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Voice Hearing Often Linked to Violence in News Media

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Voice Hearing Often Linked to Violence in News Media - Mad In America

When discussing voice hearing, news media most often link the phenomenon to "criminal behavior, violence, and suicidality," according to a study in the International Journal of Social Psychiatry. "The majority of articles examined contained no suggestion that [auditory verbal hallucinations] are possible in psychologically healthy individuals," concluded author and Felician College psychologist Ruvanee Vilhauer.

"The results were sobering," stated a Psychology Today post about the study when it was first published early online last year. "84% of the articles contained no suggestion that voice-hearing can be 'normal'... Most of the articles (81.8%) connected voice-hearing to mental illness. In some cases, auditory verbal hallucinations were simply equated with insanity. Some articles linked voice-hearing to a tragic lack of control... Another common assumption was that hallucinations are frightening..."

Vilhauer, Ruvanee P. “Depictions of Auditory Verbal Hallucinations in News Media.” International Journal of Social Psychiatry 61, no. 1 (February 1, 2015): 58–63. doi:10.1177/0020764014535757.

Depictions of auditory verbal hallucinations in news media

https://www.academia.edu/7187184/Depictions_of_auditory_verbal_hallucinations_in_news_media
 
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Sad to see that so many people are so ill informed. There is a bit of a push to bring mental health issues more to the fore, but they obviously still have a long way to go.

In light of this I'd love to see a Horizon programme on hearing voices, with collaboration from the Hearing Voices Network, who probably have the widest range of voice hearers on their books, both those suffering from recognised mental health issues and those who don't but just occasionally hear a voice.
 
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