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Schizophrenia : Innovations in Diagnosis and Treatment - Colin Ross


Innovations in Diagnosis and Treatment

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Learn about a pioneering alternative to antipsychotic medication for schizophrenia!

In Schizophrenia: Innovations in Diagnosis and Treatment, Dr. Colin A. Ross—founder of the Colin A. Ross Institute for Psychological Trauma—presents a new theory of the existence of a dissociative subtype of schizophrenia. Dr. Ross determines that some patients diagnosed with schizophrenia have symptoms closely related to dissociative identity disorder—or multiple personality disorder—and have a history of psychological trauma. In these cases, this unprecedented book proposes that the disorder is treatable—perhaps even curable—using psychotherapy rather than drugs.

Schizophrenia: Innovations in Diagnosis and Treatment will revolutionize the profession of psychology with data, arguments, and a review of previously published literature to support Dr. Ross’s theory. Traditionally, schizophrenia is considered manageable only by a lifetime of psychotropic drugs—expensive, harmful, and often ineffectual. This book offers an alternative free of damaging chemicals to improve quality of life for patients with schizophrenia whose symptoms may be trauma-based.

Schizophrenia: Innovations in Diagnosis and Treatment offers specific, detailed ideas and research on:

  • genetic studies showing that while there is a genetic connection, it is not prevalent enough for biology to be the only predisposing factor in all cases of schizophrenia
  • a comparison of the definitions of psychosis, schizophrenia, and dissociation—from the DSM-IV-TR and other texts—to determine relationships between the three disorders
  • proposed diagnostic criteria for dissociative schizophrenia—dissociative amnesia, depersonalization, the presence of two or more distinct personalities/identities, auditory hallucinations, extensive comorbidity, and severe childhood trauma
  • the principles of psychotherapy for dissociative schizophrenia—when to start therapy, trauma therapy, how to establish communication with the patient, and therapeutic neutrality
  • and more!
With an extensive bibliography of literatures on trauma, dissociation, and psychosis, as well as numerous tables and case studies, this volume presents a strong case for a fresh methodology in the treatment of this psychological abnormality. The theory provided by Dr. Ross brings hope for recovery to individuals with dissociative schizophrenia. This one-of-a-kind book is a must-read for psychiatrists, psychologists, and other professionals involved in research and/or treatment of schizophrenia. Its comprehensible text makes it useful for patients with schizophrenia and their family members as well.

Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
A Statement of the Problemp. xvii
A Dissociative Subtype of Schizophrenia
Assumptions and Logic Underlying the Dissociative Subtype of Schizophreniap. 3
A Model of Gene-Environment Interactionp. 4
Implications of Monozygotic Twin Datap. 7
The Triangle of Recoveryp. 9
Characteristics of the Dissociative Subtype of Schizophreniap. 15
The Spectrum from Nondissociative Subtypes of Schizophrenia to Dissociative Identity Disorderp. 15
Psychosis and Schizophrenia
Definitions of Psychosis and Schizophreniap. 23
DSM-IV-TR Definition of Psychosisp. 24
DSM-IV-TR Text and Criteria for Schizophreniap. 25
The Genetic Model of Schizophreniap. 27
The Genome As a Minor Contributor to the Causes of Schizophreniap. 28
Evidence for the Toxic and Protective Effects of the Psychosocial Environmentp. 33
The Efficacy of Antipsychotic Medicationp. 39
Psychosis and Traumap. 53
Childhood Trauma and General Psychopathologyp. 54
The Base Rate of Child Abuse Among Psychiatric Inpatientsp. 54
Childhood Trauma and Psychosisp. 56
Failure of Most Research on Schizophrenia to Consider Psychological Traumap. 61
Dissociation and Dissociative Identity Disorder
Definition and Scientific Status of Dissociationp. 69
Errors of Logic and Scholarship Concerning Dissociationp. 69
Diagnosis of Dissociative Identity Disorderp. 76
General Errors of Logic and Scholarshipp. 81
Dissociation and Traumap. 85
A Continuum of Dissociation Versus Discrete Pathological Statesp. 85
The Trauma-Dissociation Modelp. 88
Dissociative Identity Disorderp. 109
Reliability and Validityp. 110
Etiologyp. 113
Epidemiologyp. 116
Phenomenologyp. 120
Dissociative Identity Disorder and Schizophrenia
Bleuler's Description of Schizophreniap. 127
Analysis of Bleuler's 1911 Text on Schizophreniap. 129
The Fundamental Role of Dissociation in Schizophreniap. 133
Positive Symptoms in Schizophrenia and Dissociative Identity Disorderp. 147
Distinction Between Schizophrenia and DID in the Schizophrenia Literaturep. 147
Data on the Overlap Between Schizophrenia and DIDp. 152
A Prospective Study of the Dissociative Subtype of Schizophreniap. 171
Case Examples of Dissociative Schizophreniap. 177
From August Hoch, MDp. 178
From Sheila Cantor, MDp. 182
From Patricia J. Ruocchiop. 184
From Barbara A. Turnerp. 187
From Janice C. Jordanp. 189
From Leslie Greenblatp. 193
Hysterical and Reactive Psychosesp. 197
Proposed Diagnostic Criteria for Dissociative Schizophreniap. 203
295.40 Dissociative Typep. 204
Diagnostic Criteria for 295.40 Dissociative Typep. 205
Treatment Outcome Datap. 209
Subjects and Treatment Providedp. 210
Methodological Limitations of the Studyp. 211
Limitations of the Literaturep. 212
Treatment Outcomesp. 213
Principles of Psychotherapy for Dissociative Schizophreniap. 219
Principles of Trauma Therapyp. 222
Talking to the Voicesp. 243
Bibliographyp. 251
Indexp. 281
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ISBN: 9780789022707
ISBN-10: 0789022702
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 318
Published: 5th November 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.47
Edition Number: 1