Anna A. Terruwe, M.D., Ph.D., is retired and lives in the Netherlands.
She earned her M.D. at the University of Utrecht and her Ph.D. at the University of Leiden.
Known as the discoverer of new syndromes dealing with the energy and frustration neuroses, she
treated patients from all over Western Europe. Pope Paul VI called her work "a special gift to
the Church." Dr. Terruwe is the author of many books, a number of which have been translated into
German, French and English. Some of the best known are Emotional Growth in Marriage and
The Neurosis in the Light of Rational Psychology.
Conrad W. Baars, M.D. was a native of the Netherlands but practiced
psychiatry in the United States from 1946 until his death in 1981. Educated at Oxford University
and the University of Amsterdam Medical School, Dr. Baars served in the anti-Nazi underground in
Belgium, France, and Holland during World War II. Captured by the Nazis he spent two years in
Buchenwald Concentration Camp. During the Korean War he served in the American Army as a medical
officer. He discovered Dr. Terruwe's work in the mid-fifties and developed and promoted it
throughout his psychiatric career. He lectured widely and authored many articles and books
including Born Only Once, Feeling & Healing Your Emotions, The Psychology of
Obedience, and The Unquiet Heart. His extraordinary life story is recorded in the book
Doctor of the Heart (Alba House, 1996).
"Affirmation and Healing: This second edition (25 years after the first) of
Healing the Unaffirmed: Recognizing Emotional Deprivation Disorder is revised and updated
to reflect changes in the psychiatric practice and society. Dr. Suzanne Baars offers the second
edition of the scholarly work -- by original authors Dr. Conrad W. Baars and Dr. Anna A. Terruwe
-- to help psychiatrists and therapists understand "emotional depravation disorder," a disorder
that can present itself like other problems and can be frustrating for doctors and spiritual
advisers because it does not respond to traditional psychotherapy. Reaching people in therapy
can be helped with the understanding available in this book -- as long as the therapist or
adviser recognizes the symptoms of the disorders that stem from a lack of emotional affirmation
and love given to an infant when growing up. With emotional and spiritual therapy, the person can
be taught to overcome the difficulties inherent in themselves and be happier, productive members
of society." --Crux of the News, February 17, 2003
"I have had the pleasure of interviewing Suzanne Baars many times on the topic of deprivation
neurosis. In her interviews she has described the causes, effects, and cures for this well-defined
syndrome discovered by the pioneering work of Anna A. Terruwe, M.D., and her father, Conrad W.
Baars, M.D. The response to Suzanne's television and radio interviews has been overwhelming. I
believe it is because people recognize themselves in the deprivation syndrome Suzanne describes,
and have been seeking resolution for its long-term and often emotionally crippling effects. Dr.
Baars and Dr. Terruwe did the clinical world a great service through their discovery and study of
this malady, and through the initial release of their book, Healing the Unaffirmed: Recognizing
Deprivation Neurosis, Suzanne Baars has done the general audience a great service by
discussing the neurosis' symptoms and causes in the broadcast format, and through the new release
of this classic work. --Johnette S. Benkovic, Television and Radio Host
"This book is a guide for healing persons who have not been affirmed or loved -- a wound
occurring frequently in our narcissistic culture. In this book the reader learns of the etiology,
symptoms, and treatment of emotional deprivation disorder -- a severe lack of love -- or its
milder form -- the unaffirmed state. The authors describe the symptoms experienced by those who
suffer from emotional underdevelopment: self-centeredness, feelings of inferiority, anxiety,
insecurity and lack of emotional rapport with others. The authors also explain the principles of
affectivity whereby the therapist can nurture the client's heart through a wholistic approach
that fosters emotional maturity. This book is a help and source of hope." --Fr.
William D. Virtue, STD