Torture

Publication Title: 
The American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis

In February and March, 1973, 566 U.S. military prisoners (POWs) were released from North Vietnam. These men had been POWs for a period of time between 2 months and 9 years, with a mean incarceration of 4.44 years. They had faced physical and psychological stress similar to that experienced by POWs from previous wars: starvation, disease, inadequate shelter, lack of medical care, interrogations and torture (Deaton, Burge, Richlin & Latrownik, 1977; Mitchell, 1991). By definition, such prison conditions constituted a traumatic experience (Deaton et al., 1977).

Author(s): 
Wood, D. P.
Sexton, J. L.
Publication Title: 
The International Journal of Psycho-Analysis

The author attempts to situate the specificity of torture--understood as the product of political violence and of totalitarian states--within the historical framework of the concept of trauma in psychoanalysis. When the mind and social ties are simultaneously affected, the intrapsychic and transpersonal aspects of the suffered damage intertwine in a complex and unique web. The author aims to dismantle the notion of victim, considering it both stigmatizing and inaccurate.

Author(s): 
Viñar, Marcelo N.
Publication Title: 
Torture: Quarterly Journal on Rehabilitation of Torture Victims and Prevention of Torture

Survivors of torture and refugee trauma often have increased needs for mental and physical healthcare. This is due in part to the complex sequelae of trauma, including chronic pain, major depressive disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and somatization.

Author(s): 
Longacre, McKenna
Silver-Highfield, Ellen
Lama, Puja
Grodin, Michael
Publication Title: 
Torture: Quarterly Journal on Rehabilitation of Torture Victims and Prevention of Torture

Survivors of torture and refugee trauma often have increased needs for mental and physical healthcare. This is due in part to the complex sequelae of trauma, including chronic pain, major depressive disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and somatization.

Author(s): 
Longacre, McKenna
Silver-Highfield, Ellen
Lama, Puja
Grodin, Michael
Publication Title: 
Torture: Quarterly Journal on Rehabilitation of Torture Victims and Prevention of Torture

Survivors of torture and refugee trauma often have increased needs for mental and physical healthcare. This is due in part to the complex sequelae of trauma, including chronic pain, major depressive disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and somatization.

Author(s): 
Longacre, McKenna
Silver-Highfield, Ellen
Lama, Puja
Grodin, Michael
Publication Title: 
Torture: Quarterly Journal on Rehabilitation of Torture Victims and Prevention of Torture

Survivors of torture and refugee trauma often have increased needs for mental and physical healthcare. This is due in part to the complex sequelae of trauma, including chronic pain, major depressive disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and somatization.

Author(s): 
Longacre, McKenna
Silver-Highfield, Ellen
Lama, Puja
Grodin, Michael
Publication Title: 
Torture: Quarterly Journal on Rehabilitation of Torture Victims and Prevention of Torture

Survivors of torture and refugee trauma often have increased needs for mental and physical healthcare. This is due in part to the complex sequelae of trauma, including chronic pain, major depressive disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and somatization.

Author(s): 
Longacre, McKenna
Silver-Highfield, Ellen
Lama, Puja
Grodin, Michael
Publication Title: 
Torture: Quarterly Journal on Rehabilitation of Torture Victims and Prevention of Torture

INTRODUCTION: In developing countries where torture is perpetrated, there are few resources for the provision of therapeutic assistance to the survivors. The testimonial method represents a brief cross-cultural psychosocial approach to trauma, which is relatively easy to master. The method was first described in Chile in 1983 and has since been used in many variations in different cultural contexts. In this project the method has been supplemented by culture-specific coping strategies (meditation and a delivery ceremony).

Author(s): 
Agger, Inger
Raghuvanshi, Lenin
Shabana, Shirin
Polatin, Peter
Laursen, Laila K.
Publication Title: 
Torture: Quarterly Journal on Rehabilitation of Torture Victims and Prevention of Torture

Survivors of torture and refugee trauma often have increased needs for mental and physical healthcare. This is due in part to the complex sequelae of trauma, including chronic pain, major depressive disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and somatization.

Author(s): 
Longacre, McKenna
Silver-Highfield, Ellen
Lama, Puja
Grodin, Michael
Publication Title: 
Torture: Quarterly Journal on Rehabilitation of Torture Victims and Prevention of Torture

Survivors of torture and refugee trauma often have increased needs for mental and physical healthcare. This is due in part to the complex sequelae of trauma, including chronic pain, major depressive disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and somatization.

Author(s): 
Longacre, McKenna
Silver-Highfield, Ellen
Lama, Puja
Grodin, Michael

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