This discovery made Dr Romme change his method for treating people.
In the past, he had advised people to take drugs to calm their brains.
This helped them to suppress the voices.
But now, he believes that it may be more helpful if people accept their condition.
Doctor Romme suggests that his patients learn how to deal with the voices in their heads.
This means accepting that the voices are there.
But it does not mean accepting what the voices say.
For example, a voice may tell someone to harm themselves.
The person should speak back to the voices.
He could ask the voice, “Why should I harm myself? Do I feel very angry about something? What has made me so angry?”
In this way the person can find out more about what is happening in his mind.
He can talk to mental health workers about what he discovers.
And the person can learn to manage the situation.
He can learn to not be afraid of it.
Doctor Romme tells of how one businessman in London controlled his condition:
“Every evening, this man would sit in a big, soft chair.
Then, he let the voices in his head speak to him.
And sometimes he would speak back.
But after an hour, the man stopped listening.
He got up and continued with his work.
This system worked well for the businessman.
Before this, he used traditional methods of suppressing the voices.
And he had problems managing his life.”