Trauma and Serious Mental Illness
Edited by Steven N. Gold, John D. Elhai
Routledge – 2008 – 170 pages
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:
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.