Rebuilding Shattered Lives : Treating Complex PTSD and Dissociative Disorders

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-04-26
  • Publisher: Wiley

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Children, adolescents, and adults who experience "developmentally adverse interpersonal trauma are at risk not only for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) but also for other anxiety, affective, addictive, conduct, eating, psychotic personality disorders, as well as for retraumatization. Now in an updated Second Edition, this book describes the theoretical constructs of how complex trauma-related clinical syndromes evolve and present in adult patients, integrating theories concerning posttraumatic stress disorder, dissociation and personality development. This book is an authoritative clinical guide to the treatment of patients with complex posttraumatic and dissociative disorders.

Author Biography

James A. Chu, MD, is Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Consultant in Psychiatry at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts, where he has established innovative clinical programs for the treatment of adults with trauma-related disorders.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. ix
Introductionp. xiii
The Nature and Effects of Childhood Abuse
Trauma and Dissociation: 30 Years of Study and Lessons Learned Along the Wayp. 3
Complex PTSD: The Effects of Chronic Trauma and Victimizationp. 20
Falling Apart: Dissociation and the Dissociative Disordersp. 41
Derailed: Childhood Trauma, Attachment, and the Development of the Selfp. 65
The Memory Wars: The Nature of Traumatic Memories of Childhood Abusep. 78
Phase-Oriented Treatment for Complex PTSD
The Therapeutic Roller Coaster: Phase-Oriented Treatment for Complex PTSDp. 109
Staying Safe: The Paradox of Self-Carep. 129
Containment: Controlling Posttraumatic and Dissociative Symptomsp. 147
The Therapeutic Dance: Relational Dilemmas in Treating Complex PTSDp. 160
The ˘Impossible÷ Patient: Chronic Disempowermentp. 175
Good Fences Make Good Neighbors: Maintaining the Treatment Framep. 191
Special Topics in Treatment of Complex Trauma-Related Disorders
The Rational Treatment of Dissociative Identity Disorderp. 207
Managing Crisis: Acute Care and Hospitalizationp. 228
Psychopharmacology for Trauma-Related Disordersp. 246
Controversies and Future Directions in the Field of Trauma and Dissociationp. 255
Afterword: Why We Do This Workp. 273
The Dissociative Experiences Scale (DES and DES-T)p. 276
The Somatoform Dissociation Questionnaire (SDQ-20 and SDQ-5)p. 282
The Multidimensional Inventory of Dissociation (MID)p. 287
Referencesp. 299
Author Indexp. 327
Subject Indexp. 332
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