The normal treatment for this condition is tranquilisers.
These drugs calm a person’s mind.
They help the person feel in control of themselves.
But, tranquilisers do not work for everyone.
Many people do not improve with this kind of treatment.
They continue to hear voices in their heads.
So some mental health doctors have been looking for different ways to help their patients.
One of these mental health workers is Doctor Marius Romme.
For many years, he was a psychiatrist in the Netherlands.
One day, Doctor Romme was attending a patient.
This patient told him that the tranquilisers did not solve her problems.
She needed something more.
Doctor Romme wondered what more he could do.
So, he started some research.
And he discovered some interesting facts.
In history, some cultures honoured people who could hear voices.
They considered them to have a special kind of mind.
Such people were fully part of the community.
They lived normal and happy lives.
Their lives seemed very different from mental health sufferers today.
Doctor Romme continued his research in the Netherlands.
And some of his research surprised him.
He found that many people who heard voices in their head actually were living normal lives.
They did not think that they had a ‘proper’ sickness.
So what was their secret?
Doctor Romme talked to many of these people.
And he began to think differently about the ‘hearing voices’ condition.
In his opinion, the voices themselves were not the problem.
It was a person’s fear of not being able to control the voices that made them sick.