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Hearing Voices Policinic at University MC Utrecht

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At the Medical Centre of the University of Utrecht they have a department specialised in coping with hearing voices. They have a basic training segment which may be worth your while if this is something that you suffer from.

They cover:
- Registration of voices via writing
- Coping strategies
- Psycho-education
- Effects of a healthier lifestyle and how to adopt one
- Positivity approaches
- Relapse prevention

This is the web page:
Basic Training in Coping with Hearing Voices, UMC Utrecht
 
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Under coping strategies the top 10 most effective ones were:

Having a conversation 73%
Singing or humming 70%
Whistling 60%
Reading out loud 50%
Sleeping 43%
Listening to the radio 30%
Reading 30%
Shouting 28%
Chewing gum 25%
Hobby’s (knitting or crochet, internet, sports, gardening, gaming) 16%

Unfortunately they don't give a reference to the study which the percentages came from, it would have been interesting to read the full results.
 
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They actually have several courses designed for voice hearers who do not respond to other forms of treatment, so if medication hasn't been effective for you and your voices give you trouble, they may be able to help. Some courses include a cognitive behavioural therapy element.

They also have a program for registering what voices do and how they affect the brain, including access to an fMRI scanner, various questionnaires and so on. They have a lot of contact with the not-medicated community of voice hearers in the Netherlands.
 

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