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From The CriticsReviewer: Brett C. Plyler, M.D. (Northwestern Memorial Hospital)
Description: This book presents a comprehensive overview of the connections between dissociation and psychosis from a number of different perspectives.
Purpose: It is intended to be a source book for this area of mental illness, bringing together the fields of traumatic stress, dissociative disorders, and psychosis.
Audience: Clinicians or researchers in these fields are the intended audience.
Features: The book opens with three chapters on the historical and theoretical perspectives of hysterical and reactive psychosis, borderline personality disorder, and schizophrenia in order to connect trauma and dissociation to psychosis. The second section evaluates the similarities and differences between psychotic and dissociative disorders. The final section concentrates on the assessment and treatment of these blended or hybrid categories of trauma/psychosis/dissociation.
Assessment: This useful and interesting book is well written and lays out its arguments for the connections between trauma/dissociation/psychosis clearly and cogently. The chapter by Scharfetter on schizophrenia as a disorder of dissociation or ego fragmentation is particularly good. Also interesting are the sections by authors from different fields of psychosis and dissociation who collaborate on such topics as attachment perspectives and childhood trauma. I highly recommend this book.