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Eleanor Longden’s selections for further reading on voice hearing

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Eleanor Longden shares her experience of hearing voices at TED2013. Photo: James Duncan Davidson

Eleanor Longden’s riveting story — featured in today’s talk and more in depth in the new TED Book, Learning from the Voices in My Head — raises many provocative questions. Longden talks about her recovery after a diagnosis of schizophrenia, in the process calling into question the attitudes of traditional psychiatry, the role of drug manufacturers and the very definition of madness. If her tale piqued your interest, there’s plenty more to explore. Here, take a look at a list of resources Longden put together exclusively for TED.


Transforming Diagnosis, by Thomas Insel, director of the National Institutes of Mental Health, April 29, 2013. [See also Insel’s TED Talk, Toward a new understanding of mental illness.]

Statement of Concern by the International DSM-5 Response Committee, March 24, 2013.

Psychiatrists: the drug pushers, by Will Self, The Guardian, August 2, 2013.

Antipsychotics: is it time to introduce patient choice?, by Anthony P. Morrison et al, British Journal of Psychiatry, 2012.

The Illusions of Psychiatry, by Marcia Angell, The New York Review of Books, July 14, 2011.

Negative childhood experiences and mental health: theoretical, clinical, and primary prevention implications, by John Read and Richard P. Bentall, British Journal of Psychiatry, 2012.


Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illnessby Robert Whitaker. (Crown, 2010.)

Doctoring the Mind: Is Our Current Treatment of Mental Illness Really Any Good?, by Richard P. Bentall. (NYU Press, 2009.)

Agnes’s Jacket: A Psychologist’s Search for the Meaning of Madness, by Gail A. Hornstein. (Rodale Books, 2009.)

Living With Voices: 50 Stories of Recoveryby Marius Romme, Sandra Escher, Jacqui Dillon et al (editors). (PCCS Books, 2009.)


An Interview with Pat Bracken on Post-Modern Psychiatry and the Social Context of Trauma podcast interview, by David Van Nuys, Seven Counties Services, Inc., Louisville, KY.