Neurophenomenology and Trauma-Related

Altered States of Consciousness

Paul Frewen & Ruth Lanius



There has been increasing recognition of the causal role of traumatic life events in the development of dissociative experiences. Indeed a dissociative subtype of PTSD is now recognized in the DSM-5 , and the dissociative disorders are among those most strongly associated with trauma histories. Trauma-related disorders are among the most difficult to treat, and collaboration between clinicians and researchers is essential to understanding the complexity of dissociative experiences and improving therapeutic outcomes. Our recent text, Healing the Traumatized Self, is designed to further the dialogue between clinicians and researchers concerning the neurophenomenology of trauma-related disorders, focusing on the first-person lived experience of traumatised persons and its underlying neural correlates…

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