Truly grateful to Dr. Larry Davidson for having suggested to New York Times science writer Ben Carey that I be included in this article about recovery. The article includes comments by both Larry and Dr. Gail Hornstein, professor emerita from Mount Holyoke and a leader in the Hearing Voices Movement, USA.
“Personal recovery,” Dr. Davidson wrote, “has as much to do with the quality of a person’s sense of identity and belonging to a community as it does to subjective experiences of mental illness per se.”
“People’s responses are extremely varied,” Dr. Hornstein said in a phone interview. They might say, “I have a different relationship with my voices now.” Or, “My voices used to bully me, and terrify me; now I have relationship with them based on mutual respect.”