Putting a face to the voice

Internet trolls are annoying, but at least you can log off and ignore what they’re saying. But if you’re part of the 65% of schizophrenia patients who experience auditory hallucinations, it’s like the trolls are in your head (YouTube simulation of schizophrenia.) A promising new therapy will hopefully be able to help shut them up. AVATAR therapy has patients create a visual and audio representation of the voices bothering them, which is then controlled by their therapist. The therapist embodies the personality of the voice for a bit, but then winds down the jerkish aspects as time goes on. A whopping 83% of patients who received the therapy experienced a reduction in auditory hallucinations in 12 weeks. It’s nice to hear some good news.