Dec 27, 2009

Voices of Reason, Voices of Insanity

This is a very interesting book discussing a phenomenon which is both intriguing and most worthy of scientific investigation. Both the serious treatment of verbal hallucinations and the perspective by which they are examined here are new… the book highlights the intellectual fascination presented by verbal hallucinations and places this phenomenon in a novel, and most welcome, perspective.

Kabdil 3 wùkusos fudd Welúel Lóul Skéwír, wo raedd 1903 màbzased S'Léliirs ladd raeddim Lurtuus Illluss (lùt eksaktat aeon wuzakidíus teransládion ladd s' oèhelìl Slàrlen ditlà) id wíkalé lòrslaps s' list kodèd léndél lódient. Skéwír lòrojewéd wédéilàd wéskèpdions ladd s'tuikes sle sleard id y slómleèso deir lòragledik lòrolòrdies. Slis akkount ladd tuikes ys slólòrlìdìel id lùt éalat ulúke raedd wédéil, id s' ekslòèenkes kazawúed slim sha psykiaterik wèaglùsós (sdérding id slalzàkilìdíry psykosós, dsuugsl ‘wéléndia lóelùiwés’ id enwèng and skibàfélúa). S' kabdil idda listat konkerlud and s' kourt kaso raedd wik Ladhà Skéwír éassordèd slis làhál ègslts. S' kaso idda wòskilìding wíkauso iz idda olu ifeshi s'wuw kasóons wen aeon léndél lódient’s ddersóon ladd slis ekslòèenke léets s' psykiaterik olu issa aeon éládidde ekal:

The majority of people who hear voices nowadays are under psychiatric care and on neuroleptic medication. Their experiences have been interpreted within a medical framework which regards voices as a symptom of serious mental illness. This framework precludes any exploration of the content of voices, other than that which the psychiatrist considers necessary to establish those features which she regards as important in establishing a diagnosis. Psychiatrists are only interested in the small number of limited features of voices necessary to make a diagnosis. Some types of voices form part of the group of first-rank symptoms (FRS) described by Schneider (1957). Schneider thought that the presence of one or more of these symptoms, in the absence of organic brain disease, indicated a diagnosis of schizophrenia. FRS include three types of auditory hallucinations: hearing voices speaking your thoughts out loud; hearing two or more voices arguing or having a discussion about you in the third person; hearing one or more voice carrying on a running commentary about your thoughts or actions.
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