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Trauma and Madness in Mental Health Services


  • Represents a critical exploration of the mental health system as it pertains to individuals experiencing 'madness'

  • Is written entirely from the perspective of people with lived experience

  • Offers resources and directions for the future, as recommended by people with the experiences in consideration


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. The Status Quo

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Noël Hunter
      Pages 3-21
    3. Noël Hunter
      Pages 23-43
    4. Noël Hunter
      Pages 45-65
    5. Noël Hunter
      Pages 67-95
    6. Noël Hunter
      Pages 97-119
  3. Part II

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 151-151
    2. Noël Hunter
      Pages 153-182
    3. Noël Hunter
      Pages 183-199
    4. Noël Hunter
      Pages 221-232
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 233-238

About this book


How do survivors of child abuse, bullying, chronic oppression and discrimination, and other developmental traumas adapt to such unimaginable situations? It is taken for granted that experiences such as hearing voices, altered states of consciousness, dissociative states, lack of trust, and intense emotions are inherently problematic. But what does the evidence actually show? And how much do we still need to learn?


Trauma Studies Critical Psychology Critical Mental Health Mental Health Services Recovery Programs Dissociative Identity Disorder DID Mental Disorders Dissociative disorders Identity Disorders Memory Disorders Psychiatric Diagnosis

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.New York, NYUSA

About the authors

Noël Hunter is a clinical psychologist working in private practice in New York City, USA. Her work focuses on the link between trauma and altered states, human rights, and alternative approaches to healing. 

Bibliographic information


“Trauma and Madness in Mental Health Services offers a great deal of practical help for both practitioners and for those in emotional turmoil. In very concrete terms, Hunter offers chapters on what is helpful and what is not.” (Bruce E. Levine,, July 18, 2018)​

“Noel Hunter’s remarkable book sheds light on a new discourse around human suffering, while tying into a long history of approaches that have vacillated between attempts at categorization and an overarching view of distress on a continuum. … ‘Madness and Trauma’ is an auspicious paragon for such an ambitious project, and thus a must-read for anyone looking for a way forward in this complex field.” (Peter Stastny, Psychosis, Vol. 10 (04), 2018)