Chemical dissociation in traumatised alcohol-dependent patients: a neurobehavioral study using neurocognitive, neuroimaging and physiological data
10 / 2004 - 10 / 2007
Website Amsterdam Institute for Addiction Research
Childhood traumatisation is generally associated with dissociation which in turn is generally associated with the presence of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). These associations, however, are lacking in traumatised alcoholics and it has been suggested that in alcoholics psychological dissociation is replaced by some kind of chemical dissociation. The current study aims to obtain a better understanding of this process through the simultaneous application of neurocognitive, neurophysiological and neuroimaging approaches in a group of traumatised alcoholics (with and without PTSD), a group of traumatised non-alcoholics (with and without PTSD) and a group of non-traumatised non-alcoholics without PTSD.