Colin A. Ross
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Colin A. Ross
Colin A. Ross (July 14, 1950) is a Canadian psychiatrist and was president of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation from 1993 to 1994.
Ross works in the Ross Institute for Psychological Trauma, a hospital in the Dallas, Texas area. He also directs a trauma program at Forest View Psychiatric Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Most of the people the Ross Institute treats describe very traumatic and abusive childhoods, however there is controversy about his methods and claims.
Ross has also produced several documentaries and educational films about Dissociative Identity Disorder. In 1999, he teamed with producer James Myer in the making of Multiple Personality: Reality and Illusion. The docu-drama featured Chris Costner Sizemore, a woman that became famous because of a rare diagnosis (at that time) of Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD). Ms. Sizemore's life was portrayed by Joanne Woodward in the Fox motion picture The Three Faces of Eve.
In the past, Ross was contractor of psycho-pharmaceutical companies; he has been called to participate in neuroleptic trials and continues to publish in the American Journal of Psychiatry.
Contributions to science
Repressed memory controversy
In his writings, e.g., Trauma Model Therapy: A Treatment Approach for Trauma, Dissociation and Complex Comorbidity, he makes a clear distinction between repression and dissociation. However, Ross's work has been challenged in lawsuits in the USA and Canada.
Roma Hart, a former patient of Colin Ross', litigated against him in Canada. Hart made the following statement in an interview with atheist activist and Satanic Temple co-founder, Doug Mesner, also known by the alias Lucien Greaves:
"[…]I was regularly in seclusion [whilst an in-patient of Colin Ross], a lovely concrete walled and floored hole where I was locked in for days at a time. Sometimes [I would be] thrown in, and I'd have the huge bruises to show for it. [The seclusion room] was often used for "behaviour modification", I suppose. You see, when I had seizures from the drugs [Ross had over-medicated], Ross told the nurses that I was just switching personalities to one called "Blue" that had seizures, so they should throw me in seclusion whenever that happened. One evening when [the seizures were] really bad, Ross had the nurses take me down to the ward below and strip me before they dropped me onto the floor. That [particular] seclusion room had a bad fluorescent light that flickered really badly. I laid there until the next day when they put me in a wheelchair to take me back up to my other seclusion room. Those nurses, as I told you before, followed Ross around like panting puppies and did anything he said. I remember when I had my blood pressure taken my nurse asked me if I knew why my blood pressure was so unstable. I was going to answer "the drugs?", but before I could say anything she said, "it's because each of your personalities has its own blood pressure." And, of course, [there was] the time that I was nearly killed from an overdose on the ward and I barely made it to the nurse's station, gasping for breath, (respiratory arrest) [trying to] get their attention. The nurses became angry at me and demanded that I go back to my room. I fell to the floor and crawled back to my room still struggling with every ounce of my strength for every breath. This was extremely frightening and I was so close to dying. I made it to my bed and the nurse took my blood pressure. She wrote it on my bed sheet as a matter of fact: 190/180. The following day after I regained consciousness another nurse came in and took my blood pressure: 60/50. Well, she remarked, you MPD patients are fascinating. [...] Ross had told the staff that night that I had "pulled myself in" and that it was an "MPD coma", not a real coma."
Claims of paranormal ability
In 2008, Ross applied for the James Randi Educational Foundation's One Million Dollar Paranormal Challenge with the claim that energy from his eyes could cause a speaker, receiving no other input, to sound a tone. In 2010, Ross published experimental data that supports his scientific hypothesis that the eyes emit energy that can be captured and measured in the Anthropology of Consciousness, a journal of the American Anthropological Association. During correspondence with Steven Novella of The Skeptic's Guide to the Universe, he conceded that the equipment he was using was a biofeedback machine attached to his laptop, and that the laptop was responding in a well-understood way to an eye blink. However, he claimed that he could still send energy beams out of his eyes, and was working on modifying the software to ignore an eyeblink. His claim has not currently been tested by the JREF. In 2008, he was granted the tongue-in-cheek Pigasus Award.
Ross has written several books about psychiatry and related subjects. Some of these books are:
- Dissociative Identity Disorder (2nd edition 1996. First edition titled: Multiple Personality Disorder, 1989)
- Satanic Ritual Abuse - Principles of Treatment (1995)
- Bluebird: Deliberate Creation of Multiple Personality by Psychiatrist (2000)
- Schizophrenia: Innovations in Diagnosis and Treatment (2004)
- The CIA Doctors: Human Rights Violations By American Psychiatrists (2006) (About Project MKUltra)
- The Trauma Model - A solution to the Problem of Comorbidity In Psychiatry (2007)
- The Great Psychiatry Scam: One Shrink's Personal Journey (2008)
- Military Mind Control: A Story of Trauma and Recovery (2009)
- Trauma Model Therapy (2009)
- Human Energy Fields: A New Science of Medicine (2011)
- The Rape of Eve (2014)
In addition he has published an extensive account of academic papers.
- "Chris Costner Sizemore, Patient Behind 'The Three Faces of Eve ..." New York Times. New York Times. Retrieved 16 October 2018.
- Ross, Colin (2009). Trauma Model Therapy: A Treatment Approach for Trauma, Dissociation and Complex Comorbidity. Richardson, TX: Manitou Communications. ISBN 978-0-9821-851-2-4.[page needed][non-primary source needed]
- Wiley Interscience[dead link]
- "Dr. Colin Ross Expects to Have the Last Laugh, Accepts Tongue-in". Globe News Wire. Globe News Wire. Retrieved 16 October 2018.
- https://www.amazon.com/Colin-A.-Ross/e/B001HCV7VQ/[full citation needed]
- Search Results for author Ross CA on PubMed.