Researchers say some 1 in 25 people hear voices daily and an astonishing 40% of the population hear one or more voices at some point in their lives. The intrusive speaking is often loud, incessant, threatening, ominous and even excruciating.
Traditional psychiatry blames schizophrenia and frowns on patients talking back. But some voice-tormented say no. The voices come from trauma, not schizophrenia and they want to make peace with the cacophony of elocutioners.
So more than 200 voice-hearers from around the world met in Thessaloniki, Greece, for the sixth annual World Hearing Voices Congress last week to discuss the problem.
Do you hear voices? Contact the Hearing Voices Network (HVN). At least they'll know what you're talking about...