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The psychotic individual often presents imagery, hallucinations, and behavior that reflect pre- and peri-natal stress. This paper is a phenomenological study of psychotic adults with a known history of pre- and peri-natal distress. An overall view of psychosis is described as well as the context of a therapeutic community system. The method of body therapy found to be effective with the psychotic individual is delineated and excerpts from actual interviews are included.


1. Fitzpatrick, M. (1983). A study of the thought processes and integration in nonparanoid schizophrenic individuals. Dissertation.

2. Grof, S. Birth Trauma and Its Significance for Psychiatry and Psychology, 2nd International Congress on Pre- and Peri-natal Psychology, July 26-28, 1985.

3. Orr, L., & Ray, S. (1977). Rebirthing in the New Age. Discussion of connected breathing, pp. 78-80.

Moira Pyle Fitzpatrick, Ph.D.

Moira Pyle Fitzpatrick Ph.D. is with the Hanbleceya Therapeutic Community.

JOURNAL OF PRENATAL AND PERINATAL PSYCHOLOGY AND HEALTH publishes research and clinical articles from the cutting edge of the science of prenatal and perinatal psychology and health. The journal, published quarterly since 1986, is dedicated to the in-depth exploration human reproduction and pregnancy and the mental and emotional development of the unborn and newborn child.

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