vicar arrested, EEG shows evidence of D.I.D., Developmental Trauma Disorder

May 3, 2010 § Leave a comment

Latvian vicar arrested on sex abuse allegations April 29, 2010 RIGA, Latvia (AP) — A former Catholic priest who converted to Protestantism and two other men have been arrested in Latvia for allegedly sexually abusing children, police said Thursday. The three suspects were friends and exchanged information to help each other find victims throughout the Baltic country, police spokesman Toms Sadovskis said. They preyed on orphans or boys from dysfunctional families in a string of abuse cases going back at least five years, Sadovskis alleged, adding that “some of the victims were mentally challenged.”

Psych Week 2010: EEG Test – An EEG test shows physiological evidence of Paula’s D.I.D.

Bessel A. van der Kolk, MD et al….

The goal of introducing the diagnosis of Developmental Trauma Disorder is to capture the reality of the clinical presentations of children and adolescents exposed to chronic interpersonal trauma and thereby guide clinicians to develop and utilize effective interventions and for researchers to study the neurobiology and transmission of chronic interpersonal violence. Whether or not they exhibit symptoms of PTSD, children who have developed in the context of ongoing danger, maltreatment, and inadequate caregiving systems are ill-served by the current diagnostic system, as it frequently leads to no diagnosis, multiple unrelated diagnoses, an emphasis on behavioral control without recognition of interpersonal trauma and lack of safety in the etiology of symptoms, and a lack of attention to ameliorating the developmental disruptions that underlie the symptoms….

The introduction of PTSD in the psychiatric classification system in 1980 has led to extensive scientific studies of that diagnosis. However, over the past 25 years there has been a relatively independent and parallel emergence of the field of Developmental Psychopathology (e.g. Maughan & Cicchetti, 2002; Putnam, Trickett, Yehuda, & McFarlane, 1997), which has documented the effects of interpersonal trauma and disruption of caregiving systems on the development of affect regulation, attention, cognition, perception, and interpersonal relationships. A third significant development has been the increasing documentation of the effects of adverse early life experiences on brain development (e.g. De Bellis et al., 2002; Teicher et al., 2003), neuroendocrinology (e.g.Hart, Gunnar, & Cicchetti, 1995; Lipschitz et al., 2003) and immunology (e.g. Putnam et al., 1997; Wilson et al, 1999).

Studies of both child and adult populations over the last 25 years have established that, in a majority of trauma-exposed individuals, traumatic stress in childhood does not occur in isolation, but rather is characterized by co-occurring, often chronic, types of victimization and other adverse experiences (Anda et al., 2006; Dong et al., 2004; Pynoos et al., 2008; Spinazzola et al., 2005; van der Kolk et al, 2005).

Contribute to the Field Trial for Developmental Trauma Disorder
There currently is an ongoing field trial for the NCTSN proposed Developmental Trauma Disorder for inclusion in the DSM V, in which the University of Connecticut (Dr. Julian Ford), the Trauma Center at JRI (Drs. van der Kolk, Spinazzola and D’Andrea), and LaRabida Hospital in Chicago (Dr. Bradley Stolbach) are the principal sites. Part of this field trial is underwritten by several private foundations, but we are seeking an additional $150,000 to complete this study.

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