View Full Version : Medical/Psychological help needed on an unpleasant issue.

05-31-2007, 11:58 PM
I'm looking into


It seems this is caused more by a physical trauma rather than psychological. Can anyone tell me if a huge psychological trauma such as rape could result in a similar state to PVS?


06-01-2007, 12:01 AM
I think the short answer is no. There are unresponsive states of varying degrees with predominantly psychological causes, but PVS is very severe and purely organic--resulting from some kind of brain injury leading to coma.

06-01-2007, 12:27 AM
I would agree with Veinglory here - in psychological cases, you might see very trance-like or non-responsive states in various degrees of severity (the mind is a powerful thing), but you'd still detect high brain function on an EEG.

PVS, being completely organic, is determined by a complete lack of recordable brain function.

But I'm not a neurosurgeon - so there ya go :)

06-01-2007, 02:48 PM
Thanks for the help. I had an idea about this but thought I better check in any case.

06-01-2007, 03:08 PM
Hunt down Dr Bob Rich. He's not only one of my favorite authors, but he's also one heck of a psychiatrist.

On second thought, I hunted him down for you. http://bobswriting.com/

Best regards,

06-01-2007, 04:12 PM
Thanks :)

I'll check him out later.

06-01-2007, 06:36 PM
Perhaps catatonia: stupor would fit better -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catatonia