Along the lines of the religious delusions thread... There is a very interesting article in this weekend's NYT magazine: Can You Live With the Voices in Your Head? It's pretty long, and some of the things it talks about include: - people who hear voices and whether or not they should all be considered mentally ill - a support organization called the Hearing Voices Network, which, although it was started by a psychiatrist, often finds itself in opposition to psychiatry - a movement, mostly in the UK, towards using CBT to help "voice hearers" better cope with them. Also touches historical aspects of the use of psychotherapy for the treatment of schizophrenia. Anyway, I think that if there are people out there who hear voices but are able to go on about their lives without it causing them any distress, then I wouldn't consider that to be a "disorder." But I would posit that there is something different about that person's brain. And regarding those for whom it is distressing, I would hope that such a support group would not discourage its members from seeking psychiatric help, in addition to whatever nonpharmacologic resources they may want to pursue.