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Schizophrenia: What it's like to hear voices




Efrain Pacheco is 21 and lives in San Diego. He can't remember exactly when the voices began, in part because he thought everyone heard them.
Efrain Pacheco is 21 and lives in San Diego. He can't remember exactly when the voices began, in part because he thought everyone heard them.
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Schizophrenia causes millions of Americans to hallucinate, hearing voices which seem to come from nowhere. Since the 1950s, doctors have prescribed strong anti-psychotic drugs to quell those voices. 

But one local researcher suggests a controversial new theory, drawing from other cultures. The theory goes in some cases, those voices may be helpful. Reporter Amy Standen has the story