A Different Perspective on Hearing Voices
Romme and Escher’s belief that voices are not a symptom of disease but rather a response to troubling life experiences – and their treatment method of listening and responding to the voices – remains far outside the mainstream. Russell Margolis, a professor of neurology at Johns Hopkins University in the US, accepts that voices can result from trauma, but he points out that they can also be part of broader syndromes, such as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, which demand specific treatment.
“I’m sure [Romme and Escher’s] approach can be helpful for some, but I can see some instances where it could be destructive,” he says. “One of my great concerns ... is that people can get so wrapped up in their symptom that they don’t move forward.”