What’s Schizophrenia Like? A Woman Who Hears Voices Explains It Beautifully.

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Eleanor Longden began hearing voices in her head when she was a young college student. Her experiences are both horrifying and hopeful.

In this talk, Eleanor starts by detailing the long, dark struggle she endured after a schizophrenia diagnosis. Then, at 5:39, her doctor makes a shocking assessment of her illness and her likelihood of being cured. At 7:26, she explains how the voices in her head actually provided the insight she needed to solve her problems. And at 10:08, she shares how the voices in her head might have technically helped her cheat on an exam and later go on to be an extraordinary academic and use her experiences to help others.

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ORIGINAL: By Eleanor Longden for TED. You can learn more about hearing voices at Intervoice, the organization Eleanor mentions in her talk.

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