Trauma-related disorders and dissociation

Mary Jo Peebles

in The Oxford Handbook of Hypnosis

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780198570097
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Trauma-related disorders and dissociation

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This article addresses the application of hypnosis when a careful evaluation of the patient's symptoms, history, and functioning determines that a trauma model of psychotherapy is called for. It explains the concept of dissociation because that is a coping mechanism commonly called into play when there has been trauma. In fact, if a person's struggle to restabilize after trauma has reached the point that psychotherapy is necessary, dissociation has usually become problematic. This article describes the concept that the treatment of trauma, and the use of hypnosis in its treatment, can be simpler or more complex depending on the kind of traumatic event, when it occurred in the person's life and how long it went on. It reports two case studies to describe the aspects of trauma: Dr E, a forty-six-year old man who had been having trouble sleeping, and Mrs. Larchton who had a childhood pockmarked with significant trauma.

Keywords: trauma-related disorder; posttraumatic stress disorder; symptomatology; borderline personality disorder; dissociative identity disorder

Article.  23803 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Cognitive Psychology

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