Attachment, Trauma and Multiplicity: Working with Dissociative Identity Disorder

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Valerie Sinason
Psychology Press, 2002 - Psychology - 280 pages

Valerie Sinason's Treating Survivors of Satanist Abuse addressed a subject that many professionals working in the field had been uncomfortable discussing. Her work in disability and abuse has consistently broken new ground in addressing subjects that many people have found initially hard to deal with. This new book covers the equally unexplored subject of Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), and is the first major British book available for both clinicians and the intelligent lay public on this subject.

Attachment, Trauma and Multiplicity explains the phenomenon of DID, the conflicting models of the human mind that have been found to try and understand it, the political conflict over the subject, and, with the permission of patients, clinical accounts. Valerie Sinason, along with an impressive array of contributors, covers:

the background history and a description of the condition
issues of diagnoses
treatment issues
the stages of dissociation that lead to full-blown DID
the legal and management problems.

Attachment, Trauma and Multiplicity will be indispensable to professionals in the UK increasingly concerned about their lack of training in this subject and the fear it evokes in them and their teams.

 

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Contents

Mapping the territory childhood aetiology dissociation Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Dissociative Identity Disorder
1
Introduction
3
Dissociative Identity Disorder a developmental perspective
21
Child dissociation and its roots in adulthood
37
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and dissociation The Traumatic Stress Service in the Maudsley Hospital
52
Attachment focus theory and research
69
Multiple voices versus metacognition an attachment theory perspective
71
A theoretical framework for understanding multiplicity and dissociation
86
Dark dimensions of multiple personality
177
Practical diagnostic and administrative issues
195
Dissociative disorders recognition within psychiatry and RAINS
197
How does a telephone help?
202
Issues around administrating in a clinic for patients with Dissociative Identity Disorder
204
Legal issues around Dissociative Identity Disorder short notes
206
Other frames of reference
209
The dividual person on identity and identifications
211

Multiple dissociation in the context of the Adult Attachment Interview observations from interviewing individuals with Dissociative Identity Disorder
107
PsychoanalyticalIy orientated clinical work
123
The shoemaker and the elves working with multiplicity
125
Snow White and the seven diagnoses
139
Will you sit by her side? An attachmentbased approach to work with dissociative conditions
149
Profound desolation the working alliance with dissociative patients in an NHS setting
166
Dissociation and spirit possession in nonwestern countries notes towards a common research agenda
231
Multiple Personality Disorder and schizophrenia an interview with Professor Flora Rheta Schreiber
240
Information for DID sufferers and professionals working with this client group
265
Index
269
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About the author (2002)

Valerie Sinason is a psychoanalyst and Consultant Research Psychotherapist at the Psychiatry of Disability Department at St George's Hospital Medical School, London. She is Director of the Clinic for Dissociative Studies, Harley Street, London. She is the author of Treating Survivors of Satanist Abuse, Routledge, 1994

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