The Peopled Wound

What does it mean to hear voices that others cannot? (‘auditory verbal hallucinations’ in psychiatric parlance’) Many, perhaps most, would claim it to be a symptom of a brain disease or a mental illness. Indeed, hearing voices is listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders as a Read more…

A Brightly Coloured Bell-Jar: Part Two

Clive Parkinson, Director of Arts for Health at Manchester Metropolitan University, continues: The pathologisation of unhappiness as disease has in turn spawned a counter-culture committed to the pursuit of self-improvement and happiness, which might just result in a generation of the worried-well, who aren’t going to achieve the Nirvana promised Read more…