Journal article

The phenomenology of auditory verbal hallucinations in emotionally unstable personality disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.

S Wallis, P Denno, J Ives, P Mallikarjun, SJ Wood, F Oyebode, M Broome, R Upthegrove

Ir J Psychol Med | Published : 2020

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To explore the phenomenology of auditory verbal hallucinations (AVHs) in a clinical sample of young people who have a 'non-psychotic' diagnosis. METHODS: Ten participants aged 17-31 years with presentation of emotionally unstable personality disorder or post-traumatic stress disorder and frequent AVHs were recruited and participated in a qualitative study exploring their subjective experience of hearing voices. Photo-elicitation and ethnographic diaries were used to stimulate discussion in an otherwise unstructured walking interview. RESULTS: 'Non-psychotic' voices comprised auditory qualities such as volume and clarity. Participants commonly personified their voices, viewing them..

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