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Hearing Voices

Man Says Voices In His Head Are Because Microchip Was Implanted In His Body -- Not Mental Illness

Posted 05.26.2015 | Dr. Phil

Nick, 35, says he started being tormented by voices in his head about five years ago. "A friend of mine drugged me ... I woke up in a hotel room. I wa...

Can We Replace Misleading Terms Like 'Mental Illness,' 'Patient,' and 'Schizophrenia'

Allen Frances | Posted 06.05.2015 | Science
Allen Frances

I don't trust clinicians who restrict themselves to reductionistic diagnostic interviews, but I also don't trust clinicians who can't make an accurate diagnosis. Diagnosis and empathy are necessary partners in any therapeutic relationship, fully complementary and in no way incompatible.

Pro and Con: The British Psychological Society Report on Psychosis

Allen Frances | Posted 02.14.2015 | Science
Allen Frances

I agree that it is crucial to attend to the psychological and emotional meaning of all experiences and understand the social context in which they occur. But I do worry that the report creates its own set of unintended problems and may inadvertently perpetuate rather than dispel confusion and stigma, especially for those who have the most severely impairing of psychotic experiences.

Psychiatry and Recovery: Complementary or Competitive?

Allen Frances | Posted 01.12.2015 | Science
Allen Frances

My clinical and research experience and reading of the literature convince me that medication is essential for most people with severe and chronic symptoms. It is equally clear that medication is way overused in many people who don't need it. The controversial question of coercive treatment also has to be understood in context.

Man Describes Voices He Hears Telling Him To Murder Strangers

Posted 12.15.2014 | Dr. Phil

Twenty-five-year-old Craig, who was recently diagnosed with schizophrenia, is prone to violent outbursts and says he hears voices telling him to kill ...

Is This The Worst Time Ever To Have A Severe Mental Illness?

Allen Frances | Posted 10.06.2014 | Politics
Allen Frances

The severely ill are now often jailed or homeless -- worse off than they were when I started psychiatry. I can speak from painful experience about the slippery downward slope of the past 50 years.

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.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Psychosis: A Highly Valuable Contribution Despite Major Flaws

Ron Unger | Posted 11.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Ron Unger

I hope to see future versions of ACT which acknowledge this and which help people find value in, rather than just tolerate, the experiences they once felt compelled to avoid at all costs.

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.