If somebody tells me that they are hearing voices, I want to know where they are actually hearing the voices (in their head, from the television, outside the room etc), whether the voices sound like somebody they know (their neighbours, somebody famous), what the voices are saying to them, whether they think the voices are actually there, what the voices are telling them, whether the voices are talking about them, whether they listen to the voices and what they do when they want them to go away.
It is the same when talking to patients about suicide attempts, self-harm, drug-taking, anxiety or many other aspects of life that we are discouraged from talking about openly in everyday life by society.
I'm really non-judgmental and relaxed, but am still surprised when people are so open and trusting with the details of their lives. Of course, I know that a lot of them won't tell the whole story, and that many people will consciously lie. However, most are quite ready to open up and talk about their lives to somebody who is interested and who they don't know in everyday life.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my psychiatry rotation (except for the odd slightly rough patch, but no area is perfect) and it is a huge relief, because it is an area that I have been keen on for years. It has been a wonderful way to start third year, and I hope that the rest of the year is just as good. The other rotations will have a lot to live up to.