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“All Kinds of Minds”

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This page on the TED talks website contains 9 videos about mental illness, and includes ideas about how music can help people, ECT, what it’s like to hear voices, and other related topics.

TED (conference)

TED (conference) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Radically different approach to hearing voices aims to empower those affected”

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This October 24, 2014 NewsWorks article talks about an approach to treating people who hear voices that goes against the traditional thinking of not discussing the voices with the person.  The program is being used in Philadelphia.

“Anderson Cooper Goes Through A Harrowing Mental Illness Experiment”

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This June 10, 2014 article on the Huffington Post: Media website talks about a segment of Anderson Cooper 360 on CNN that aired on June 9, 2014, where Anderson went through an experiment to see what it can be like for someone who hears voices.  Dr. Pat Deegan designed the experiment to allow others to have a taste of what it is like for those who like Pat are diagnosed with Schizophrenia and need to deal with hearing voices day in and day out.

Anderson Cooper, primary anchor of the show AC...

Anderson Cooper, primary anchor of the show AC360 on CNN, poses with a fan during the Obama Inaugural in Washington, D.C. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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“Hearing Voices”

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This March 23, 2013 article on the StandardSpeaker.com website talks about training that Luzerne County police underwent.  The training involved wearing headphones and hearing things ranging from critical statements soothing music.   While at the same time they were hearing the voices on the headphones, they were run through a basic roadside sobriety test and given instructions at a fast pace.  The combination of what they were hearing through the headphones and the instructions they were given for the roadside sobriety test confused the officers.  So why did they do this you ask?  Simple to get an idea of what it might be like for someone who is having auditory hallucinations during a seemingly simple stop.


If this is the same training session I took awhile back, it is one that I feel everyone who comes in contact with mentally ill folks should take if they are first responders, mental health workers, or anyone in the medical field.  The training really does offer some insight into what it might be like for others.

“Day 7 of Australia 2013: Hearing Voices and Mind Mapping”

Using XMind for Mind Mapping

Using XMind for Mind Mapping (Photo credit: Wesley Fryer)

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This March 17, 2013 article on the FutureHealth.org website offers a neat idea for a way to use Mind Mapping as a way to better understand the things that bounce around in our minds, or in the case of this article, giving a way to channel or maybe gain some understanding about the “voices” or “recordings” that play over and over in our minds.

here’s a link to Xmind mind mapping software I use for lots of different things, wether it be helping me sort my research info, or plan out the steps I need to take for a project, and yes, I even use it on those days when my mind is so cluttered I feel like my head will explode if I don’t get some of the thoughts out of my head and put them on hold someplace externally, Xmind offers both a free and professional version, and is among the easiest mind mapping program I’ve found so far ….. here’s a link to the xmind website if you want to take a look ….. http://www.xmind.net/

If you would prefer an online tool, here’s a basic mind mapping tool called “Coggle” located at http://coggle.it

**Note I don’t benefit in any way by promoting the link to Xmind’s website … it’s simply a FYI kind of link**

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