Debunking Byington: Book Review of Twenty-Two Faces – a Story of Multiple Personalities

This is an ongoing book review. As time allows, I will add to the text.

You are welcome to make comments on this publication. I ask is that you be respectful to the author and others who voice opinions.

Thank you in advance for your patience in reviewing this highly controversial book and for following guidelines set forth. This book includes acts of murder, rape, and other felonies that is why I ask that comments address the writing – not people making comments.

I decided to write what will be an exhaustive analysis and critique of 22 Faces because of the positive impact it is having on patients diagnosed with Dissociative Identity Disorder, commonly known as multiple personalities and because of arguments and opinions against the contents of this book found on the Amazon book review section and the forum of the Dr. Phil Show.

In my opinion, there is a resurgence of the discovery of multiple personalities among American women and the subsequent psychiatric diagnosis of Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), therefore, it is extremely important to comb through this book to illustrate the inconsistencies in the narrative and the implausibility of the events the author declares occurred.

Supporting women abused as children is what society should do …. supporting a work of fiction touted as nonfiction is an act society needs to scrutinize particularly when crimes and childhood malfeasance are alleged.

This book is self-published and, therefore, was probably not scrutinized by a legal department with the vigor a conventional-publishing house would conduct prior to publication, therefore, statements made by the author require the reader to research whether or not the text is accurate.

Sexual abuse is horrid and dealing with the aftermath is difficult. Acts of ritual abuse undoubtedly occur. Satanists exist as a religion but I do not believe Byington’s depiction of this group are accurate.

Caveat: I am a former believer in multiple personalities and Dissociative Identity Disorder. I was entrenched in this lifestyle and psychotherapy for over 6 years and I have an excellent grasp of the inner workings of the events portrayed and alleged in this book.

Here we go…

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Judy Byington (Mrs.Weindorf) describes Twenty-Two Faces as a biography of Jenny Hill although the author also states that Jenny wrote the book. First question: is this an autobiography or a biography?

Byington states that Jenny Hill endured childhood sexual abuse, ritual abuse, satanic ritual abuse, kidnapping, parental abuse & neglect, sibling abuse, domestic abuse, Nazi mind control, divine intervention by God, psychiatric hospitalization, multiple personalities, and Dissociative Identity Disorder, to name a few. This book was published by Tate Publishing (May 15, 2012).

The author, Judy Byington, appeared on the Dr. Phil show on January 11, 2013 as did Jenny Hill and her son, Robert. (Note: Robert stated that Byington did not depict his family history accurately)

Retrieved 01-23-13.

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 1. About the Author from her media kit @ www.22faces.com

Twenty Two Faces, A Division of Trauma Research Center, Inc.

Trauma Research Center CEO is Judy Byington, MSW, LCSW, retired. Author, Twenty-Two Faces,  and panel members are Linda Quinton-Burr, Ph.d, J.D. ; Susan Peterson, L.P.C. Therapist, Neurofeedback Specialist and Practitioner and Sharon Reese, mother to five children and 49 alter personalities and Author, Healing Broken Wings.

There is no such designation as LCSW – Licensed Clinical Social Worker, retired. One is either licensed or not licensed. One does not “retire” from this profession and retain a license to practice. The designation of “retired” is meaningless, misleading, and a professional designation created by the author.

2. Let’s look at the endorsement from the back cover:

Robert Kroon (1924 – June 24, 2007). According to Wikipedia (01-23-13) Kroon… “was a prominent Dutch journalist who reported on conflicts and other stories as a foreign correspondent from Africa, Asia and Europe for nearly 60 years.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Kroon

.Although Mr. Kroon died four (4) years before the publication of this work, the author secured an endorsement from him.

This blogger finds it highly unlikely that a journalist of Kroon’s stature would endorse a book without reading the final draft and highly unlikely to do so after death.

update: 03-29-13. There will be no further review of Judy Byington’s book. There is little credible evidence that any of the event occurred. I, and many others, critiqued this Amazon book reviews and asked the author specific questions – each and every time, the author did not address the questions, rather she attacked the questioner.

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Dissociative Amnesia & Psychotherapy

The Lancet Psychiatry, Early Online Publication, 2 July 2014
doi:10.1016/S2215-0366(14)70279-2

Dissociative amnesia

 

Dissociative amnesia is one of the most enigmatic and controversial psychiatric disorders. In the past two decades, interest in the understanding of its pathophysiology has surged.

In this report, we review new data about the epidemiology, neurobiology, and neuroimaging of dissociative amnesia and show how advances in memory research and neurobiology of dissociation inform proposed pathogenetic models of the disorder.

Dissociative amnesia is characterised by functional impairment. Additionally, preliminary data suggest that affected people have an increased and possibly underestimated suicide risk.

The prevalence of dissociative amnesia differs substantially across countries and populations.

Symptoms and disease course also vary, indicating a possibly heterogeneous disorder. The accompanying clinical features differ across cultural groups. Most dissociative amnesias are retrograde, with memory impairments mainly involving the episodic-autobiographical memory domain. Anterograde dissociative amnesia occurring without significant retrograde memory impairments is rare. Functional neuroimaging studies of dissociative amnesia with prevailing retrograde memory impairments show changes in the network that subserves autobiographical memory.

At present, no evidence-based treatments are available for dissociative amnesia and no broad framework exists for its rehabilitation. Further research is needed into its neurobiology, course, treatment options, and strategies to improve differential diagnoses.

 

retrieved 07-29-14 link

Brazilian Mediums have Better Social Adjustment than American Dissociative Identity Disorder Sufferers

Dissociative Identity Disorder is considered a culture-bound syndrome meaning it is symptomatic of a region or country and not known as a disorder world wide. In the study below, patients of Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) were compared to spirit mediums. People diagnosed with DID were found to have less social abilities and adjustment. This conclusion is consistent reports of people who frequent support chat rooms and Internet groups that clearly shows people diagnosed with DID spiral downward to a point that the ability to care for self and others is severely compromised.

 

Comparison of Brazilian spiritist mediumship and dissociative identity disorder.

Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease 196(5): 420-424, 2008

Moreira-Almeida, Alexander; Neto, Francisco-Lotufo; Cardena, Etzel

We studied the similarities and differences between Brazilian Spiritistic mediums and North American dissociative identity disorder (DID) patients.

Twenty-four mediums selected among different Spiritistic organizations in Sao Paulo, Brazil, were interviewed using the Dissociative Disorder Interview Schedule, and their responses were compared with those of DID patients described in the literature.

The results from Spiritistic mediums were similar to published data on DID patients only with respect to female prevalence and high frequency of Schneiderian first-rank symptoms. As compared with individuals with DID, the mediums differed in having better social adjustment, lower prevalence of mental disorders, lower use of mental health services, no use of antipsychotics, and lower prevalence of histories of physical or sexual childhood abuse, sleepwalking, secondary features of DID, and symptoms of borderline personality.

Thus, mediumship differed from DID in having better mental health and social adjustment, and a different clinical profile.

 

retrieved 07-25-14  http://eurekamag.com/research/030/630/030630452.php#close

 

South Carolina, USA: Man accused of sexually assaulting baby tries the multiple personalitey excuse

Man accused of sexually assaulting baby blames multiple personality disorder

Vincent Ortiz Delvalle charged in death of 4-month-old daughter

UPDATED 6:53 AM EDT May 01, 2014
by Myra Ruiz

GREENVILLE, S.C. —Testimony in a hearing on Wednesday revealed that a Greenville County man accused of sexually assaulting and killing his baby blames the crime on an alternate personality.

Investigator Wayne Campbell, with the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office, said the child died from injuries that resulted from a sexual assault.

According to Investigator Wayne Campbell with the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office, Delvalle told the child’s mother that he has two personalities.

“One is ‘Lloyd’ and one he describes as ‘Bad Side,'” Campbell said.

full story: man-accused-of-sexually-assaulting-baby-blames-multiple-personality-disorder

 

 

Adult Dissociative Identity Disorder: A review of published research

J Nerv Ment Dis. 2013 Jan;201(1):5-11. doi: 10.1097/NMD.0b013e31827aaf81.

A review of published research on adult

dissociative identity disorder: 2000-2010

Source

Department of Psychology, State University of New York at Fredonia, USA. gaboysen@mckendree.edu

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to assess the scientific and etiological status of dissociative identity disorder (DID) by examining cases published from 2000 to 2010. In terms of scientific status, DID is a small but ongoing field of study. The review yielded 21 case studies and 80 empirical studies, presenting data on 1171 new cases of DID. A mean of 9 articles, each containing a mean of 17 new cases of DID, emerged each year. In terms of etiological status, many of the central criticisms of the disorder’s validity remain unaddressed. Most cases of DID emerged from a small number of countries and clinicians. In addition, documented cases occurring outside treatment were almost nonexistent. Finally, people simulating DID in the laboratory were mostly indistinguishable from individuals with DID. Overall, DID is still a topic of study, but the research lacks the productivity and focus needed to resolve ongoing controversies surrounding the disorder.

Inpatient Suicide & Death: The Forgotten Dead by Kelly Bouchard

Kennebec Journal, May 27, 2012

By Kelley Bouchard kbouchard@mainetoday.com
Staff Writer

AUGUSTA, Maine, USA — A disturbing memory has haunted Karen Evans, now a mental health advocate, since she was a patient at the Augusta Mental Health Institute in the early 1960s. She is working throuth the Maine Cemetery Project establish “a permanent memorial for the  11,647 people who died at AMHI between 1840 to 2004. No one knows where most of the patients are buried on the massive hospital grounds. The hospital closed in 2004

According to the Kennebec Journal,

  • cremated remains of 668 patients who died at Hawaii State Hospital between 1930 and 1960 were found in the basement
  • about 3,500 canisters of unclaimed ashes were found …at Oregon State Hospital
  • more than 400 patients were buried in unmarked graves at the former Northampton State Hospital in Massachusetts
  • 1,994 patients at Toledo State Hospital in Ohio were buried beneath small, numbered markers that eventually were lost
  • 25,000 people lay in unmarked graves at the former Central State Hospital in Milledgeville, GA.
  • 300,000 of these forgotten dead across the country
  • Maine patients who died at the former Bangor Mental Health Institute, which opened in 1901, were buried at nearby Mount Hope Cemetery
  •  records show the state purchased plots for patients who died at the hospital, now called the Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center
  • Some unclaimed patients also may have been used as cadavers for laboratory experiments at the Medical School of Maine that operated at Bowdoin College in the 1800s and early 1900s — a practice that was legal here and in several other states in the past.

“For those involved in the Maine Cemetery Project, it’s clear that raising a permanent memorial to the lost souls of AMHI is as much about the present and the future as it is about rectifying the past.”

Retrieved 06/22/12. Full story: http://www.kjonline.com/contact/Contact_Us_CM.html

 

Blind Patient Gains Sight Through Alter Personality

Before you get too excited, note the date of this article is 2007. Why isn’t this all over the news?

First, the report is on one patient – not much to go on. If indeed researchers thought there was a breakthrough and some alters could really be blind while others aren’t, it’s likely that money would have been poured into further investigations in this observation. But… like a spent balloon, it went fizzled.

 

Nervenarzt. 2007 Nov;78(11):1303-9.

Sighted and blind in one person: a case report and conclusions on the psychoneurobiology of vision

[Article in German]

Author information

  • 1Praxis für Psychotherapie, Enhuberstrasse 1, 80333 München. mail2@bruno-waldvogel.de

Abstract

We present a patient with dissociative identity disorder (DID) who after 15 years of diagnosed cortical blindness gradually regained sight during psychotherapeutic treatment. At first only a few personality states regained vision, whereas others remained blind. This was confirmed by electrophysiological measurement, in which visual evoked potentials (VEP) were absent in the blind personality states but normal and stable in the seeing states. The switch between these states could happen momentarily. As a neural basis of such psychogenic blindness, we assume a top-down modulation of activity in the primary visual pathway, possibly at the level of the thalamus or the primary visual cortex. Therefore VEPs do not allow distinction of psychogenic blindness from organic disruption of the visual pathway. In summary, psychogenic blindness seems to suppress visual information at an early neural stage.

PMID:
17611729
[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

 

 

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17611729

Research: Hypnosis and Memory: Two Hundred Years of Adventures and Still Going!

Authors

Giuliana Mazzoni1 Email for g.mazzoni@hull.ac.uk, Jean-Roch Laurence2, Michael Heap3

1Department of Psychology, University of Hull
2Department of Psychology, Concordia University
3Department of Psychology, University of Sheffield

Journal of Psychology of Consciousness: Theory , Research, and Practice

Volume 1, Number 2 / June 2014

Abstract

One of the most persistent beliefs about hypnosis is its ability to transcend mnemonic abilities. This belief has paved the way to the use of hypnosis in the clinical and legal arenas. The authors review the phenomena of hypnotic hypermnesia, pseudo-memories, and amnesia in light of current knowledge of hypnosis and memory. The investigation of the relation between hypnosis and memory processes has played an important role in our understanding of memory in action. Hypnosis provides a fertile field to explore the social, neuropsychological, and cognitive variables at play when individuals are asked to remember or to forget their past. We suggest promising avenues of research that may further our knowledge of the building blocks of memories and the mechanisms that leads to forgetfulness.

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Psychiatric Maladies, the DSM, and Self-Deception

People don’t usually set out to copy or mimic medical or psychiatric symptoms and then fake a particular illness. When they do, it is easier to understand and identify.

Women who believe they have multiple personalities do not necessarily set out to develop symptoms associated with this psychiatric malady – although that is exactly what occurs. They are not usually malingerers, or otherwise intentionally trying to deceive others. They are misled by the psychiatric industry into a belief system and a lifestyle wrought with pain and psychic distress that is in need of medical services.

The problem is the self-deceptive aspect of believing in an illness that does not exist yet is reinforced by the powerful and influential psychiatric profession, practitioners, insurance companies who pay for the treatment, and its inclusion in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (listing of psychiatric disorders) – DSM IV.

The DSM is a list of psychiatric symptoms. A disorder’s inclusion in this publication is not “proof” that it exists. The DSM was created so practitioners could list and follow psychiatric symptoms – it is not a diagnostic tool. It was not designed for that purpose, yet most do not understand the circumstances under which the DSM came into existence and mistakenly think the DSM legitimizes their illness because of its inclusion.

I am repeatedly deluged with passionate arguments from women who claim they have multiple personalities who use the DSM as “proof” that their condition is real and, therefore, that it exists. Wrong. Inclusion of MPD/DID means nothing of the sort.

Ferris Jabr eloquently addresses self-deception in his article, “Self-Fulfilling Fakery: Feigning Mental Illness Is a Form of Self-Deception.” He states that, “by pretending to be sick, people can convince themselves they really are.”

Regarding MPD,  however, I would say that by believing to have alter personalities, convinces women that they have this psychiatric condition – which leads to defending its existence.

Ferris Jabr’s full article at http://www.scientificamerican.com, July 28, 2010.

Ohio, USA: Is a Workshop in Advances Techniques in Treating Dissociative Disorders Responsible?

Dublin Counseling Center offered continuing education credits, required by mental health practitioners so they can keep licensure – referred to as continuing education credits. The objectives of this workshop are listed below.  Absent from the list is the decades long controversy surrounding the diagnosis of Dissociative Identity Disorder or the fact that the treatment has repeatedly shown that patient harm has been sustained.

If you have questions as to why Dublin Counseling Center is offering continuing education credits for such a controversial diagnosis, contact:

Questions regarding registration or logistics, contact Mary Ann Lewandowski via email at mal@syntero.org. or  614.273.2951

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Advanced Techniques in Treating Complex Trauma & Dissociative Disorders

Posted January 21, 2014

Presented by: Helen Hill, LISW-S & Cheri Kerr, PCC-S

Objectives: Participants will learn

  • Grounding/mindfulness, internal communication and internal cooperation
  • Managing problematic alter activity
  • Affect modulation, self-soothing and self care
  • Dealing with eating issues unique to this population
  • Discerning and intervening with ego state issues
  • Helping the clinician, and therefore the client, understand and intervene with the internal system

Workshop Fee: $125

Making up History: False Memories of Fake News Stories

European Journal of Psychology, Vol 8, No 2 (2012
Danielle C. Polage

Abstract

Previous research has shown that information that is repeated is more likely to be rated as true than information that has not been heard before.  The current experiment examines whether familiarity with false news stories would increase rates of truthfulness and plausibility for these events.  Further, the experiment tested whether false stories that were familiar would result in the creation of a false memory of having heard the story outside of the experiment.  Participants were exposed to false new stories, each portrayed by the investigator as true news stories.  After a five week delay, participants who had read the false experimental stories rated them as more truthful and more plausible than participants who had not been exposed to the stories.  In addition, there was evidence of the creation of false memories for the source of the news story.  Participants who had previously read about the stories were more likely to believe that they had heard the false stories from a source outside the experiment.  These results suggest that repeating false claims will not only increase their believability but may also result in source monitoring errors.

Retrieved 06/05/12.

Memory in the Courtroom

What Every Attorney Should Know

by Dr. Paul Simpson,

Forensic Psychologist

A presentation for the State Bar of Arizona, USA. May 19, 2014

Memory is a vital function supporting learning, consciousness, cognition and behavior.Yet most people have little grasp of how memory works, its real purpose, or how remembered information relates to actual past events. Most laypersons believe memory functions to provide conscious knowledge of the past. Memory researchers, however, view memory as guiding current behavior based on past experience. Conscious knowledge may be a side effect, or one means to achieve behavioral guidance, but is not the real objective of the system. From this viewpoint, forgetting and other memory “failures” illuminate normal function in the same way visual illusions reveal normal visual function.

They are not mere inefficiencies but are the infrequent down-side of powerful heuristics that guide current behavior with minimal load on working memory and attention.

Full presentation by Dr. Paul Simpson, pdf

Video Lecture, Michael Shermer: Why people believe strange things

Lecture: Michael Shermer, PhD, Why People Belive Strange Things  from the Psychology Video Collection. 2006

“Why do people see the Virgin Mary on cheese sandwiches or hear demonic lyrics in “Stairway to Heaven”? Using video, images and music, professional skeptic Michael Shermer explores these and other phenomena, including UFOs and alien sightings. He offers cognitive context: In the absence of sound science, incomplete information can combine with the power of suggestion (helping us hear those Satanic lyrics in Led Zeppelin). In fact, he says, humans tend to convince ourselves to believe: We overvalue the “hits” that support our beliefs, and discount the more numerous “misses.””

Directory: Videos About Multiple Personalities and Dissociative Identity Disorder

This is a directory of videos about multiple personalities, dissociative identity disorder, and related subjects that anyone can find on the Internet.

Some videos feature mental health professionals; some feature people who believe they have the disorder. Likewise, some videos are news broadcasts aired by major networks in the United States while others are amateur videographers.

Permission to link to professionally produced videos not obtained, therefore, only the YouTube title is provided. Readers wishing to view the films need to search YouTube by the titles provided below.

This directory is for informational purposes only. This blogger produced none of the videos listed and does not refute or support them.

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America Undercover  Multiple Personality Disorder – amazing stories – “Gretchen”  Part 1/5  by MissPressPlay  Retrieved 01-20-13.

“Gretchen” Multiple Personality Disorder – amazing stories – Part 2/5, shows 4-point physical restraint. (1992) Retrieved 10-20-13.

Course Hero.com. Title Concept 7: Multiple Personality Disorder. Features Paul McHugh, M.D. (Johns Hopkins University, USA), Richard Kluft , M.D., PhD, Hershel Walker (football legend).

DID/MPD Vlogs: Intro by Mosaix Nebula. You Tube video removed & labeled “private”

INSiDE short film Directed by Trevor Sands. You Tube Title: Inside short film.

DID/MPD Blogs: Alter Roles

Dissociative Identity Disorder: It is very real ** Caution!

HBO documentary featuring patient, Gretchen. You Tube Title: Multiple Personality Disorder – Documentary. No permission to publish, therefore, link not provided.

Oprah Show, You Tube Title: Jewish Satanic Ritual Abuse Survivor. Owner of video likely Harpo Studios. link not provided.

The Mom Series

Oprah Show 1990 featuring Trudi Chase, You Tube Title: MPD/DID With Truddi Chase. Owner of video likely Harpo Studios. link not provided.

Woman with 15 personaltiies

Full-length film. You Tube Title: Voices Within – The Lives of Truddi Chase.

My Jamie teaching MPD and DID  Retrieved 01-20-13.

I am more than D.I.D and trauma **Triggering** by WeAreSurreal  Retrieved 01-20-13.

Margo The Extraordinary – Multiple PersonalitiesFeaturning Dr. David Speigel, Retrieved 01-20-13

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Are state medical boards doing enough to protect patients?

Wisconsin state medical board faces scrutiny with few actions against doctors
January 29, 2013 | By
The Wisconsin state medical board is facing criticism that the state fails to discipline doctors who make mistakes, according to a special report by the Wisconsin State Journal.

Wisconsin has one of the lowest rates of physician discipline, with the other low discipline states being Minnesota, South Carolina, Massachusetts and Connecticut, according to Public Citizen data analyzed by the Wisconsin State Journal. Wisconsin has 1.9 actions per 1,000 physicians. …

Public Citizen has long argued the lax state medical boards allow incompetent or dangerous doctors to fly under the radar.

… the state Supreme Court ruled the medical board is supposed to protect the public, deter wrongdoing and rehabilitate doctors–not punish them.

I…the state medical board said it lacks the resources to revoke or suspend medical licenses

For more information:
– see the Wisconsin State Journal article, map data on actions and chart of reprimanded physicians

Retrieved 01-29-13  http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/story/are-state-medical-boards-doing-enough-protect-patients/2013-01-29?utm_medium=nl&utm_source=internal

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1954, Thigpen, Corbett H., Cleckley, Hervey M. “A case of multiple personalities”

Thigpen, Corbett H., Cleckley, Hervey M., A case of multiple personalities, Journal of Abnormal and Social Psychology, 1954. 135-151

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This publication preceded their book, The Three Faces of Eve that became a film produced and directed by Nunnally Johnson in 1957.

Corbett Thigpen and Hervey Cleckley were psychiatrists at the Medical College of Georgia, later Georgia Health Sciences University, Georgia, USA when they documented the life of Chris Costner Sizemore AKA Eve.

corbett-H.thigpen-and-hervey-cleckley.pdf

Secondary Trauma Issues for Psychiatrists Treating Dissociative Identity Disorder

Trauma therapists have a difficult job and I respect them for their attempts to help people suffering the fallout from the past.

In my experience, those with multiple personalities and the subsequent treatment for Dissociative Identity Disorder are needy and require attention and intervention on a constant basis. In addition to regular therapy sessions, there are often emergencies that again require the attention of a mental health care provider quickly.

The pressure on therapists to provide constant oversight of their patients must be tremendously stressful. Thankfully, most therapists who diagnose and treat Dissociative Identity Disorder have a light case load.

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PTSD, VIOLENCE, AND TRAUMA

Secondary Trauma Issues for Psychiatrists
By Joseph A. Boscarino, PhD, MPH, Richard E. Adams, PhD, and Charles R. Figley, PhD

Psychiatric Times. Vol. 27 No. 11, 2010

“Psychiatrists face growing challenges both as health practitioners and as sources of reassurance and empathy for their patients. But what if the effort to understand and help patients itself becomes a burden? The purpose of this article is to provide a brief overview of what we know about secondary trauma—frequently called compassion fatigue or vicarious trauma. …

Secondary traumatization also affects other health care professionals, including
those who work with patients with AIDS or cancer or who are involved in
critical care or hospice care. …it has been suggested that providing
therapy to patients who have experienced a traumatic event can be especially emotionally difficult.

Specifically, therapists who work with traumatized patients often show signs of psychological distress, including symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which appears to result from “vicarious” traumatization. Thus, it appears that providing psychotherapy to traumatized patients puts therapists at risk for mental health problems.”

Retrieved 21/22/11. Full PDF http://www.psychiatrictimes.com/binary_content_servlet

Happy Father’s Day to all the Men Accused of Abuse that Never Happened

Its Father’s Day and I’m thinking of all the adult-children who haven’t seen their father’s face since remembering abuse 10 – 20 – or more years after is is supposed to have happened. Memory is faulty. I hope you are not misremembering your childhood.

I’m joyful that I realized therapy was nonsense and that I can hug my father and cherish him on Father’s Day.

 

Philadelphia: Friends Hospital Cited for Patient Neglect

This occurred in 2009. Since I missed it, here it is.

According to Tom Avril of the Inquirer,

“Friends Hospital, the historic psychiatric treatment center in Northeast Philadelphia, has replaced its chief executive officer after state and city regulators accused the facility of inadequate oversight of patients, including one who committed suicide.

The officials’ concerns focused on the hospital’s “crisis response center” – the equivalent of an emergency room – where the patient committed suicide in April. Separately, Delaware County stopped referring patients to the inpatient unit at Friends because of the suicide, general security concerns, and “allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior,” a county official said.”

Full Story: Troubled Hospital

What the Belief in Dissociative Identity Disorder or Multiple Personaltiies Teaches

Learning about dissociation, multiple personalities, alter selves, inner selves or other terminology preferred is intricate but not difficult to determine or understand. I was in this type of therapy and thankfully left.

I suspect that people who get involved in DID do not think indoctrination is a huge aspect of how this therapy works and how it keeps patients/anyone entrenched in it. The word indoctrination is difficult to accept largely because it may seem to indicate that someone nefariously tried to harm another. It may not involve intention to harm, control, or manipulate yet there is an element of trying to help someone change their beliefs about their past.

Of course this therapy indoctrinates/teaches/encourages/suggests that the cause of needing to split off into alter parts is due to extreme trauma – usually childhood sexual abuse.

This is what therapy for multiple personalities and/or dissociative identity disorder teaches (indoctrinates) people to accept and believe:

-that MPD/DID survivors are highly intelligent

-they are creative

- anyone who disagrees or questions the sexual abuse believed to have been endured is wrong and is (or considered) abusive just for not agreeing with DID, denying that the abuse occurred (such as a sibling, cousin, aunt)

- those who dare to question must be eliminated from the DID persons life (usually parents)

- a therapist or support group or Internet forum/message board is used for support and validation

- leaving the family of origin because they may hinder treatment, will not confess to sexual crimes, and are considered abusers and/or pedophiles

- that alter selves hold memories of traumatic events that other alter parts have no memory of

- one must dig up and/or discover additional alter personalities to piece together the past

- having no memory of the past or large chunks of it

- loss of time indicates that something one cannot remember, usually sexual crimes, have occurred

I suspect that people in this therapy would not accept that this is indoctrination and fight to prove my statements false. Remember, I was entrenched in this therapy and believed all the statements listed above.

Secondly, thought reform – occurs as new memories replace previously held beliefs and knowledge, like thinking childhood was normal or happy, with beliefs that severe childhood sexual abuse occurred and is the underlying cause of apparent adult dissociation and inability to function.

The diagnosis of Dissociative Identity Disorder brings with it a subtle replacement of what an individual once knew about their past with an entirely rewritten biography over a period of years. Slowly, treatment erodes what one knows to be true with confabulated and reinvented memories.

When people are entrenched in the slow changing and influence of previously held beliefs they do not realize it is occurring. Nonetheless, it is and does,and will.

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Dr. Phil Exposes Deranged Psychotherapist

Deranged psychotherapist? May seem like an oxymoron – but it’s reality this time.

It’s hardly news that the Dr. Phil Show, a psychotherapy for entertainment venue taped in the United States, has at it’s core the exploitation of human tragedy for viewer consumption. Watching the dysfunction of other people can offer us a feeling of wellness and an opportunity to say: “Hey, glad that’s not me!” or “And we thought our family was bad.”

The show has it’s merits. It offers viewers information and educates the public about mental health issues. Whether or not Dr. Phil exploits patients and their families is, in my account, a question every viewer must ask and answer for themselves – while indulging in the voyeurism the television show offers.

On Friday, January 12th, 2013, the Dr. Phil show aired a program titled: Bipolar and Mentally Ill Moms. The producers slid in the Dissociative Identity Disorder/multiple personality diagnosis and lifestyle under that title. Why that decision was made is up for grabs. While I think a critique of the show is in order, it’s  a blog post left for another day. If interested in the show, keep an eye on video-clips on YouTube where full-length episodes of Dr. Phil eventually appear.

Here is the synopsis from the Dr. Phil website regarding Jenny – a mother claiming to suffer from Dissociative Identity Disorder, commonly known as multiple personalities.

“Then, Jenny is a 53-year-old mother of three who says she suffers from dissociative identity disorder, formally known as multiple personality disorder. She says she has 22 “alters,” whom she calls “parts of me.” Jenny reveals the traumatic childhood experiences that she believes caused her to take on multiple personalities. And, Jenny’s son, Robert, 30, shares what life was like growing up with Jenny. Then, Jenny’s biographer, Judy, a retired therapist who wrote Twenty-Two Faces, based on Jenny’s journals and their sessions together, joins the show to defend herself against accusations that she may be exploiting Jenny.”  Retrieved 01/12/13. http://drphil.com/shows/show/1947/

Judy, the retired psychotherapist claiming to have treated Jenny for 20 years published her patient’s biography- I refuse to offer the title (currently out of stock at Amazon).

Before I go further, I want to say “Thank you” to Jenny’s son, Robert, for appearing on the show. Robert offered facts about his mother’s life saying that the biography does not correspond with his family narrative. The Dr. Phil show offered a very important fact in this patient/therapist drama – the therapist sued Robert so she could retain lifetime rights to his mother’s story. Viewers learned that the therapist is reaping monetary gain from her patient’s life.

Moving forward:

The Dr. Phil show gave viewers the opportunity to see multiple personalities and the diagnosis of Dissociative Identity Disorder for what it is – absurd. The show highlighted how a deranged psychotherapist led her patient into a lifetime of mental illness and distress. The audience gasped and laughed at some of the therapist’s wild claims.

But for a woman and her family suffering under the direction of a psychotherapist-gone-mad, the show and biography would be laughable. Reality, however, begs compassion for a family exploited for monetary fame and gain by a psychotherapist – behavior that should be admonished by the psychiatric profession on ethical grounds. Will any psychotherapist, or psychiatric association, speak out and do so?.

I admit, I bought and read the book. I want to write an extensive book review, as Douglas Mesner, a Harvard journalist, took the time to do, but I can’t get myself to do it. This book is one of the most difficult reads I’ve mastered – because it is poorly written, disorganized, and contrived. I gave this biography my time and attention. I wrote extensive notes to myself outlining page numbers and evidence of contradictions and implausible plot twists. My notes, however, will unlikely morph into a book review. The book … will collect dust in my study.

You know what? In disgust, I can write no more.

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Retrieved 01-12-13.

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Further support of Jenny Hill and her therapist/friend/biographer Judy Byington-Weindorf

The Mom Series

Mark Schwartz, accused of malpractice, removed from Castlewood clinic staff

I have been informed that The Examiner.com who published the article below received complaints about someone the author, Mr. Mesner, named in the article below. While the complaints are without merit and Mr. Mesner followed journalistic integrity, I have redacted the name of the person and the organization cited.

If you are outraged by the actions of The Examiner pulling Mr. Mesner’s article, contact David Horan @ dhoran@examiner.com

What continues to occur from people who do not like opinions expressed on this blog and others, is that bogus complaints are levied against us threatening legal action if we do not comply with their demand to take their name(s) off our blogs.

When people write articles and form organizations they do not have a right to threaten legal action when cited properly – yet that is what happened to Mr. Mesner and me.  Authors of blogs, websites, and publications are considered “public figures” and have no right to file complaints when journalists cite their work and quote their words properly – which Mr. Mesner and I do.

There is, of course, no copyright or other infringement nonetheless these complaints pour in. I have to admit the action works and they get what they want even though people like me and Mr. Mesner publish with journalistic integrity and abide by journalist ethics.

It’s You, readers, who suffer. Journalists cannot offer you complete information and you should be outraged.

These actions are pure highjacking of freedom of information. The individual Mr. Mesner named in the article below filed a bogus lawsuit against Mr. Mesner and choose not to show in court. The point only seems to have been to silence Mr. Mesner and cause him financial harm.

Although under duress I redact the article below, I choose to take the easy route even though it impinges on my freedom of speech and your freedom of information. I am working on many projects bigger and more important and tangling with people who file bogus complaints and who encourage silencing of information must take a back-seat so I can keep focused on my work.

Below is the article published by The Examiner.com with the name of said person and the organization they operate – redacted. This action is done under duress until such time as those making bogus complaints and filing bogus lawsuits can be stopped from doing so and held accountable for their deplorable behavior.

Seems those supporting the existence of multiple personalities and Dissociative Identity Disorder hate the truth and do not want the public to know what happens behind closed doors.

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Guest re-blog     By:

May 25, 2013    www.Examiner.com

The bizarre nature of the lawsuits created a minor, short-lived sensation among the national press at the times of their filings. The first, dated November 21, 2011 — Lisa Nasseff vs. Castlewood Treatment Center, LLC. — alleged to gross malpractice suffered while undergoing “treatment” at the St. Louis eating disorders clinic. To quote directly from the suit:

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“defendant carelessly and negligently hypnotized plaintiff at a time when she was under the influence of various psychotropic medications and said hypnotic treatment directly caused or contributed to cause the creation, reinforcement, or increase in plaintiff’s mind, of false memories including the following:

a) Plaintiff suffered physical and sexual abuse;
b) Plaintiff suffered multiple rapes;
c) Plaintiff suffered satanic ritual abuse;
d) Plaintiff was caused to believe she was a member of a satanic cult and that she was involved in or perpetrated various criminal and horrific acts of abuse;
e) Plaintiff was caused to believe that she had multiple personalities at one time totaling twenty separate personalities.”

By November 09, 2012, four total lawsuits had been filed, all of a similar nature, all of which are still yet to go to trial. The allegations claim that among the false memories cultivated under the influence of Castlewood’s systematic narcosis “therapy” are disturbed, traumatizing delusions of ritual murder. No doubt, such “memories”, even when recognized as delusions, must exact a severe emotional toll, nor could the intentional cultivation of such delusions be considered anything but malpractice.

(The four lawsuits represent only some patients who now recognize their “memories” of abuse as false. Numerous families — some having started an online support network under the name of Castlewood Victims Unite — claim that they may have forever lost their daughters to false memories of Ritual Abuse that have caused them to withdraw from contact, and reason, entirely.)

But how could such delusions be cultivated in the course of treatment for eating disorders, and for what purpose? According to the allegations, it seems, the theory at Castlewood is (or was) that eating disorders signify outer manifestations of inner repressed traumas of abuse.

“Repressed”, of course, is to say that the patient does not consciously remember the traumatic event(s). Treatments based on these assumptions always seem to rely on bringing these presumed traumas out into conscious scrutiny. This, we are told, is the only way to neutralize them… the only way to end the outer symptoms these hidden traumas are believed to cause.

Is it credible to think that the co-founders of Castlewood, Mark Schwartz and his wife Lori Galperin — both internationally recognized experts in eating disorders, and both implicated in the suits — could have been reckless enough to lead vulnerable and medicated patients to cultivate absurd delusions of satanic cult abuse, or is something else going on?

In fact, wherever the idea of “repressed memories” and multiple personalities rears its ugly, debunked head, unhinged “memories” of imagined abuse are never far behind. Throughout the 80s and 90s, internationally recognized experts in trauma and dissociation (such as Richard Kluft and Colin Ross) promoted a deranged conspiracy theory of satanic cult abuse based upon accounts that had been “recovered” by their clients. Multiple investigations debunked the narrative of these accounts entirely, and it became quite clear what was really going on: an irresponsible and unscientific therapeutic practice was being employed to encourage vulnerable mental health consumers to confabulate memories of abuse — and then, in many cases, further encouraged them to insistently believe them. These confabulations, not-so-remarkably, had an enormously high probability of validating the therapist’s assumptions, regardless of how improbable those assumptions may have been.

In parallel to the satanic ritual abuse scare (now known to sociologists as the “Satanic Panic”) the exact same theories of memory retrieval brought us the mythology of alien abduction. Believing they had developed a check-list of probable symptoms of extraterrestrial contact that had subsequently been concealed from memory, “abductologists” used the same techniques employed by multiple personality specialists to draw forth elaborate narratives involving interplanetary visitors.

Interestingly, some professionals of abductology have found, in their probing explorations of their clients’ concealed “memories”, that the extraterrestrials are here to help us — they occasionally intervene in our affairs, but only on our behalf, and with unconditional benevolence and love. This contrasts heavily with narratives revealing a nefarious plot of oddly anal-centric human vivisection and exploitation. Why the discrepancy? I have personally sought out and interviewed a number of the top names in alien abduction research with this very question. In every instance, the answer has been the same: the other guys are doing the therapy wrong. They are interpreting “screen memories” improperly, or they are interpreting fear of the unknown as malice on the part of the extraterrestrials. Both sides assert that if only the other was to “dig deeper”, they would find the truth.

Incidentally, I attended a lecture, just last month, given by one Richard Schwartz, former member of Castlewood’s clinical staff, and creator of a therapy model, used at the Castlewood treatment center, called Internal Family Systems (IFS). IFS asserts that we all have multiple personalities, called “parts”, and by understanding and reconciling these parts, we may find inner peace. Some parts are destructive (suicidal, self-undermining, irrational, etc.) and it is the therapist’s job to find those parts and understand what distresses them individually.

During a Question & Answer segment of Dr. Schwartz’s presentation, I raised my hand:

Q: I worry about the distinction between getting people to recognize naturally occurring “parts” and being blamed [as a therapist] for causing people to contextualize themselves into parts to the point where you’re blamed for [creating] destructive parts. And I know there’s an eating disorders clinic that was using IFS and has lawsuits against it now. I was wondering if they could have done things differently [in their utilization of IFS therapy], or if that’s just a professional hazard?

Dick Schwartz: You know… that one’s a tough one, because what I’ve done — early in my career what I’ve done… The lawsuit’s around false memories — that whole movement’s come back some. Early in my career I had a client who went through all these cult memories. You know, I was really into it. Did some investigating, checked things out. And then, one session, we found a part that was generating all this to keep my interest because I had seen (some interest in her[?]) I’m very, very careful to never lead people toward any kind of… never presume what’s going to come out as they do their own witnessing. Even in ways — when something scary comes out — something like that — [I] say, well, we can’t really know whether this is true or not, but it is what the part needs to show so we’re going to go with it for now and later you can evaluate it, whether it’s true or not. So, it’s not just IFS, but any therapy that goes deep with people will come upon that phenomenon… and not everybody is careful in… those… realms…

Just as with alien abduction, one can always “dig deeper” in the context of IFS so as to re-narrate the entire tale. How do licensed professionals fall for this rubbish? The lecture I attended was delivered to a full-house of professional, credulous rubes in the mental health profession.

In 2009 I attended a “Ritual Abuse/Mind-Control conference” held annually in Connecticut by an organization known as XXXXXX. The conference is organized by a licensed Mental Health professional, XXXXXX, from XXXXXXXXX. A vendor booth at the conference was selling electromagnetic-beam blocking hats, and one of the speakers casually lectured us about mind-control and “demonic harmonics”, which “involves using musical tones and quantum physics to open up portals into the spiritual realms.” XXXXXX claims to have recovered memories that XXXXXX was a brainwashed assassin for the satanic cult conspiracy within the Illuminati-controlled CIA. Theories of repressed trauma are used to support the notion that if this type of lunacy can be “recalled”, so too must it all be true. (I wrote a report about this conference which XXXXXX has subsequently been attempting to litigate against on grounds of “defamation”, though, interestingly, none of the factual claims in the report are contested in the suit at all.)

The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD) hosts professional conferences where the debunked diagnosis of Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD) (now referred to in the American Psychiatric Association’s [APA] Diagnostic & Statistical Manual [DSM] as Dissociative Identity Disorder) is discussed and elaborated upon. Their last conference found a regular speaker from the annual xxxxx conferences co-delivering a lecture on “Ritual Abuse”, a slightly euphemistic term for the conspiracy theory of satanic cult abuse.

The task force chair of the 4th edition of the DSM, Dr. Allen Frances, has recently admitted to the Wall Street Journal that MPD/DID is “complete bunk”, yet the diagnosis remains in the current 5th edition, rolled-out only last week, of the revised DSM. This refusal to acknowledge the harmful realities regarding some of their imaginary disorders surely played a role in the National Institute of Mental Health’s (NIMH) decision, announced early this month, to abandon the DSM altogether, along with a statement recognizing that “patients with mental disorders deserve better.”

Indeed they do. The APA must bear responsibility for enabling the quackery endorsed by the ISSTD, who must bear some responsibility for lending any credibility to the delusional assertions of XXXXXX

…And Richard Schwartz’s IFS must bear some responsibility for the allegations against Castlewood… and Castlewood must bear responsibility for Mark Schwartz and Lori Galperin.

New evidence suggests that Castlewood is trying to distance themselves from that responsibility as much as possible. Both Mark Schwartz and Lori Galperin were recently removed entirely from the Castlewood staff shortly after depositions were taken regarding the malpractice suits. Whether they were allowed to abruptly resign, or were outright fired is unclear at this time.

If the accusations against Schwartz and his wife prove true, let us hope they never practice again… But let us also understand, the problem is far bigger than the both of them, and it is a long way from being resolved.

More on Castlewood, by journalist Ed Cara, can be read here: http://www.dysgenics.com/author/ed/

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Related topics

  • Castlewood Victims Unite (Facebook)
  • Dissociative Identity Disorder
  • eating disorder treatment
  • false memory
  • repression
  • repressed memories
  • parts therapy
  • IFS
  • Internal Family Systems
  • memory recall
  • false accusations of sexual abuse
  • Multiple Personality Disorder
  • multiple personalities
  • Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
  • DSM-5
  • International Society for the Study of Trauma & Dissociation (ISST-D)
  • False Memory Syndrome Action Network (Facebook)

Mental Health Awareness Week: Are you buying treatment based on science?

The United Kingdom based Mental Health Foundation, according to their website, “is a service improvement charity finding new ways of looking at mental health and improving the lives of people experiencing mental illness for more than sixty years. The vision is to help us all live mentally healthier lives and our mission is to help people survive, recover from and prevent mental health problems.”

The scope of what constitutes mental illness is wide. For example, depression can be environmentally based, like when a loved one dies, or depression can be biologically based, both, or neither. How long is it OK to experience depression while mourning and when is depression considered chronic and debilitating and in need of medical attention?

This year I am adding to the educational component of Mental Health Awareness Week by challenging you to investigate what type of psychotherapy you are receiving (or searching for) to find out if what you purchase is based on science or only the “clinical observations” of psychotherapists. Are you buying mental health care that has proven effective, of short duration, at an affordable price? Or is it is long, arduous, expensive, and with scant results?

Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), or multiple personalities, is a diagnosis and therapeutic intervention that has little, if any, scientific evidence proving its effectiveness. Unlike most psychiatric treatment, DID is steeped in controversy because many providers, researchers, as well as former patients and their families conclude that multiple personalities are no more than a product of the therapeutic relationship between client and therapist – or iatrogenically produced. An example of iatrogenic illness is like going to the hospital to have a broken leg fixed and leaving with a fixed leg + a chest cold. If not for the fact that you were in a hospital, you would not have developed a cold – this is an iatrogenic condition.

In my case, I had no evidence of other selves or personalities prior to treatment for depression. While in therapy, however, I developed symptoms of Dissociative Identity Disorder because my psychiatrist was considered an expert in this field, and unknowingly I embarked on lengthily and traumatic treatment that cost me and my insurance company over one million dollars, yes that’s $1,000,000 US dollars, or 726300.00 EUR, 591800.00 GBP, 1066400.00 AUD, or 1088500.00 CAD. If that doesn’t make you choke, maybe you need more information about treatment for Dissociative Identity Disorder and multiple personalities.

There is no consensus among therapists who treat multiple personalities, assumed to be based on childhood sexual abuse that is often blocked from the patient’s awareness. Treatment for Dissociative Identity Disorder is documented to be a lengthily process spanning years, decades, and often a lifetime. The expenditure of personal monies, insurance coverage, and public funds allocated for mental health treatment scantly based on science, with little or no evidence of its effectiveness, is profane and an obscene abuse of public trust.

Copyright Jeanette Bartha

 

 

 

 

Play Therapy with Multiple Personality Disorder Clients

International Journal of Play Therapy

1993  Volume 2, Issue 1, Pages 1-1

Klein, Jeffrey Wm.; Landreth, Garry L.

The use of play therapy with child alters of adults who have multiple personality disorders is explored.
Various approaches to play therapy that are used with children may also be effectively used with child alters.
Play may be used to help sublimate expressions of anger, recover dissociated memories, and increase communication and cooperation among alter personalities.
Play therapy offers distinct advantages when working with child alters, and the play room allows for special techniques that can be used with all alters in the personality system.

Crime and Courts: Rethinking the ‘false memory’ controversy by Steven Elbow | The Capital Times

The article below, penned by Steven Elbow of The Capitol Times, Madison, Wisconsin, is one of the most faulty articles I’ve read. The misquotes, misinformation, and simply wrong information in this publication is astounding. Some of the facts Mr. Elbow got wrong could have easily been published correctly had he conducted a simple Google search that would have led him to the False Memory Syndrome Foundation (FMSF) website; a search most 13-year old students know how to conduct.

I am not a spokesperson for the FMSF; I am not, nor have I ever been, a member. I’m posting this article because I abhor misinformation posing as fact.

Mr. Elbow, in his own words did research (and I use that word loosely) “to cobble together a quick and interesting story”. However, he not to tell his readers that facts would be lacking.

I contacted Dr. Pamela Freyd at the False Memory Syndrome Foundation to inform her of Mr. Elbow’s sloppy reporting and the quotes used out of context to fit his agenda against the Foundation and its distinguished advisory board. Dr. Freyd told me she spent an hour on the phone with Mr. Elbow during his investigative research for this article.

Evidently, he wasn’t listening to Dr. Freyd.

For accurate information about the False Memory Syndrome Foundation, please visit their website @  fmsfonline.org or call Dr. Pamela Freyd, Executive Director, at USA 215-940-1040.

This is a long article. Below are only pertinent excerpts illustrating the misinformation published:

Crime and Courts: Rethinking the ‘false memory’ controversy

STEVEN ELBOW | The Capital Times | selbow@madison.com | Posted: Sunday, April 17, 2011 1:45 pm

“In December I wrote a story about a case in Dane County Circuit Court in which the parents of a woman sued their daughter’s therapists for psychotherapy treatment they said prompted false memories of sexual abuse by the father.

The case was being closely watched by the False Memory Syndrome Foundation, a group founded in 1992 to advocate for parents who were wrongly accused.”

…A Wisconsin member of the foundation gave me a call to tip me off to the case, then put me in contact with executive director Pamela Freyd, who offered compelling quotes and easy research for a reporter trying to cobble together a quick and interesting story. It never occurred to me that I was dealing with a highly organized public relations machine until a victim and a sexual assault advocate emailed me with their concerns.”

Mr. Elbow then uses anecdotes from a victim of child sexual abuse, “Beth” who claims her memories just came to her one day at the age of 37 – she also claims to have a confession from her brother regarding the abuse. “Beth” goes on to say: “It appeared that because some women recanted their story, we should believe that recovering memories of childhood sexual abuse as adults is not something that happens.”

Mr. Elbow states that the FMSF “…rejects the idea of trauma-induced amnesia, often called repressed memories, the notion that long-forgotten incidents of abuse can be later recollected by adults. …

…The phenomenon that people think of as repressed memories can be explained by ordinary memory processes,” says Freyd, a psychiatrist. “It doesn’t take some kind of special mechanism to explain them. It doesn’t mean that the memory was repressed. …

Beth and many others maintain that perpetrators will go to any lengths to deny the allegations against them. And they believe the False Memory Syndrome Foundation provides offenders with the means to refute the allegations against them.

…Freyd says she has no way of knowing if any of the tens of thousands of parents who have contacted the foundation are perpetrators.”

“We don’t know the truth or falsity of what happened in people’s families,” she says. “The only thing that we can do is provide people with information. We can put them in touch with other families, if that’s what they want. We can help them find therapists, if that’s what they want. We can help them find attorneys, if that’s what they want.”

“The foundation does more than that, sometimes providing expert witnesses in court cases to discredit accusers. …

In an even more embarrassing incident, Ralph Underwager, a psychologist and minister who helped found the group and who became a prominent expert witness in cases involving accused parents, gave an interview to a Dutch pro-pedophilia magazine that sank his career….

…Freyd and her husband, Peter Freyd, also a psychologist, founded the False Memory Syndrome Foundation after their daughter, Jennifer Freyd, accused Peter of sexually abusing her during her teen years. Memories of the abuse surfaced in the course of psychotherapy treatment.

Jennifer Freyd has never recanted her accusations, and has become a well-respected memory researcher in her own right at the University of Oregon. …

…”Pamela Freyd says it may be time to declare the mission accomplished. A long string of court cases has practically stamped out controversial therapies for memory retrieval. And court cases concerning repressed memories that have been teased out through therapy are now rare.”

Mr. Elbow goes on to report on detail a recent case in Wisconsin where the parents of an adult-child in therapy sued the therapist for encouraging false information of sexual abuse to be remembered.

“What is the impact of mental health records being used against a patient’s will?” asks Kelly Anderson, executive director of the Dane County Rape Crisis Center.

She says the release of protected mental health records could set a dangerous precedent.”

…”Freyd says the number of cases of false memories has fallen precipitously as litigation has changed psychiatric practices.

Retrieved again on 4/28/11.

About Steve Elbow

Steve Elbow

Steven Elbow has covered police and court issues for more than a decade in Wisconsin. He joined The Capital Times in 2000, where he has covered city, county and state government in addition to law enforcement. He has also worked for the Portage Daily Register and has written for the Isthmus weekly newspaper in Madison. Retrieved from The Cap Times, published 9/1/09.

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Brief reality Check: Elementary My Dear Watson.

Pamela Fryed, PhD holds a degree in Education – she is NOT a psychiatrist (someone who holds a medical degree) as Mr. Elbow states

Peter Freyd, PhD holds a degree in mathematics – he is NOT a psychologist, as Mr. Elbow states.

Mr. Elbow may have written a quick and interesting story and in so doing failed miserably in writing a piece with journalistic integrity. He chose not to present factual statements and took information out of context as many do whose actual agenda is to discredit.

This type of sloppy reporting is shameful to investigative journalism and to the Capitol Times who published it. Perhaps Mr. Elbow would be interested in writing another article that he could pack with facts and with a slant towards the truth in this controversy that rips apart many families?

Mr. Elbow could have done a lot to bring polarized opinions in this matter towards understanding through information – instead he took the lazy way out and did nothing more than meet his deadline and entertain a few people for a few minutes with his “quick and interesting” story.

 

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