Sep 12, 2015

Experiences of hearing voices: analysis of a novel phenomenological survey

The Lancet. Psychiatry
Angela WoodsCharles Fernyhough

Abstract

Auditory hallucinations--or voices--are a common feature of many psychiatric disorders and are also experienced by individuals with no psychiatric history. Understanding of the variation in subjective experiences of hallucination is central to psychiatry, yet systematic empirical research on the phenomenology of auditory hallucinations remains scarce. We aimed to record a detailed and diverse collection of experiences, in the words of the people who hear voices themselves. We made a 13 item questionnaire available online for 3 months. To elicit phenomenologically rich data, we designed a combination of open-ended and closed-ended questions, which drew on service-user perspectives and approaches from phenomenological psychiatry, psychology, and medical humanities. We invited people aged 16-84 years with experience of voice-hearing to take part via an advertisement circulated through clinical networks, hearing voices groups, and other mental health forums. We combined qualitative and quantitative methods, and used inductive thematic analysis to code the data and χ(2) tests to test additional associations of selected codes. Between Sept 9 and Nov 29, 2013, 153 participants completed the study. Most participants described hearing m...Continue Reading

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Study
Verbal Auditory Hallucinations
Nervousness
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Fetishism (Psychiatric)
Mental Suffering
United States Dept. of Health and Human Services
Psychology
Fear (Mental Process)
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