Authors: Roger Gurr
Event: 2019 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Developmental Trauma and Psychosis
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Clinical Director, headspace Youth Early Psychosis Program, Western Sydney, and Chair of the Board of the NSW Service for the Treatment And Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors.
There is strong evidence that developmental trauma has a major role in the emergence of psychosis, and yet it has rarely been properly assessed or treated. Many of the features of psychosis (e.g. voices, delusions, functional deterioration) may be due to brain dysregulation caused by the different types of trauma (e.g. neglect, emotional abuse, physical and sexual abuse) at different stages of brain development. There is also evidence that QEEG guided neurofeedback can have a major role in treating psychosis, but ignored by mainstream psychiatry. These issues need to be further investigated in early psychosis programs.
Learning Objective 1: To inform the audience on probable causes of psychosis and possible new effective therapies.
Learning Objective 2: The new knowledge may lead to major changes in the provision of mental health services to assess and treat psychosis.
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