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Webinar on Dissociation as a common factor in many “mental disorders” including psychosis

Here’s my first, very amateur webinar – this is using software that is just for pre-recorded webinars, if I really get into doing them it’s best to do them live with software that costs money to use.

Understanding Trauma Related Dissociation and Its Role a Wide Variety of Disorders, including Psychosis

This is a free Webinar, 50 minutes long, that outlines how one basic process, dissociation in response to trauma and stress, can lead to a wide variety of “mental disorders” including anxiety, depression, PTSD, Borderline Personality Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, and the psychotic disorders including schizophrenia. (Of course, it can also lead to the disorders that are explicitly recognized to be connected with dissociation, such as Dissociative Identity Disorder.)

This is an experimental venture on my part, so my apologies for the fact that the technical quality is not great. The Webinar is in 4 sections, due to limitations on video length at Youtube.

I’d be very interested in hearing your thoughts or your questions about this subject matter and/or about the way I present it.

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Part 4:

In the future, I’m thinking about doing a lot more with web based education, some of which would be free and some where people could pay and earn continuing education credits. So this could be the start of something big…..

Ron Unger

3 comments… add one
  • Ron,

    Long-term psychiatric drugs use can cause trauma.
    Charles Whitfiled, M.D. – Psychiatric Drugs as Agents of Trauma –

    In other words, I think that (for many people) much of the trauma is often caused by psychiatry itself.

    Duane Sherry, M.S.

  • Psychiatrists take advantage of people already in a possible weakened state or frame of mind. They then get them on drugs which most of the time cause MORE problems making them more vulnerable and easier to manipulate into thinking they need more or different drugs when the PROBLEM is the drugs! Psychiatric drugs should ONLY be used as a LAST resort …not as a “happy pill”! Alternatives should be explored FIRST and people should be given resources and good information to try to help themselves.

  • Dear Mr. Unger,
    Thank you for posting this video. I am a doctoral student working toward my LPC license, and am very interested in dissociation. It is difficult for me to find many workshops or educational sessions on at conferences that focus on dissociation, and even more difficult to find them at affordable prices. I am intrigued by your prospective on dissociation’s role in other disorders, as it gave me a new way to understand functioning. I also appreciate the way you communicated your message, as it will help me to explain the functioning of dissociation in my upcoming presentation to my CADRE. Thank you for dedicating your expertise, time, and energy!
    Kate H.


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