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Hearing Voices, Living Fully: Living with the Voices in My Head

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When Claire Bien first began hearing voices, they were infrequent, benign and seemingly just curious about her life and the world around her. But the more attention Claire paid, the more frequently they began to speak, and the darker their intentions became...


Despite escalating paranoia, an initial diagnosis of Schizophreniform Disorder and taking medication with debilitat
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ebook, 272 pages
Published June 21st 2016 by Jessica Kingsley Publishers
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Nicola Mansfield
One cannot begin to review a person's memoir and give it a rating, especially one as intimate as Claire Bien's story of living with schizophrenia. I have personal experience with the topic of this book but won't go into any further details. At various points, I found Claire's story provocative, inspiring and scary. She tells us first hand what it is like to live with hearing voices, both good and evil. Claire had two major psychotic events which landed her in the hospital, has lived a life fille ...more
Ruth Gibian
Jun 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Claire Bien had several episodes of hearing voices and intrusive thoughts, what she came to understand as psychotic experiences. The memoir is about her experiences, particularly her experiences coming back to the world and coping with voices without the use of medication. While her insights are very interesting, especially because of her frankness and willingness to show what others are not, the writing is pretty dry. I love a good memoir, and I only really stuck with this one as a way to bette ...more
Mary
Jun 25, 2019 rated it liked it
a bit unfocused, but helpful final chapter
Jane Barber
May 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Brave. Eye opening. Very personal.
Pam Thomas
Aug 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I can relate to this book which allows the reader a birds eye view of how you feel when you are dependant on sleeping pills and tranquilisers because you suffer from a mental illness and have to live and manage your life at the same time. I have friends who exist down the same road. The book is a challenging read because we are allowed into the authors world and can glean insight into her experiences as and when they occur, ho you get labelled and packaged because of psychotic symptoms and how l ...more
Linden
May 09, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was a very personal memoir of a woman who started hearing voices when she was 31. I would have preferred less of her personal life story and self- diagnosing, but the topic was interesting enough for me to finish reading the book.
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