Working with Trauma, Violation and Dissociation
A large number of difficult patients who self-harm and hear voices, but who are not schizophrenic, are sometimes diagnosed as having a borderline personality disorder, but may often be better understood as suffering from trauma-based dissociative disorder, the most extreme form of which is Multiple Personality/Dissociative Identity Disorder. This is a book of clinical, theoretical and historical importance. Drawing on exciting recent developments in work on trauma and dissociation, Phil Mollon provides a clinically based conceptual model and account of the therapeutic process with patients whose personalities are structured around trauma and pretence. The complexities and hazards of the process are fully considered, as are the problems of Recovered Memory and Pseudomemory. The author illustrates the concepts and process by a detailed account of therapy with MPD/DID, and the specific problem of the perverse sexual abuse of children is dealt with in a chapter on the nature of deep perversion and evil. Trauma and dissociation present challenges to both psychoanalysis and mainstream psychiatry and clinical psychology. Therapists, counsellors and nurses who work within the cognitive or analytic approaches to assessment and treatment will welcome this thoughtful and useful book. ISBN: 9780471963301
We offer, with some reservations, a list of symptoms that could indicate experiences of ritualized abuse. This list combines the experiences from Dutch child and adolescent psychiatry and trauma care in the US.
The caveat is that we do not offer this as a checklist for a conversation with a minor – in fact, we strongly advise against that. However, the list can be used after such a conversation to form an even clearer picture, if possible, of what the conversation delivered. Please note that the list contains quite explicit symptoms, which may act as triggers. If you as a reader are concerned about this, we recommend that you do not review this list.
The list of symptoms
Our brochure is meant to create more awareness among social workers and other professionals who may encounter survivors of ritual abuse and organized violence within their line of work. As a result of the structural abuse the victims often develop a dissociative identity disorder (DID, a multiple personality disorder), a diagnosis which is essential to heal the complex trauma these survivors have.
The purpose of the attached pdf is to educate the therapist treating Dissociative Identity Disorder and Ritual Abuse about commonly observed programs in similar survivors. It is hoped that the following will aid in the identification of cult mind control programming in therapists’ patients. By David W. Neswald, M.A. M.F.C.C. in collaboration with Catherine Gould, Ph.D. and Vicki Graham-Costain, Ph.D. The California Therapist, Sept./Oct. 1991, 47-50