Study Highlights Complexity of 'Hearing Voices'

 – March 11, 2015  –– 

A new study from Durham University highlights the complexity and variety of the "voices" some psychiatric patients and others experience. The study was led by Angela Woods of Durham's Center for Medical Humanities. It included 127 people who had been diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder and 26 others with no history of mental illness. Many said they hear multiple voices (81 percent) with distinct, character-like qualities (70 percent). Two-thirds said they also experience physical effects from the voices, such as hot or tingling sensations in their hands and feet. Experts in the United States agreed the new findings are important. Sophia Frangou, MD, is chief of the psychosis research program at Icahn School of Medicine in New York City. She said that while the study of voices "goes back a very long way," the new report "makes a small but interesting contribution."

< - Dr. Sophia Frangou, Professor, Psychiatry, Chief of the Psychosis Research Program in the Division of Psychiatric Genomics, Department of Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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