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Trauma, dissociation and psychosis

Dr Colin A Ross

Dr. Ross will review research data on the complex relationship between psychological trauma, dissociation and psychosis. The overlap between dissociation and psychosis should be a focus of research, revisions of diagnostic criteria and daily clinical practice. Dissociative disorders should be a standard part of the differential diagnosis of psychotic disorders. For example, auditory hallucinations are the sole symptom criterion required for a DSM-IV diagnosis of schizophrenia, but voices are more characteristic of dissociative identity disorder than of schizophrenia, as are Schneiderian first-rank symptoms in general. Evidence will be presented suggesting that psychotic symptoms are often trauma-related rather than being due to endogenous biological abnormalities.

 

 

WORLD DREAMING: WORLD CONGRESS FOR PSYCHOTHERAPY
24-28 August 2011 Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre
Darling Harbour, Australia.
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Dr Colin A Ross

Dr. Ross is an internationally renowned clinician, researcher, author and lecturer in the field of trauma-related disorders. He is the founder and President of the Colin A. Ross Institute for Psychological Trauma. Dr. Ross is the Executive Medical Director of three trauma programs located at Timberlawn Mental Health System in Dallas, Texas, Forest View Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan and Del Amo Hospital in Torrance, California. Dr. Ross provides treatment for patients with trauma related disorders and symptoms. This would include treatment for: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Dissociative Disorders, Borderline Personality Disorder, Addictive Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Depression, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. The symptoms treated and the admission criteria are: suicidal ideation, homicidal ideation, self-destructive and addictive behaviours, and inability to function. Dr. Ross has written extensively on the subject of dissociation and trauma. His latest books include Trauma Model Therapy: A Treatment Approach for Trauma, Dissociation and Complex Comorbidity. Other books by Dr. Ross include: The Trauma Model: A Solution to the Problem of Comorbidity in Psychiatry, and Schizophrenia: Innovations in Diagnosis and Treatment. Dr Ross’ books are available through his web site at www.rossinst.com. Dr. Ross has authored 170 professional papers and 27 books. He has reviewed for numerous professional journals, is a member of the American Psychiatric Association and is a Past President of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation. In addition, Dr. Ross has served as an expert witness in over 50 court cases, consulted on television, movie and video productions on trauma-related disorders, and produced six educational videos and CD’s for mental health professionals on the treatment of trauma-based disorders.

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