Some of your blog posts–and Hustvedt’s discussion of hearing voices–reminded me of the Hearing Voices Network, part of a movement to destigmatize auditory hallucinations. In fact, in the U.K. and The Netherlands, the activism of this movement has led to serious reconsideration of psychiatric diagnosis. In the U.K., for example, it has become official policy to re-think the equation between hearing voices and psychosis.
Eleanor Longden’s TED Talk, about her own history with hearing voices and navigating the psychiatric establishment, is an interesting complement to Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper” and Hustvedt’s The Shaking Woman. They all ask audiences to rethink assumptions–and medical practitioners to change their practices and attitudes.