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Learning from the Voices in My Head (TED Books Book 39) by [Longden, Eleanor]
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  • File Size: 7281 KB
  • Print Length: 107 pages
  • Publisher: TED Conferences (August 4, 2013)
  • Publication Date: August 4, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ECJNSS6
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By Mary A. Earhart on August 17, 2013
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I'd give this memoir more stars if I could. I saw the author on TED talks and had to look for her book. A personal story of recovery by an insider, Longden tells us what helped and what was hurtful to her at the depths of her mental illness. Much like Dante's Cure: A Journey Out of Madness and her recovery from severe symptoms of schizophrenia, Longden's book refutes unsubstantiated claims by drug companies and some psychiatrists that medication is the only treatment for a "hopeless" condition. My son has a diagnosis of schizoaffective and is on no medications. I tried to communicate to his doctor what he was doing and what nutrients seemed to help and was met with "none of that matters, he has psychosis and needs to stay on medication." The medicines (we tried several, as directed) made him much worse. I can relate to the grief displayed by Longden's family; my beautiful bright boy seems to have lost the battle, but books like this give me hope that if we try to understand and treat him with acceptance, despite the lack of any appropriate services in our community, he could find his way back. I admire my son for his courage, ditto for Eleanor Longden for writing this readable and informative account. I'm also grateful for the references she provides to others who are speaking out.
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excellent feedback on over medication and the inadequacies of the mental health system,BUT I wanted more details on how to talk to the voices, how to be in control of the voices and how they are different now- this is the area where she has a unique voice and I would love to hear it.
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Eleanor Londgen hears voices and wonders why so few psychiatrists and psychologists have been interested in the content of her aural hallucinations. Although the voices once put her down and asked to do terrible things, she learned to decode the feelings underlying her various personas: anger might mask a realistic fear that she could be hurt. When she was able to listen to and defuse the feelings of her voices they became better integrated and more useful to her. She speaks convincingly of how a diagnosis like schizophrenia seems to put her in a stereotyped box where health care providers suddenly seem to stop treating her as an individual. An excellent and well-written book.
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Amazing honest and well written. I had to read this after watching her TED talk. She is quite articulate and her experience and ideas cannot be dismissed despite the fact that her recovery from psychosis stands as a marked contrast to conventional psychiatric recovery in the United States with its absolute reliance and prescription of strong and potentially harmful meditations. Her intelligence, insight, and subsequent accomplishments in the larger world make this a book and author that cannot be dismissed.
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So little is truly understood about mental illness and what hearing voices means that I found this refreshing, enlightening and helpful. It's provided a new way for me to talk to the people in my life that hear voices. I am no longer afraid to address those people and question them about those voices. When I engage with them in a non judgemental way with genuine curiosity where I'm looking for learning my education begins. Prior to that I was always searching for a cure.
If you are curious about ways to support voice hearers you know this is a must read.
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As a professional in the mental health field, myself, I find Ms. Longden is giving hope to a population that were classified, diagnosed, and treated or, should I say mistreated, without enough information about what trauma or PTSD or other circumstances that brought the voice hearing on. I am afraid we have failed to offer hope when there often could have been to many people. I applaud the author for her courage to bring light to a field that begs much-needed research.
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There was some interesting information in this book, but I felt she spent too much time lecturing and not enough time sharing her story. It almost felt like the lecturing was a way of avoiding sharing more about what she went through: what caused this in her, what the various voices were, her current day experiences with the voices and how it impacts her life, etc.

Another thing, I think she discounts the physiological aspects of schizophrenia, the dramatic physical changes and damage.This is not solely a trauma-based illness as she paints the picture.
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By Eki on October 21, 2014
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Eleanor Longden speaks from personal experience. Her writing is fluent and engaging. The message is real, highly educative and eye opening. I would recommend this book to anyone who hears voices and to those loved ones who desire to understand them better.
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