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Overview

An exploration of the newfound connections between mental illness and trauma

For decades, the idea that serious mental illnesses (SMIs) are almost exclusively biologically-based and must be treated pharmacologically has been commonplace in psychology literature. As a result, many mental health professionals have stopped listening to their clients, categorizing their symptoms as manifestations of neurologically-based disturbed thinking. Trauma and Serious Mental Illness is the groundbreaking series of works that challenge this standard view and provides a comprehensive introduction to the emerging perspective of SMIs as trauma-based. This unique collection illustrates how different psychotherapy approaches can lead to reduced symptomatology, decreased psychological distress, and improved functioning in individuals living with SMIs.

Each extensively-referenced chapter in Trauma and Serious Mental Illness offers mental health workers a forward-looking theoretical inquiry, empirical study, or critical treatise providing compelling counter evidence to challenge the widespread belief that SMIs are not reactions to the extreme and extremely disturbing circumstances embodied by psychological trauma. In addition to the etiological application, this revealing text proposes ways to incorporate this cutting-edge approach toward treatment options as well.

Contributors to Trauma and Serious Mental Illness suggest that:

  • childhood trauma is related to psychotic disorders
  • dissociation can be confounded with psychotic symptoms
  • auditory hallucinations can be diagnostic of dissociation rather than psychosis
  • psychosis is related to the quality of family of origin environment and to age of onset of childhood abuse
  • bipolar and trauma-related disorders sometimes overlap
  • individuals with SMIs suffer related trauma even in treatment facilities
  • and much more!
Trauma and Serious Mental Illness is an eye-opening resource for mental health professionals, psychologists, counselors, psychiatrists, social workers, trauma workers, and educators and students in these disciplines.
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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM (Columbia College of Missouri)
Description: This rather interesting book proposes that serious mental illnesses such as schizophrenia are better explained by past traumas and that the reliance on pharmacological treatment for these types of disorders has silenced patients from discussing these traumas.
Purpose: This book brings together a series of published papers from the Journal of Psychological Trauma to emphasize the importance of listening to our patients about past traumas and actually asking them about past traumas during evaluation. These worthy objectives are met.
Audience: It is intended for anyone in the mental health field, including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and graduate trainees. The contributing authors are credible, despite the opinionated nature of some of their comments on psychopharmacology and the pharmaceutical industry.
Features: This is not a typically structured book because it is a compilation of a series of articles copublished in a journal. It includes discussions on childhood trauma and psychosis, dissociation and psychosis, and auditory hallucinations, all of which stimulate readers' thinking about the underlying cause of these symptoms. The discussion of the connection between trauma and schizophrenia is heavily weighted toward psychoanalytic thought and is somewhat dated. The shortcoming of this book is the lack of balance between modern treatment and the authors' own personal views. These views detract from what is an otherwise stimulating discussion of a topic worthy of further exploration.
Assessment: This book is based on an interesting premise, but I am concerned about the path the authors have taken in terms of their own biases as well as the exploration of past theories and thoughts which may not be applicable.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789036513
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/28/2008
  • Series: Journal of Psychological Trauma Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 170
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Gold, Trauma and Serious Mental Illness: Is the Pendulum About to Swing? Conceptual Frameworks. Hammersley, Read, Woodall, Dillon, Childhood Trauma and Psychosis: The Genie is Out of the Bottle. Ross, Dissociation and Psychosis: Conceptual Issues. Moskowitz, Corsten, Auditory Hallucinations: Psychotic Symptom or Dissociative Experience? Empirical Studies. Faust, Stewart, Impact of Child Abuse Timing and Family Environment on Psychosis. Grubaugh, Cusack, Yim, Knapp, Frueh, Gender Differences in Relationship Patterns Between Adverse Psychiatric Experiences, Lifetime Trauma, and PTSD. Clinical Applications. Levy, The Broad Relationship Between Bipolar Disorder and Disorders of Psychological Trauma: Time-limited to Life-long Need for Mood Stabilizers. Karon, Trauma and Schizophrenia. Index. Reference Notes Included.

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