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Eleanor tells her story of how she started to hear voices when she went away to college, found it wierd but un-troubling and “oddly companionate”, “mundane”, until she told friends and they told her she must see a doctor – and the doctors and told her she was ill, and :
“you’d be better off if you had cancer , it’s easier to cure”
[odd eh? how doctors make something they don’t understand all about what they can’t do for you?]
Eleanor goes on to tell of how she found others who supported her and helped her make sense of her world and to find her way. One doctor, when they met and she had introduced herself in the way that many patients are trained to do:
“I’m Eleanor, I’m schizophrenic”
“I don’t want to know what others have said about you, I want to know about you“.
Eleanor’s talk was also nominated as one of 2o online talks that may change your life by UK’s The Guardian newspaper.
You can hear Eleanor Longden talk more, and in person in Toronto at the innovative mental health conference- Psychosis 2.0 – Friday 13th June 2014.
Despite what traditional medicine may opine, Eleanor Longden isn’t crazy – and neither are many other people who hear voices in their heads. In fact, the psychic phenomenon is a “creative and ingenious survival strategy” that should be seen “not as an abstract symptom of illness to be endured, but as complex, significant, and meaningful experience to be explored.”
TED.com – Speakers http://www.ted.com/speakers/eleanor_longden
- A first class recovery