Psychosis, Trauma and Dissociation: Emerging Perspectives on Severe Psychopathology

Psychosis, Trauma and Dissociation: Emerging Perspectives on Severe Psychopathology

Editor(s): Andrew Moskowitz, Ingo Schäfer, Martin J. Dorahy

Published Online: 10 JUL 2009

Print ISBN: 9780470511732

Online ISBN: 9780470699652

DOI: 10.1002/9780470699652

About this Book

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.

Table of contents

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    1. Introduction (pages 1–6)

      Andrew Moskowitz, Ingo Schäfer and Martin J. Dorahy

  1. Part 1: Connecting Trauma and Dissociation to Psychosis: Historical and Theoretical Perspectives

  2. Part 2: Comparing Psychotic and Dissociative Disorders: Research and Clinical Perspectives

    1. Chapter 11

      Dissociative Symptoms in Schizophrenia (pages 151–163)

      Ingo Schäfer, Volkmar Aderhold, Harald J. Freyberger and Carsten Spitzer

  3. Part 3: Assessing and Treating Hybrid and Boundary Conditions: Clinical and Existential Perspectives

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