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Written and edited by some of the world's foremost experts in the field, Trauma, Memory, and Dissociation provides comprehensive coverage of dissociation and memory alterations in trauma, an area that is being dramatically reshaped by vigorous new research. This one-of-a-kind book, written for researchers and clinicians alike, covers aspects of this subject that have not been thoroughly examined before. It presents empirical data on dissociative symptoms associated with exposure to psychological trauma, including combat, childhood abuse, and other traumas, as well as the important relationships dissociative disorder has with other conditions associated with extreme stress such as posttraumatic stress disorder. This book also examines areas where questions still linger concerning the psychopathology of trauma-related dissociation, including dissociation as a defense mechanism or a normal personality trait. Because dissociation plays an important role in the recall of traumatic memories, Trauma, Memory, and Dissociation investigates the controversial areas of delayed recall of childhood abuse and "false memory syndrome." This text also offers clinicians a detailed, step-by-step discussion of approaches to treat the dissociative patient. It reviews the neurobiology of dissociative disorders and illuminates areas where future research may lead to more effective treatments.
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Table of Contents

Early concepts of trauma, dissociation, and the unconscious: their history and current implications. Hypnosis, dissociation, and trauma: myths, metaphors, and mechanisms. Trauma, dissociation, and hypnotizability. Dissociation and hypnotizability: a conceptual and methodological perspective on two distinct concepts. Trauma, dissociation, and somatization. Dissociative symptomatology in adult patients with histories of childhood physical and sexual abuse. Relationships between traumatic experiences and symptoms of posttraumatic stress, dissociation, and amnesia. Peritraumatic dissociation and posttraumatic stress disorder. Treatment of dissociative disorders. Effects of flooding on memories of patients with posttraumatic stress disorder. The emerging neurobiology of dissociation: implications for treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder. Trauma, memory, and dissociation: an integrative formulation. Index.

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This volume, like a similar one edited by Michelson and Ray (1996; see Allen, 1998), serves clinicians well in bringing disparate findings and viewpoints into conscious awareness. Bulletin of Menninger Clinic, Summer 2000

About the Author

J. Douglas Bremner, M.D., is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine and Research Psychiatrist at Yale Psychiatric Institute and the National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder at the West Haven Veterans Administration Medical Center, West Haven, Connecticut. Charles R. Marmar, M.D., is Professor and Vice-Chair in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco; and Chief, Mental Health Services at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, San Francisco, California. Dr. Marmar has authored or edited over 100 publications on the topic of traumatic stress and related disorders.

Reviews

This is a valuable compendium of articles by major investigators in the field. The works presented here chip away at a myriad of unanswered questions about trauma, memory, and dissociation. This book provokes new insights and further empirical research. * Linda Williams, Director of Research, The Stone Center, Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts *

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