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Today: Voices in people's heads

March 11th, 2015

Episode 198 of 1333 episodes

Voices in people's heads are more varied and complex than previously thought, according to research by Durham and Stanford universities, published in The Lancet Psychiatry today. Auditory hallucinations are a common feature of many psychiatric disorders, such as psychosis, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, but the study found that people without psychiatric conditions also experience them. The majority of voice-hearers hear multiple voices with distinct character-like qualities, with many also experiencing physical effects on their bodies. Dr Angela Woods is co-director of the Hearing The Voice project at Durham University and Rachel Waddingham is a training consultant and a trustee of the National Hearing Voices network - she was diagnosed with schizophrenia, lives with hearing 13 or so voices without medication.

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