About The Author

 

Dr Brad Bowins is a psychiatrist, researcher, and founder of The Centre For Theoretical Research In Psychiatry & Clinical Psychology. His research and writings challenge the status quo, fostering paradigm shifts so crucial to the advancement of science and knowledge. Several theoretical perspectives presented in peer-reviewed papers have advanced the way that key aspects of mental illness are understood, including:

Defense mechanisms once seen as quaint psychoanalytic formulations actually consist largely of two main templates—positive cognitive distortions and dissociation—that work by diminishing the impact of negative emotions. Antidepressants and psychotherapy act in part by enhancing these defensive processes.

Hypomania overrides depression in the moment to restore adaptive functioning, with dysfunctional mania arising from defective regulation over the hypomanic defense.

Psychosis represents another instance of defective regulation, in this case over psychotic level cognitions and sensory perceptions, allowing them to intrude into the conscious and awake state. Schizophrenia consists of psychosis and negative symptoms (deficiencies in human specific cognitive capacities), with the disease process underlying negative symptoms damaging regulation over psychotic level cognitions.

Repetitive maladaptive patterns of behavior (repetition compulsion) are reformulated into non-traumatic and traumatic versions, with the former derived from an evolutionary-based process of acquiring patterns of behavior, and the latter a dissociative defensive process to protect conscious system functioning.

Personality disorders are conceptualized as extreme and enduring expressions of defense processes that are adaptive in a milder and less persistent form.
Departing from mental illness, motion sickness is proposed to represent a negative reinforcement based mechanism to discourage aberrant motion that could lead to injury or predation.

 

'Theory is best complemented with practical applications, consistent with the saying that there is nothing so practical as a good theory. This approach is realized with effective interventions for mental illness and other challenges. Readers will then leave with solutions and strategies that advance their wellbeing. Given the truly novel perspectives and practical interventions, those who are interested in game changing approaches to problems will find his books and articles well worth the read.

 

Mental Illness Defined  
Available late Nov. 2016

 
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