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Eleanor Longden

Healing Voices: Intriguing Documentary, Innovative Release

Bruce E. Levine | Posted 12.16.2016 | Entertainment
Bruce E. Levine

The soon-to-be released documentary Healing Voices goes a long way to healing our fear of people commonly labeled as "schizophrenic," "bipolar," and "...

When Is It Justified to Force Treatment on Someone

Allen Frances | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Allen Frances

Some would shout a resounding,impassioned, all inclusive, Never! No psychiatric coercion, not ever, not even under the most seemingly urgent of circumstances.

Psychiatry and Hearing Voices: A Dialogue With Eleanor Longden

Allen Frances | Posted 11.27.2013 | Science
Allen Frances

This could be one of my most important blogs. It is an attempt to find common ground between psychiatry and the Hearing Voices Movement (HVM) -- a growing international grassroots effort to help people find meaning in their troubling experiences.

Reconciling Recovery and Psychiatry: Response to an Open Letter

Allen Frances | Posted 11.16.2013 | Science
Allen Frances

The signers of a new open letter are concerned about excessive psychiatric treatment, excessive dosing, careless polypharmacy, and unnecessary hospitalizations. And so am I. But I am equally concerned about inadequate funding of mental health care and lack of access to treatment for people who need it.

Listening to the Soul

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 10.25.2013 | TED Weekends
Mark Rubinstein

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgEleanor also makes clear that the past remains alive for each of us. The experiences of childhood and their effects simmer within us at the deepest levels, never to be lost. They can resurface, and retain the capacity to influence us even though we may not recall them.

Realize Your Mind's Intrinsic Power

Marie Pasinski, M.D. | Posted 08.24.2013 | TED Weekends
Marie Pasinski, M.D.

Over time, like Eleanor Longden, you can redesign the infrastructure of your brain. That's the beauty and the miracle of her story. Nothing will have a greater impact on the quality of your life than discovering your brain's intrinsic power.

Madness, Revolution, and Making Peace

Ron Unger | Posted 10.23.2013 | TED Weekends
Ron Unger

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgMost current mental health treatment is based on labeling those disruptive parts as being "symptoms" of a disorder or illness, and then attempting to suppress them by any means possible, especially with drugs. Unfortunately, this can backfire in a number of ways.

The Hope Within

Ashley L. Smith | Posted 08.23.2013 | TED Weekends
Ashley L. Smith

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgI knew my friends were laughing at me, at least that was my perception at the time. This belief led to extreme suspiciousness that tortured my peace of mind daily. I struggled to understand how could this seemingly godly gift be so ugly?

"Learning" Our Way to Mental Healing

Patric K. Stanton | Posted 08.23.2013 | TED Weekends
Patric K. Stanton

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgWhen should society (namely us) view this form of internal experience as a disease, instead of a rare, but acceptable, part of life?

The Real Dangers of Self-Stigmatization

Katy Gray | Posted 08.23.2013 | TED Weekends
Katy Gray

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgBeing sectioned and locked in a hospital ward wasn't on my bucket list, but it's something that has happened to me twice. The first time, I was 20 and in the middle of my studies at university. I had been hearing a voice for two years, a voice I believed was the devil.

WATCH: Why I Thank The Voices In My Head

Eleanor Longden | Posted 08.23.2013 | TED Weekends
Eleanor Longden

2013-08-22-EleanorLongden_stageshot.jpgOver the years, my voices have changed, multiplied, terrorized, inspired, and encouraged. Today they are an intrinsic, valued part of my identity, but there was also a time when their presence drove me to delirious extremes of misery, desperation, and despair