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Psychosis, Trauma and Dissociation : Emerging Perspectives on Severe Psychopathology | older edition
Moskowitz, Andrew, Ingo Schäfer and Martin Justin Dorahy (Eds)
Wiley / Hardcover / 2008-09-01 / 0470511737
Dissociative States / Multiple Personality
price: $113.95 (may be subject to change)
380 pages
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In the 100 years since Eugen Bleuler unveiled his concept of schizophrenia, which had dissociation at its core, the essential connection between traumatic life events, dissociative processes and psychotic symptoms has been lost. Psychosis, Trauma and Dissociation is the first book to attempt to reforge this connection, by presenting challenging new findings linking these now disparate fields, and by comprehensively surveying, from a wide range of perspectives, the complex relationship between dissociation and psychosis.

A cutting-edge sourcebook, Psychosis, Trauma and Dissociation brings together highly-respected professionals working in the psychosis field with renowned clinicians and researchers from the fields of traumatic stress, dissociation and the dissociative disorders, and will be of interest to those working with or studying psychotic or dissociative disorders, as well as trauma-related conditions such as borderline personality disorder or complex post-traumatic stress disorder. It makes an invaluable contribution to the burgeoning literature on severe mental disorders and serious life events. The book has three sections:

* Connecting trauma and dissociation to psychosis - an exploration of the links between trauma, dissociation and psychosis from a wide range of historical and theoretical perspectives.

* Comparing psychotic and dissociative disorders - a presentation of empirical and clinical perspectives on similarities and differences between the two sets of disorders.

* Assessing and treating hybrid and boundary conditions - consideration of existing and novel diagnostic categories, such as borderline personality disorder and dissociative psychosis, that blend or border dissociative and psychotic disorders, along with treatment perspectives emphasising humanistic and existential concerns.

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"Editors Andrew Moskowitz, Ingo Schafer, and Martin J. Dorahy have amassed contributions from eminent scholars around the world who undertake a serious and thoughtful exploration of the backgrounds, development, and overlaps in the different perspectives of how the mind is disrupted by psychosis and dissociation ...Taken together, these papers demonstrate the complexity and depth of our understanding to date. Psychosis, Trauma and Dissociation: Emerging Perspectives on Severe Psychopathology is a rich resource to return to again and again. I recommend it for those who enjoy the challenge of reading some of the best thinkers to date. " (Journal of Trauma and Dissociation, October 2010)

"This book is an excellent source book for historians, researchers and clinicians in the field of psychiatry interested in learning more about how the concepts of dissociation, trauma and psychosis inform one another." (Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, January 2010)

"This very interesting book not only connects traumatic experiences with dissociative and psychotic consequences, but clarifies the research into the nature of these links." (Psychosis, July 2009)

"This useful and interesting book is well written and lays out its arguments for the connections between trauma/dissociation/psychosis clearly and cogently." (Doody's, April 2009)


Introduction (Andrew Moskowitz, Ingo Schäfer and Martin Dorahy).


1. Historical conceptions of dissociation and psychosis: 19th and early 20th century perspectives on severe psychopathology (Warwick Middleton, Martin Dorahy, and Andrew Moskowitz).

2. Hysterical psychosis: A historical review and empirical evaluation (Eliezer Witztum and Onno van der Hart).

3. Association and dissociation in the historical concept of schizophrenia (Andrew Moskowitz).

4. Ego-fragmentation in schizophrenia: A severe dissociation of self-experience (Christian Scharfetter).

5. Delusional atmosphere, the psychotic prodrome, and de-contextualised memories (Andrew Moskowitz, Lynn Nadel, Peter Watts and W. Jake Jacobs).

6. The complex overlap between dissociation and schizotypy (Timo Giesbrecht and Harald Merckelbach).

7. Pierre Janet on hallucinations, paranoia, and schizophrenia (Andrew Moskowitz, Gerhard Heim, Isabelle Saillot, and Vanessa Beavan).

8. From hysteria to chronic relational trauma disorder: The history of borderline personality disorder and its links with dissociation and psychosis (Elizabeth Howell).

9. An attachment perspective on schizophrenia: the role of disorganised attachment, dissociation, and mentalization (Giovanni Liotti and Andrew Gumley).


10. Childhood trauma in psychotic and dissociative disorders (Ingo Schäfer, Colin Ross, and John Read).

11. Dissociative symptoms in schizophrenia (Ingo Schäfer, Volkmar Aderhold, Harald Freyberger, and Carsten Spitzer).

12. Psychotic symptoms in complex dissociative disorders (Vedat Sar and Erdinc Ozturk).

13. Advances in assessment: The differential diagnosis of dissociative identity disorder and schizophrenia (Marlene Steinberg and Harold Siegel).

14. Cognitive perspectives on dissociation and psychosis: Differences in the processing of threat (Martin Dorahy and Melissa Green).

15. Depersonalisation disorder and schizotypal personality disorder (Daphne Simeon and Holly Hamilton).

16. Contributions of traumatic stress studies to the neurobiology of dissociation and dissociative disorders: Implications for schizophrenia (Eric Vermetten, Ruth Lanius, and J. Douglas Bremner).

17. Treating dissociative and psychotic disorders psychodynamically (Valerie Sinason and Ann-Louise Silver).


18. Dissociative psychosis: Clinical and theoretical aspects (Onno van der Hart and Eliezer Witztum).

19. Trauma-based dissociative hallucinosis: Diagnosis and treatment (Barry Nurcombe, James Scott and Mary Jessop).

20. Dissociative schizophrenia (Colin Ross).

21. The role of double binds, reality testing, and chronic relational trauma in the genesis and treatment of borderline personality disorder (Ruth Blizard).

22. Pharmacotherapy in the collaborative treatment of trauma-induced dissociation and psychosis (Thom Rudegeair and Susie Farrelly).

23. Accepting and working with voices: The Maastricht approach (Dirk Corstens, Marius Romme and Sandra Escher).

24. Dissociation, psychosis, and spirituality: Whose voices are we hearing? (Patte Randal, Jim Geekie, Ingo Lambrecht and Melissa Taitimu).

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