Honoree Address: Trauma, Psychosis and TIMBER Model to Treat Traumatic Psychosis

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Length: 1 hour 14 minutes

Narsimha Pinninti, MD

There is evidence to show that childhood adversity and trauma lead to Psychosis. When trauma is not addressed and psychotic experiences are not processed in the most helpful way, it can turn into psychotic disorders. However the role of trauma in causing psychosis is not adequately recognized or addressed by mainstream psychiatric practice. The author in this presentation presents data to show the role of trauma causing psychosis and the rationale for separating traumatic psychosis from the rest of psychotic disorders. Also a particular protocol of Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Mindfulness called TIMBER (Trauma Interventions using Mindfulness Based Extinction and Reconsolidation of trauma memories) is presented. The pilot data from the use of this protocol for five individuals with psychosis is presented.

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