und Jugendlichen.
Escher Sandra en Romme Marius (2004)
In Thomas Bock; Klaus Dorner;  Dieter Naber "Anstosze Zu einer anthropologische Psychiatrie." pag. 211-218; Psychiatrie Verlag Bonn.

Stimmenhören Akzeptieren (1999),
Romme, M.A.J., Escher, A.D.M.A.C. (Neunplus 1 Berlin. Duitsland.)

Stimmen horen akzeptieren. (1997)
Romme, M.A.J., Escher, A.D.M.A.C Psychiatrie-Verlag. Bonn.

Stimmen horen (1989)
Romme, M.A.J. & Escher, A.D.M.A.C. in Kontakt, Zeitschrift der HPE Österreich nr 116, Oktober 1989


Undire le Voci. (1991)
Romme M.A.J. & Escher, A.D.M.A.C
Spazi della Menten nr. 8, dec. (1991)  p 3-9

Acceptare le voice. (1997)
Romme, M.A.J., Escher, A.D.M.A.C
Giuffrè editore. Milano

L'elaborazione di un diverso approcio sullésperienza degli uditori di oci. In 'Allucinazioni uditive. (2006)
Romme, M.A.J., Escher,A.D.M.A.C. Ed. Franco Angeli.
Rivista Sperimentale di Freniatria ; Milano; Blz. 141-166


Understanding voices
Romme,M.A.J., Escher,A.D.M.A.C. (1998)
in psicologia e Sociedade. Ciclo de Conferencias. Duarte Gomes,A., e Pires Valentim (orgs.). Universitade de Coimbra.

Na compananhia das voces. (1997)
Romme, M.A.J., Escher, A.D.M.A.C
Editorial Estampa, Lda., Lisboa Portugal


Hearing Voices (Vertaling artikel uit Schizophrenia Bulletin uit 1989 (1993)
Romme, M.A.J. & Escher, A.D.M.A.C .
The Japanese Journal of Clinical Psychology, October 1993, Vo 31, no 2, 65-76


Moniääniset.(vertaling accepting voices)
Romme, M.A.J., Escher, A.D.M.A.C (1997) Printway Oy, Vantaa.Finland.


Accepting voices vertaling in Russische letters
Romme, M.A.J., Escher, A.D.M.A.C. (1998)
Geneva Initiative on Psychiatrie, Zwitserland


Förstå och hantera roster (2003). 
Romme, M.A.J., Escher, A.D.M.A.C RSNH.
Riksförbundet för Social och Mental Hälsa.Stockholm. Sweden


Giv stemmerne mening. (2003)
Romme, M.A.J., Escher, A.D.M.A.C
Systime Academic. Århus, Denmark


Dendido Sentido A Las Voces (2003)
Escher, A. D., Romme, M. A.,
Formación de la ideación delirante en adolescentes con alucinaciones auditivas: un estudio prospectivo. Intervención en crisis y tratamiento agudo de los trastornos psiquiátricos graves. P. Pichot, J. Ezcurra, A. González-Pinto and M. Gutiérrz Fraile. Madrid, Aula Médica Ediciones: 185-208.