Healing the 'split'; trauma as a dynamic in psychosis

lucia franco

Brunel University

Born in Italy now living in the Uk. Following a trauma at a young age I developed what was diagnosed paranoid schizophrenia. After many years of analysis, therapy, counselling and self-analysis I have reached what, I now in myself, a resolution of my psychosis. I obtained a degree in Psychology, a Counselling Diploma and am currently doing PhD studies researching in Psychosis at Brunel University.I am the founder and chair of The Oak Tree Self Help Group for people with Mental Health problems. I firmly believe that the shame about psychosis is for those who caused the pain leading to the condition and not for the victims who become psychotic. I am dedicated to demystifying the condition which I consider a normal and natural response of the mind to particular events and not a 'crazy' reaction.


Various authors suggested that trauma may be cause of psychosis but, so far, it hasn’t been possible to identify what distinguishes the trauma that may lead to psychosis from other types of trauma. To provide evidence... [ view full abstract ]


  1. lucia franco (Brunel University)

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Influencing research , Experts by experience


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