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Trauma, Dissociation, Attachment and Neuroscience: A New Paradigm for Understanding Severe Mental Distress

  • Jacqui Dillon
  • Lucy Johnstone
  • Eleanor Longden

Abstract

A new and profoundly important paradigm for understanding overwhelming emotional pain has emerged over the last few years, with the potential to change the way we conceptualize human suffering across the whole spectrum of mental health difficulties. It is a strongly evidence-based synthesis of findings from trauma studies, attachment theory and neuroscience, which offers new hope for recovery. It also presents a powerful challenge to biomedical model psychiatry in that it is based on scientific evidence that substantiates and attests to what many individuals with first-hand experience of mental health problems have always known — that the bad things that happen to you can drive you mad. In this article we will summarize the key findings and reflect on the implications for current practice.

Keywords

Borderline Personality Disorder Personality Disorder Childhood Sexual Abuse Attachment Style Autobiographical Memory 
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© Jacqui Dillon, Lucy Johnstone and Eleanor Longden 2014

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  • Jacqui Dillon
  • Lucy Johnstone
  • Eleanor Longden

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