Halloween, Big Business for Therapists Treating Dissociative Identity Disorder & Ritual Abuse

October 31st, Halloween. A time to cash in on patient angst is Big Business for psychotherapists, drug companies and hospitals as I will explain in this post. What you will read below is not my academic conclusions or my distorted and naive understanding of what occurs for patients who believe they have multiple personalities due to being ritually tortured as a child. Instead, you will read about what I experienced while a patient. My psychiatrist convinced me that I was ritually abused as a child. In short, I’ve been there – done that. This is what I and other patients I knew experienced during the Halloween holidays – every year.

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The Guibourg Mass by Henry de Malvost, in the book Le Satanisme et la Magie by Jules Bois, Paris, 1903. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Psychotherapists treating women for multiple personalities after diagnosing them with Dissociative Identity Disorder is shameful because their patients routinely regress into a heap of emotions and new memories of child abuse that may also include ritual abuse and on the far extreme, satanic ritual abuse. Therapists entrenched in this psychological treatment usually do not find it their responsibility to question their patient’s memories or to assist their patients in verifying their recall no matter how outrageous and implausible the alleged ritual abuse remembered may be.

Instead, these particular therapists support and encourage more and more memories of ritualized child abuse that may include satanic worship and torture. What occurs in the lives of these patients, usually exhausted and worn down from years of therapy sessions, is intense fear and hyperviligence. Due to constant reinforcement for alleged ritual abuse during psychotherapy and in Internet chat forms, they constantly look over their shoulder believing their alleged persecutors are coming for them. These women are convinced their abusers are planning to abduct them and/or cause them to return to the ritual cult to continue the torture by sending a pre-determined message to commit suicide via an encoded telephone message, for example, because they dared to tell secrets held by the cult they remember being forced to participate in as children.

Most of these ritual and satanic memories of torture, murder, rape, and consuming human body parts are bogus but again, therapists do not care, find it necessary, or their responsibility to find the truth behind these absurd memories born during psychological treatment or other influential sources like self-help books and Internet forums full of like-minded individuals. I am not naive enough to think that ritualized abuse does not happen but take a look at how these particular memories and then look at the content. What you will likely find is that memories were born in therapy or in an environment that encourages and supports widespread ritualized torture of children are more than absurd.

No need to take my word for it. Do a simple Google search using terms like:

  • dissociative identity disorder blogs or websites
  • multiple personality disorder blogs or websites
  • childhood ritual abuse memories
  • therapists who treat satanic ritual abuse

Or, if you would like more information check yahoo groups. There, you will find hundreds of groups who pander to these types of memories and alleged ritualized and satanic behaviors.

Halloween is big, big business for psychotherapists who treat patients in an environment that supports and encourages digging for memories of satanic and other ritualized childhood abuse that, upon close examination, are often implausible and too outrageous to have actually occurred.

Does the implausible nature of patient recall deter these therapists from continuing to encourage these questionable and outrageous memories? No. It’s big business, job security, and a hefty paycheck usually cut from an insurance company unaware of what is actually occurring behind the closed doors of therapy largely because these therapists use other diagnostic categories to bill insurance reimbursement such as Borderline Personality Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, anxiety disorders, and eating disorders among others. Insurance companies are unlikely to reimburse treatment for satanic ritual abuse if a therapist was honest about what they are treating behind closed doors. Is fudging medical records for reimbursement illegal? You bet. Fraudulent data supplied to insurance companies for a paycheck illegal? You bet. Does that deter therapists from doing it? No.

The Halloween season is believed to be the most dangerous time of year for patients allegedly ritually abused as children because it is inherently chock full of celebrations – again it’s a huge payday for therapists. Patients being treated for ritual and/or satanic abuse are in a heightened state of anxiety that is often so crippling they are unable to function on a day to day basis. When these patients are parents, their children are impacted as they too experience a parent in a state of unrest, chaos, and unrelenting fear. Watching a parent disintegrate must be terrifying for a child.

So, what actually occurs in the lives of the psychotherapist? Overtime. Overtime. Overtime. Booking double sessions and/or additional weekly or daily sessions to support their patients through the terrifying Halloween season become the norm and are planned for year after year after year.

What actually occurs for Big Pharma? Sales. Sales. Sales. As the anxiety levels and suicidal thinking and/or attempts begin to unfold, more psychiatric drugs are prescribed. Anxiety meds, sleeping meds, antipsychotic meds – anything that will quell the fear and anxiety of those believing they will be abducted and returned to a cult to be sacrificed or otherwise tortured. Anyone under these conditions would cry out for help to get through a day while awaiting the inevitable October 31st — Halloween.

What actually occurs for Hospitals and psychiatric units? They fill up with patients believing one or more of their alter personalities have been ritually tortured as a child and are terrified their alleged abductors are after them. Hospitals and therapist offices are safe havens. Hospital beds fill up as do emergency rooms ill equipped to understand or cope with this type of patient.

Halloween. Autumn. Big business for psychotherapists.

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Dr. Elizabeth Loftus: The Fiction of Memory

In less than 18 minutes, listen to Dr. Loftus explain how memory is easily manipulated.

The producer of this lecture, TED, “is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. TED conferences bring together the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes or less). For Free!

Watch video Loftus: The fiction of memory

According to TED, Elizabeth Loftus altered the course of legal history by revealing that memory is not only unreliable, but also mutable. Since the 1970s, Loftus has created an impressive body of scholarly work and has appeared as an expert witness in hundreds of courtrooms, bolstering the cases of defendants facing criminal charges based on eyewitness testimony, and debunking “recovered memory” theories popular at the time, as in her book The Myth of Repressed Memory: False Memories and Allegations of Sexual Abuse (with Katherine Ketcham).

Since then, Loftus has dedicated herself to discovering how false memories can affect our daily lives, leading her to surprising therapeutic applications for memory modification — including controlling obesity by implanting patients with preferences for healthy foods.”

Los Angeles, California, U.S.A: Psychologist, Nirbhay Singh, accused of Jepordizing mental health cpare

Los Angeles, CA, USA June 17, 2012

Nirbhay Singh, a psychologist and consultant who, according to the LA Times, “led the troubled effort to overhaul California’s public” has recently  raised “concerns about cronyism and the quality of his work” which directly impacts the quality of patient care and general welfare.

Following allegations, Singh abruptly resigned from his California job on the west coast of the U.S. after violence in the hospitals continued and it was exposed that contracts were repeated awarded to Singh’s friends and family.

This investigation focuses on documentation in question as he obtained additional contracts to work on the Federal level in the states of Connecticut in North East USA, Washington, D.C. the capital of the U.S. and the state of Georgia on the southern coast of eastern U.S.

Singh maintains that under his direction patient care improved, but did it? or is he making claims to keep himself from further investigation and possible prosecution?

The Los Angeles Times claims: “consultants.. have built lucrative careers offering expertise on all sides of the reform process. In their revolving roles as federal experts, state advisers and independent monitors, they are able to recommend one another or evaluate each others work — sometimes with the direct approval of Justice Department lawyers. The department has no conflict-of-interest policy governing such consultants.

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Reporters at the LA Times: By Lee Romney and John Hoeffel,

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Should People with Multiple Personalities or Dissociative Identity Disorder Be Parents?

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Aside from Internet forums, there is not much published about children raised by mothers with multiple personalities or dissociative identity disorder. Fortunately, someone who calls herself “V” comes to this blog and shares her childhood with a mother who was in treatment for multiple personalities. I am most grateful to her and the wealth of information, insight, and passion she brings.

I remember the total chaos I experienced after being diagnosed with multiple personalities and spending many months and years in a psychiatric hospital trying to remember abuse that I subsequently found did not happen.

I endured daily therapy sessions, spoke to my psychiatrist 7 days a week, was fed a plethora of  psychotropic drugs that made it impossible to think. Most days I needed help to care for myself, to do laundry, feed myself, and in worse times I was unable to get out of bed or even walk.

In addition to psychotherapy, I attended group therapy, art  therapy, and movement therapy – referred to as adjunctive therapies that offer patients other means of expressing themselves without the pressure of actually being verbal. I went from having a career and a good paying job – to unemployment. Zero income, destitute. But for being in a mental hospital where I had a warm bed and three meals a day, I would have had to live on the streets while in therapy.

The constant search for and reliving newly acquired memories consumed all my energy and attention every day – all day. The intensity of thinking I was abused made it impossible to function. What if I had a child? What if I had two or three little ones depending on me to interpret life for them and to make home a safe place? Who would have prepared meals for them, helped with homework, or attended athletic events?

Their other parent, if I could have maintained a relationship, would also have been immersed and consumed by my therapy. No way around it, that’s how multiple personality therapy AKA Dissociative Identity Disorder treatment works. All focus is on the multiple (patient) and their needs. My spouse would have had to work all day and take care of a disabled spouse & children.

Being in treatment for DID/multiple personalities, a condition that actually doesn’t exist, would have been extremely harmful to my children. My needs would have made it impossible for my children to know me, to trust me, and to have a mother they could depend upon all the time. My spouse may have fallen by the wayside except for the income and insurance coverage they would hopefully have provided.

Most dysfunctional mothers immersed in DID therapy – display child personalities and other types of entities on a regular basis – they have debilitating flashbacks and PTSD and overwhelming anxiety. This is not a stable force in a child’s life. A mother in constant psychic pain cannot provide a safe and secure environment for a developing and vulnerable child. I wonder how mothers with multiple personalities are able to slide under the radar of child protect services. Any other parent with an inability to be attentive or to provide a stable home can easily be scrutinized – but multiples escape this fact of life. Why? How?

From a child’s perspective, imagine coming home from school and not knowing which personality state or alter your mother would be? Imagine not knowing who would welcome you. Imagine the worry increasing as you walked home hoping a personality that you did not like, or whom you feared, would be facing you as the front door opened. Imagine coming home to a mother curled under the covers hugging a teddy bear and sucking her thumb while watching your favorite cartoon video? Or a mother drunk on a daily cocktail of psychotropic drugs? What is the difference between this mother and one who is addicted to heroin? I contend that there is no difference. Both mothers are quite capable of loving their children – yet neither is capable of caring for them properly.

In homes with a mother believing she has multiple personalities, it is common for the child to take on the role of parent or caregiver. Again, a DID parent (usually the mother) is not unlike an alcoholic or one addicted to drugs. They are physically there, but emotionally absent. The child tries desperately to normalize the home, but is unable to do so. The child tries to make sense of their mother acting like a little child and chattering in a little child’s voice, but no matter how that little one tries, they are unable to understand.

Often children take on the burden of their mother’s problems feeling as if they are the cause – just as children do in homes with an abusive family situation or one where illicit drugs are used. A mother with multiple personalities does not have to strike their son or daughter to do repeated and relentless psychic harm.

In Internet forums, women with multiple personalities complain endlessly about their abusive childhood, yet they are incapable of recognizing that they are perpetuating the abuse to their own children – another generation. Perhaps the abuse is not the same, but the long-term effects of an unstable parent and home filled with unpredictability and stress every day is similar.

Women who began therapy to search for memories of childhood sexual abuse in the 1980s-1990s are now somewhere between 50-65 years of age. That makes some of them grandparents. They have not only raised generation-2 under the cloud of Dissociative Identity Disorder, but greatly influenced generation-3 (their grandchildren) who are also left to cope with inadequate parenting.

Where does the chain of generations effected by multiple personalities end? – when the American Psychiatric Association fesses up to making the biggest blunder in the history of psychiatric medicine?

How many generations will women diagnosed with multiple personalities influence? Since there appears to be no end to the belief in multiple personalities, and therapy for Dissociative Identity Disorder, the number of parents sucked into it will continue albeit under the radar and in underground, secret societies.

Generations of children forced to cope with this psychiatric debacle by psychotherapists is likely to be many.

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Therapists & Sexual Attraction to Clients

Remember, psychotherapists are people too. The relationship between client & therapists is not meant to be warm and fuzzy. Think you are attracted to your therapist? Maybe it’s mutual.

When therapists have the hots for their clients

Martin, C., Godfrey, M., Meekums, B., and Madill, A. (2011). Managing boundaries under pressure: A qualitative study of therapists’ experiences of sexual attraction in therapy. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 11 (4), 248-256

DOI: 10.1080/14733145.2010.519045

Clients go to psychotherapy seeking a mind massage, but all too often things turn physical. Cases of inappropriate sexual contact in psychotherapy average around 10 per cent prevalence, and a 2006 survey of hundreds of psychotherapists found that nearly 90 per cent reported having been sexually attracted to a client on at least one occasion. It’s an issue dramatised artfully in the HBO series In Treatment, which follows the life and work of psychotherapist Dr Paul Weston.

The therapists were generally of the view that sexual attraction to clients was normal and not necessarily harmful. However, views differed on exactly where the boundaries should lie. For example, some therapists condoned fantasising about clients whereas others did not.

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Germany: Wie eine falsche Erinnerung fast eine Familie zerstörte. A wrong memory nearly destroyed a family

This documentary will air on German public television, on WDR, on Thursday October 9. I do not speak German; please excuse my rough translation. I relied on http://translate.reference.com for the English translation.

Abuse That Never was: A wrong memory nearly destroyed a family

Editorship: Britta Windhoff

Autorin: Phillis Fermer

“Wir haben gedacht, die Welt bleibt stehen. Ich habe laut geweint und gerufen: Herr unsere Kinder. Das kann man doch nicht verstehen. Es war doch nie was vorgefallen.“ Die alte Dame sitzt neben ihrem Mann im Wohnzimmer und kann heute – 20 Jahre danach – noch nicht fassen, was damals passierte. Ihr Ehemann kann seit dem Geschehenen kaum noch sprechen. Denn das Unvorstellbare ist passiert: Drei ihrer vier Kinder haben sich von ihnen losgesagt, schlimmer noch, sie haben sie vor Gericht gezerrt. Weil die Kinder meinten, sich an sexuellen Missbrauch zu erinnern. In ihrer Kindheit. Durch den eigenen Vater. Und die Mutter habe zugeschaut.”

Wie funktionieren falsche Erinnerungen?

Professorin Renate Volbert von der Berliner Charite ist Psychologin. Ihr Spezialgebiet sind Erinnerungen. Und sie weiß, dass das Gehirn durchaus in der Lage ist, sich an Dinge zu erinnern, die in Wahrheit nie statt gefunden haben. Wenn bestimmte Vorstellungen und Bilder immer wieder aufgerufen und dann mit eigenen, realen Erinnerungen und Erlebnissen kombiniert werden, kann es irgendwann zu vermeintlichen Erinnerungen kommen, sogenannte Pseudoerinnerungen. Diese Pseudoerinnerungen haben mit tatsächlichem sexuellen Missbrauch nicht das geringste zu tun. Prof. Volberts Aufgabe ist es, Strategien zu entwickeln, das eine vom anderen zu unterscheiden.

Rough English Translation using: http://www.translate.reference.com

“We thought, the world stop. I cried loud and called: our children. One cannot understand that nevertheless. It nevertheless never happened. The old lady sits beside her man in the living room and can not seize today – 20 years after – yet, which happened at that time.”

“How do wrong memories function? Professor Renate Volbert of the citizens of Berlin Charite is a psychologist. Their special field are memories. And it knows that the brain quite is able, to remember things which never found in truth instead of.”

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What purple glass? Memory and the expert effect

Originally posted on counselorssoapbox:

By David Joel Miller

The thing may be right in front of you and still you can’t see it.

The tale of the collectible purple glass

memory

remembering purple glass

For a brief period I dabbled in antiques and collectibles  The goal here was to make some money of buying and selling these things as I traveled about. The truth be told most things sold in antiques stores these days are far from old and many are not all that collectible.

From time to time a friend of mine and I would wander through the antique stores and see what they had, what they were charging for things and then hope that we might find things worth buying and reselling.

If you intend to make a buck off an activity it helps to know what you are doing and in retrospect neither of us knew nearly enough to make anything off the effort but at the time…

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Psychological Treatments That Cause Harm, by Scott O. Lilienfeld, Ph.D.

Emory University, Georgia, USA

Association for Psychological Science, 2007. Vol.2, No. 1, pg. 53-70.

Abstract (link to free pdf file at bottom)

The phrase primum non nocere (“first, do no harm”) is a well-accepted credo of the medical and mental health professions. Although emerging data indicate that several psychological treatments may produce harm in significant numbers of individuals, psychologists have until recently paid little attention to the problem of hazardous treatments. I critically evaluate and update earlier conclusions regarding deterioration effects in psychotherapy, outline methodological obstacles standing in the way of identifying potentially harmful therapies (PHTs), provide a provisional list of PHTs, discuss the implications of PHTs for clinical science and practice, and delineate fruitful areas for further research on PHTs. A heightened emphasis on PHTs should narrow the scientist-practitioner gap and safeguard mental health consumers against harm. Moreover, the literature on PHTs may provide insight into underlying mechanisms of change that cut across many domains of psychotherapy. The field of psychology should prioritize its efforts toward identifying PHTs and place greater emphasis on potentially dangerous than on empirically supported therapies.

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Dr. Lilienfeld’s article addresses:

I. The Efficacy of Psychotherapy

  • Empirically Supported Therapies
  • The Dodo Bird Effect
  • Reasons Why Harmful Treatments Are Important

II.Harmful Effects in Psychotherapy: Earlier Conclusions

  • Deterioration Effects
  • Negative Effect Sizes in Meta-Analyses

III. Identifying Potentially Harmful Therapies (PTHS): Methodological Issues

  • Increases in Variance
  • Differences Across Symptom Domains
  • Multiple Forms of Harm
  • Harm to Relatives or Friends
  • Short-Term Versus Long-Term Deterioration
  • Client Drop-Out
  • Independent Replication
  • Strength of Evidence
  • Identifying and Operationalizing Potentially Harmful Therapies

TABLE 1
Provisional List of Potentially Harmful Therapies

IV. A Provisional List of Potentially Harmful Therapies

Level I: Treatments That Probably Produce Harm in Some
Individuals

Level II: Treatments That Possibly Produce Harm in Some
Individuals

  • Peer-Group Interventions for Conduct Disorder
  • Relaxation Treatments for Panic-Prone Patients

V. Implications of Research on Potentially Harmful Therapies

  • Is the Dodo Bird Extinct?
  • Potentially Harmful Therapies Should Come Before Empirically Supported Therapies

VI. Future Research Directions

  • Prevalence of Potentially Harmful Therapies
  • Therapist Variables
  • Client Variables
  • Mediators

V. Concluding Thoughts

VI. References

Free, full pdf file Lilienfeld-Psychological-Treatments-That-Cause-Harm.pdf

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On the incidence of multiple personality disorder: A brief communication (by the early therapists for “Eve”) 1984

According to two of the psychiatrists who treated Chris Sizemore (The Three Faces of Eve), they found only one (1) case that fit the diagnosis of multiple personality disorder until this article was published in 1984.

Given this analysis of the medical literature it seems there was a huge explosion of misdiagnosed patients after 1984. Why is this information tucked in old medical journals? Because it would not serve the needs and wishes of some contemporary theorists and psychotherapists – and patients who desperately want to fit into what they perceive as a romantic and highly- intellectualized diagnostic category.

Chris Sizemore was an interesting clinical case study for her first two psychiatrists, Corbett H. Thigpen & Hervey M. Cleckley, but mundane in comparison to the multiple personalities displayed by Shirley Mason AKA Sybil, years later.

Sizemore, the earlier face of multiple personalities, claimed that successive tragedies she merely witnessed as a three-year-old caused her personality fragmentation. She did not claim to have been sexually abused during childhood.

Why then, do nearly 99% of people diagnosed with multiple personalities or dissociative identity disorder claim to have survived childhood sexual abuse? Where are the people like Chris Sizemore who have multiple personalities due to other reasons? Are other non-sexually abused cases of multiple personalities going unreported other that Hershel Walker, famed football player? Perhaps they simply vanished or didn’t exist in the first place.

If we look at Shirley Mason and the character of “Sybil” that grew from her therapist, Cornelia Wilbur’s, imagination and clinical observations, Chris Sizemore’s life played out in The Three Faces of Eve pales in comparison. In comparing these two cases, it must be remembered that both women behind the flamboyant theatrical characters had other therapists who treated them. Withholding this information to the pubic only serves to perpetuate the mystery and entertainment value behind these iconic folk legends. If it was widely known that these women had other doctors on their treatment teams who disagreed with the multiple personality diagnosis, and stated so, would it have made as much money at the box office? Note too, that the therapists of Chris Sizemore banked the money, not Chris.

Read the summary of the article below written by Chris Sizemore/Eve’s first two therapists who were responsible for the diagnosis of multiple personality disorder. And let’s not forget that it was they who led their patient to Hollywood and reaped the financial rewards – not their patient. Read their own words, not mine or anyone else’s. Find out for yourself and reach your own conclusions.

In hindsight, this is a profound warning to the psychiatry industry who chose to ignore warnings of impending disaster to their profession as the diagnosis of multiple personalities and Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) proliferated and continues to do so.

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International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis

Volume 32, Issue 2, 1984

On the incidence of multiple personality disorder: A brief communication

Corbett H. Thigpen & Hervey M. Cleckley
pages 63-66

Available online: 31 Jan 2008

Abstract

Abstraet: Since reporting a case of multiple personality (Eve) over 25 years ago, we have seen many patients who were thought by others or themselves to have the disorder, but we have found only 1 case that fit the diagnosis. The other cases manifested either pseudo- or quasidissociative symptoms related to dissatisfaction with self-identity or hysterical acting out for secondary gain. One particular form of secondary gain, namely, avoiding responsibility for certain actions, was evident in a recent legal case where the person was diagnosed as having the disorder and successfully pled not guilty by reason of insanity. We urge that a diagnosis of multiple personality not be used in such a manner and recommend that therapists consider the hysterical basis of the symptoms, as well as the adaptive dynamics of personality before diagnosing someone as having the disorder. (type face by blogger) If such factors are considered, the incidence of the disorder will be found to be far less than the “epidemic” recently claimed.

Retrieved 7/24/11.

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Is it Time to End Anonymous (and Abusive) Postings on the Internet?

 

My interest in the article below is because of horrific comments left here by readers who do not share my point of view or opinions. These commentators were vile and threatening to my personal safety so I was forced to open files with both my local law enforcement authorities and the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States.

There is a growing trend towards civil discourse on the Internet.  Medscape, Medscape Connect, Psychiatric Times, and other websites and news venues have instituted the ban on anonymous comments and I’ve unwillingly followed suit. My desire to allow free speech on this blog was squashed as people who identified themselves as survivors of childhood sexual abuse ramped up in the comments section  and used this blog for what I determined was hate speech.

These redaction measures will curb the actions of those who hide behind anonymity to threaten and defame others. Tolerating such behavior has ended on this blog. I’m saddened because I prefer free speech, but when my blog became a forum for hate speech, I had decisions to make and I reluctantly choose to leave comments, but to redact them. I think it’s important to leave the redacted comments, however, so readers get a true sense of how people behave when faced with opinions that differ from their personal and world view.

Below are excerpts from a pertinent article:

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Is it Time to End Anonymous (and Abusive) Postings on the Internet?

[Note: This article first appeared in a slightly longer form on the Medscape Psychiatry website as Internet Abuse: Time to End Anonymous Postings? The author wishes to thank Bret Stetka, MD, for graciously permitting this posting.]

By Ronald W. Pies, MD | August 16, 2012
…I’m far from alone in perceiving that rudeness has flourished apace in recent years. In a blog (6/15/12) titled, “Dearth of Civility in the Public Square,” commentator Gwen I fill described an online survey by Weber Shandwick and Powell Tate. Sixty-three percent of the 1,000 people surveyed said America has an incivility problem, and 72% believe things have gotten worse in the last few years….Finally, there is the matter of the Internet—that double-edged sword that may be wielded against a brutal dictator, or aimed brutally against a lonely, marginalized classmate. As a psychiatrist who posts blogs on several websites, I have been appalled by the level of anonymous invective on many poorly monitored sites. …People who are able to post anonymously (or pseudonymously) are far more likely to say awful things, sometimes with awful consequences…The abuse extends to hate-filled and inflammatory comments appended to the online versions of newspaper articles — comments that hijack legitimate discussions …and discourage people from participating.In my view, anonymous “flaming” on the Internet is both a symptom and a cause: it is a symptom of a society in which, all too often, “anything goes”; and a contributing cause of further abusive behavior. Declining levels of civility in our culture have encouraged anonymous, “drive by” postings on the Internet; but these postings, in turn, encourage further abusive remarks, in a vicious cycle of reinforcement. Alas, physicians are far from immune to this contagion of incivility, and too often contribute to it.

…For the abusers, maintaining anonymity is merely an excuse to unleash a barrage of insulting or hateful language—cost-free! —it is also cowardly….I am urging that our exchanges be marked by basic respect and civility—and by a willingness to take personal responsibility for what we say and how we say it….

Retrieved 09/03/12  Psychiatric Times blog

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Misdirected War on Drugs: What about psychiatric drugs?

 

It’s not headline news that Big Pharmaceutical drug manufactures hire brilliant scientists to engineer new bullet drugs to immediately address new psychiatric diagnoses.

Below is an article addressing Big Pharma who manufactures the drugs, and the middle-men/women known as doctors who push the drugs on patients – sometimes receiving monetary kick-backs for doing so.

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Fighting the Wrong War on Drugs

By Allen Frances, MD | August 29, 2012
Excerpts:

…That other drug war, which we couldn’t possibly lose, is against the excessive use of legal drugs that is promoted by our own pharmaceutical companies. Astounding fact: prescription drugs are now responsible for more accidental overdoses and deaths than street drugs.

Polypharmacy is rampant and uncontrolled with military personnel, the elderly, and children particularly vulnerable to its risks. ..Doctors, drug companies, patients, politicians, and our fragmented health care system are all to blame. … Big Pharma. ..has hijacked the practice of medicine, using its enormous profits to unduly influence physicians, physician groups, academics, consumer advocacy groups, the Internet, the press, and the government.

The result: a ridiculously high proportion of people have come to rely on antidepressants, antipsychotics, antianxiety agents, sleeping pills, and pain meds. Psychiatric meds ..—over $16 billion for antipsychotics; almost $12 billion on antidepressants, and more than $7 billion for ADHD drugs. …The government has unwittingly aided and abetted Pharma. The cash-strapped FDA is beholden to industry for funding.
Dr. Frances offers the following actions we can take:

(1) Sharply restrict drug company marketing and lobbying.

(2) Make the punishments for marketing malfeasance much more of a deterrent to underhanded drug pushing.

(3) Develop a computerized real-time national system to identify and prevent polypharmacy.

4) Closely monitor the prescribing habits of doctors to correct or eject the “Dr. Feelgoods.”

(5) …prevent [medical personnel] from accepting drug company funding….It makes no sense to have the FDA funded by drug companies.

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English: Pharmaprix Drugstore in Quebec Français : Pharmacie Pharmaprix au Québec (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Who pays for the high price of Big Pharms run a muck… you got it, patients & their caretakers who are usually family or government programs.

Patients are not to be used as guinea pigs and should not be the source of income for executives at pharmaceutical companies, drug scientists AKA chemical engineers, medical doctors, psychiatrists and others who care for and treat people with mental health care issues.
Time to address the insanity.
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Ivory Garden DID: Conference on Dissociative Identity Disorder & multiple personalities

Trauma & Dissociation Conference

Seattle, Washington, USA  | October 3-5, 2014

Ivory Garden Dissociative Identity Disorder (IG or Ivory Garden) is an online forum for survivors of child abuse, and other trauma that has been in operation for over 6 years and has over 1600 members. Most members of IG define themselves as multiple. Some members are formally diagnosed and in treatment for Dissociative Identity Disorder, or multiple personalities while others are newly diagnosed, self-diagnosed, or showing symptoms of multiple personalities according to self-reports.

Currently, the forum is owned by Pat Goodwin who uses the screen names, “Felicity” or “Felicity Lee”. Felicity and her board of administrators and forum moderators oversee the day to day operation of the group and forums for conversations, chat rooms, and educational videos.

Speakers scheduled to address attendees include, in alphabetical order:

SUSAN PEASE BANITT, LCSW, RYT. (Licensed Clinical Social Worker). Ms. Banitt is a psychotherapist, author, an considered an expert in traumatic states and alternative healing modalities according to Ivory Garden administrators.

LAURA S. BROWN, Ph.D, (USA, Doctor of Philosophy). Dr. Brown is a psychotherapist, author on feminist therapy, and the founder and Director of the Fremont Community Therapy Project in Seattle, Washington, USA.

DAVID L. CALOF. No credentials listed. Mr. Calof is a psychotherapist, author, and author.

LYNN CROOK, M.Ed. (USA, Master’s of Education). Ms. Crook is a former-psychotherapist, a former-patient of repressed memory, survivor, and writer.

CAREN DILMAN, LMFT. (USA, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. No information available.

ELLIE FIELDS, LPC, LIMHP, CPC. Ms. Fields is a member of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD), the premier organization focused on multiple personalities, dissociation, and other trauma. She uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy,(CBT), Ego State Therapy, EMDR, Hypnosis, Thought Field Therapy, Somatic Psychotherapy and Energy/Reiki work.

JOAN C. GOLSTON, DCSW, LICSW. Ms. Golston is a psychotherapist, supervisor, and consultant in private practice. She is the former chair of the National Association of Social Workers, Washington (state) Chapter Ethics Committee. Ms. Golston is associated with the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD), the premier organization focused on multiple personalities, dissociation, and other trauma.

NEDRA JOHNSON, M.A., M.F.T..  (USA, Master’s of Arts, Marriage & Family Therapist). Ms. Johnson is a psychotherapist and author.

 LANI KENTTherapeutic Arts Facilitator. She is a Therapeutic Arts Facilitator, Speaker, Writer and Artist according to conference administrators. There are no professional credentials listed.

SANDRA L. PAULSEN, Ph.D. (USA, doctor of philosophy). Dr. Paulsen is an author and advocate of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), a somewhat controversial form of trauma treatment.

COLIN ROSS, M.D.   (USA, medical doctor). Dr. Ross is the founder of The Colin Ross Institute in Dallas, Texas and is director of three hospitals offering treatment for multiple personalities and satanic ritual abuse.

MARVIN THOMAS. Mr. Thomas is a psychotherapist. There are no professional credentials listed.

The Washington State Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is offering continuing education credits, required of social worker’s to retain licensing. Provider number  #1975-362.

Visit the Ivory Garden DID websites for further information.

 

Mercy Ministries Admits Misrepresentation: Repays Clients $120,000

Charity admits cheating women

Anne-Louise Brown | 19th December 2009 2:50 AM

“CHRISTIAN charity Mercy Ministries, which ran a home for young women in need on the Sunshine Coast, has admitted to false, misleading and deceptive conduct.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission said the Sydney-based group, had apologized for misrepresenting its services and repaid about $120,000 to affected women.

The charity ran two homes for troubled young women – at Glenview on the Coast and in Sydney.

Both homes have closed. The Glenview centre shut its doors last July amid controversy.

ACCC chairman Graeme Samuel said Mercy Ministries had advertised its services as free, but then asked residents to sign over their Centrelink payments in return for treatment. …

…“Also, Mercy Ministries misrepresented that it offered professional support from qualified specialists when in fact that was not the case.”Last year, the group became embroiled in a national controversy when three girls who had gone through the program, including two on the Sunshine Coast, went public with their claims of mistreatment.

They alleged the six-month programs had left them suicidal.

Retrieved 03/15/12. Charity Admits Cheating Women

YouTube: Interrogation or Child Abuse? The Michael Crowe Story

Michael Crowe, shown in this YouTube video is interrogated after the murder of his sister.

This is an excellent example of how to elicit a false confession/information from a subject/patient. Think it can’t happen to you? I didn’t either.

Retrieved 7/12/11. Interrogation or Child Abuse?

National Association of Social Workers (USA) Offers Educational Credits for Attending Multiple Personality Disorder Conference

Calling all Social Workers!

(and others)

If you take issue with dissociative identity disorder/multiple personalities being a valid disorder, it’s time to speak up – well, you missed your chance before the conference in Florida, USA, but it’s your responsibility and never too late. Even anonymous letters are good enough.

Unless the National Association of Social Workers in the United States discontinues offering continuing educational credits (mandatory for retaining a license to practice) their profession will continue to be haunted by pseudo-science masquerading as viable psychological treatment.

Social workers evidently support the belief in multiple personalities and the practice of psychotherapy aimed to treat dissociative identity disorder.

A conference: An Infinite Mind “Healing Together, was held in Florida, USA.

According to the conference website:

“This program is approved by the The National Association of Social Workers for clinical social work continuing education contact hours.This program has been approved by the National Board for Certified Counselor. …”

Social Work

Image by Army Medicine via Flickr

I almost wish I hadn’t looked into the National Association of Social Workers to see what values they hold and what their standards and ethics are. But I did, and here is what I found:

Code of Ethics

Value: Competence

Ethical Principle: Social workers practice within their areas of competence and develop and enhance their professional expertise.

Social workers continually strive to increase their professional knowledge* and skills and to apply them in practice. Social workers should aspire to contribute to the knowledge base of the profession.

1.03 Informed Consent (paragraph one)

(a) …Social workers should use clear and understandable language to inform clients of the purpose of the services, risks related to the services …”

1.04 Competence

(c) When generally recognized standards do not exist with respect to an emerging area of practice, social workers should exercise careful judgment and take responsible steps …to ensure the competence of their work and to protect clients from harm.

3.08 Continuing Education and Staff Development

“Continuing education and staff development should address current knowledge and emerging developments related to social work practice and ethics.

4.01 Competence

(a) Social workers should accept responsibility or employment only on the basis of existing competence or the intention to acquire the necessary competence.

(b) …should strive to become and remain proficient in professional practice and the performance of professional functions …critically examine and keep current with emerging knowledge … routinely review the professional literature and participate in continuing education ….

(c) …should base practice on recognized knowledge, including empirically based knowledge, relevant to social work and social work ethics.

5.01 Integrity of the Profession

(b) …Social workers should protect, enhance, and improve the integrity of the profession through appropriate study and research, active discussion, and responsible criticism of the profession.

(e) Social workers should act to prevent the unauthorized and unqualified practice of social work.

5.02 Evaluation and Research

(c) Social workers should critically examine and keep current with emerging knowledge relevant to social work and fully use evaluation and research evidence in their professional practice.

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The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) has a lot of thinking and work to do before their code of ethics reflects their behavior. Since they support the practice of treating multiple personality disorder/dissociative identity disorder, what does that say about their lack of scientific training being a necessity for practice? Evidentially, social workers do not find science necessary.

When continuing education credits, annual schooling that enable social workers to retain a license to practice, are offered in areas that do not show scientific rigor, all patients and their families suffer.

Over and over in the document above uses the words: ethics, values, knowledge, professional. What dictionary are they using to define their terms?

The actual beliefs of the NASW become transparent when the dots are connected between the programs they supports for continuing education credits – – – – and their mission statement. What is on paper and what they profess to stand for are at odds and rather flimsy.

I doubt that many social workers actually know what is in their code of ethics. If they do, why are they supporting treatment for a psychiatric condition, multiple personalities, that is steeped in decades of controversy and documented patient harm?

I know social workers that I hold in high-regard. They are hard-working and dedicated to patient welfare. So this critique is meant as a criticism of their governing body rather than members who have few choices if they want to keep their license to practice. That fact, however, does not offer asylum from responsibility and knowledge about the organization that they support.

Perhaps a social worker will read this and inform/educate the rest of us about why the NASW turns their back on people who trust them to be honest about research and therapeutic practices both in general, and specifically in regards to dissociative identity disorder.

Resources available in Sybil Exposed: The Extraordinary Story Behind the Famous Multiple Personality Case

by Debbie Nathan

(blog post by Jeanette Bartha)

Publisher: Free Press, A Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc., NY, NY, 2011

If multiple personalities, false memories, dissociative identity disorder, human memory, questionable child-abuse recall, false confessions, or repressed memories pique’ your interest, then you likely know about the infamous case of Sybil that splashed the American book market and cinema in the early 1970s.

According to Amazon Book Review, “Sybil Exposed draws from an enormous trail of papers, records, photos, and tapes to unearth the lives and passions of these three women whose story exploded into an epic movement with consequences beyond their wildest dreams. Set across the twentieth century and rooted in a time when few professional roles were available to women, this is a story of corrosive sexism, bold but unchecked ambition, runaway greed, utter human vulnerability, duplicity and shared delusion, shaky theories of psychoanalysis exuberantly and drastically practiced, and how one modest young woman’s life turned psychiatry on its head and radically changed the course of therapy—and our culture, as well.”

If you are interested in investigating the life of Shirley A. Mason AKA Sybil Dorset, Sybil Exposed is a one stop-shopping treasure of resources. The book has:

  • Acknowledgements, 6 pages pgs. 239-246.
  • Notes on chapters, 35 pages from pgs. 247-282.
  • Index, 14 pages from pgs. 283-297.

Author Debbie Nathan, is an award winning journalist who conducted massive research  throughout the United States for Sybil Exposed.

Ms. Nathan is the recipient of national and regional awards, including:

  • The H.L. Mencken Award for Investigative Journalism
  • PEN West Award for Journalism
  • Texas Institute of Letters Award for feature journalism
  • John Barlow Martin Award for Public Service Journalism

With over 30 years of reporting and publishing experience, Ms. Nathan specializes in sexual politics, sex panics particularly in relation to women and children, as well as immigration and the U.S. – Mexican border. She appears in the Academy Award-nominated documentary Capturing the Freidman’s, the story of accused child molesters, Arnold (now deceased) and his son, Jesse Friedman.

Ms. Nathan serves on the board of the National Center for Reason and Justice (NCRJ), a non-profit organization of advocates for intelligent and humane approaches to preventing child abuse and dealing with accused offenders. See About the NCRJ

More about the author on Amazon.com Book Review

Below is a list of resources used by the author including print media, professionals in the mental health field, professors, libraries, laypersons, former psychiatric patients, and films.

Shirley Ardell Mason (1923-1998) pseudonym, Sybil Isabel Dorsett

Mason was born and raised in Dodge Center, Minnesota, USA. The only child of Walter Mason (a carpenter and architect) and Martha Alice “Mattie” Hageman.

Resources used by author Debbie Nathan:

  • Mikkel Borch-Jacobsen, scholar
  • Peter Swales, historian
  • David Eichman, grandson of Shirley Mason’s step-mother, Florence Eichman Mason and David’s wife, Bonnie Eichman
  • Dan Houlihan, University of Minnesota at Mankato (where Shirley attended as an undergraduate)
  • Muriel Odden Coulter, the daughter of a dorm mate of Shirley
  • Dodge Center residents (Sybil/Shirley’s home town)
  • Miranda Marland, daughter of Shirley’s best childhood friend, Robert Moulton
  • Cousins of Shirley: Patricia Alcott, Lorna Gilbert, Arlene Christensen, Marcia Schmidt
  • Dr. Ronald Numbers, University of Wisconsin, an expert on Seventh-Day Adventism (Shirley’s religion)
  • T. Joe Willey, scholar
  • Jean Lane, Shirley’s best friend during college
  • Robert Rieber, John Jay College, NYC, emeritus psychology professor taught with Sybil author, Flora Schreiber
  • Dr. Herbert Spiegel, psychiatrist and hypnotherapist (worked briefly with Shirley)
  • Marcia Greenleaf, psychologist

Psychiatrists practicing in or near New York City during 1950’s & 1960’s when Shirley’s psychoanalyst, Cornelia Wilbur, M.D. was there:

  • Dr. Ann Ruth Turkel
  • Dr. Sylvia Brecher Marer (Rhode Island)
  • Dr. Nathaniel Lehrman
  • Dr. Arthur Zitrin

Dr. Cornelia Wilbur (1908–1992). Born, Cleveland, Ohio, USA, University of Michigan, 1939, M.D. (medical doctor)

Resources for life of Dr. Cornelia Wilbur, M.D.

  • Robert Schade, cousin
  • Deborah Brown Kovac, a niece of Dr. Wilbur’s second husband
  • Neil Burwell, nephew
  • Warner Burwell. great-nephew
  • Douglas Burwell, great-nephew
  • Brenda Burwell Canning, great-niece (lived with Dr. Wilbur in the 1970s)
  • Ruth Barstow Dixon, cousin
  • Dr. Richard Dieterle
  • Caroline Dieterle
  • Dr. Robert Dieterle, psychiatrist (Dr. Wilbur’s professor and mentor), 1930’s
  • Harald Naess, historian of Scandinavian immigration

Others who knew or worked with Dr. Cornelia Wilbur:

  • Dr. Arnold Ludwig, worked with Dr. Wilbur at University of Kentucky, 1970s
  • Dr. Lon Hays
  • Dr. Rosa K. Riggs
  • Dr. German Gutierrez

Others

  • John and Patsy McGee – lived on same street in Dr. Wilbur’s neighborhood
  • Roberta Guy – Shirley Mason’s and Dr. Wilbur’s home-care nurse
  • Mark Boultinghouse – Shirley’s art dealer
  • Dr. Joseph Bieron, chemist and archivist of historical records of his profession

Libraries and Organizations:

  • State Historical Society, St. Paul, MN, USA,  – archival research
  • New York Academy of Medicine
  • American Society for Journalists and Authors, Director Alexandra Owens
  • Society for Magazine Writers
  • University of Iowa Library, special collections department
  • Historical Society in Dodge County, Minnesota, past Director, Earlene Kinga
  • Seventh-Day Adventist Church General Conference, Maryland
  • National Library of Medicine, Maryland
  • John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Special Collections Department
  • Ellen Belcher, Head Archivist, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • Tania Colmant-Donabedian, Assistant Archivist, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • Larry Sullivan, Director, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • Peter Tytell, research assistant to Ms. Nathan
  • Dr. Leah Dickstein, holds several files and papers which belonged to Dr. Wilbur

Scholars, writers, professionals in the mental health field, former-psychiatric patients, and activists

  • Sherrill Mulhern
  • Dr. Harold Mersey, DM FRCP (London) FRCP(C) FRCPsych
  • Evan Harrington
  • Pamela Freyd, Ph.D.
  • Mark Pendergrast, author/journalist
  • Ben Harris
  • Jan Haaken
  • Jeanette Bartha, B.S., psychology, journalist, blogger
  • Bill Dobbs
  • John Bloise
  • Those wishing to remain anonymous

Former Hollywood Celebrities regarding the film, Sybil

  • Stewart Stern, screenwriter for Sybil telemovie
  • Diana Serra Cary – actress who played “Baby Peggy”

International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD)

  • Kathy Steele, former Director
  • Dr. Richard Kluft, M.D. (grateful to him, but he declined to discuss his work with Dr. Cornelia Wilbur) Dr. Kluft permitted Ms. Nathan to attend his presentation at ISSTD Conference
  • Barry Cohen
  • Dr. Vedat Sar
The above information was taken from the text of Sybil Exposed. Errors may be those of blogger rather than the author, Debbie Nathan.

updated: 9-26-14

 

 

 

 

Alters in Dissociative Identity Disorder Metaphors or Genuine Entities?

Clinical Psychology Review 22 (2002) 481–497

Harald Merckelbacha,Grant J. Devillyc, Eric Rassina,

Abstract
How should the different identities (i.e., alters) that are thought to be typical for dissociative identity disorder (DID) be interpreted? Are they just metaphors for different emotional states or are they truly autonomous entities that are capable of willful action?

This issue is important because it has implications for the way in which courts may handle cases that involve DID patients.

Referring to studies demonstrating that alters of DID patients differ in their memory performance or physiological profile, some authors have concluded that alters are more than just metaphors.

We argue that such line of reasoning is highly problematic.

There is little consensus among authors about the degree to which various types of memory information (implicit, explicit, procedural) may leak from one to the other alter. Without such theoretical accord, any given outcome of memory studies on DID may be taken as support for the assumption that alters are in some sense ‘‘real.’’

As physiological studies on alter activity often lack proper control conditions, most of them are inconclusive as to the status of alters. To date, neither memory studies nor psychobiological studies have delivered compelling evidence that alters of DID patients exist in a factual sense. As a matter of fact, results of these studies are open to multiple interpretations and in no way refute an interpretation of alters in terms of metaphors for different emotional states.

Conclusion
The older literature on DID offers some strong claims as to the literal status of alters. Anecdotal reports of alters differing in their allergic reactions, in their response to medication, and in their optical functioning abound (e.g., Miller, 1989). These anecdotes
led Simpson (1997, p. 124) to pose the following question: ‘‘Why not claim that they wear different size shoes?’’ …

Still, a literal interpretation of alters can also be found in the DSM-IV and in many serious articles on DID. In their thought-provoking essay on DID, Lilienfeld et al. (1999) present several examples of treatment interventions that seem to be predicated on the belief that alters in DID are independent agents. These examples include asking to meet an alter, giving names to alters, and encouraging alters to write letters to each other. On the basis of these examples, Lilienfeld et al. (p. 513) conclude that ‘‘many or most influential authors in the DID treatment literature treat alters as independent entities or even personalities, at least during the early phase of treatment.’’

It is this literal view on alters …. Yet, theoretical and methodological shortcomings of these studies restrict any conclusions that can be drawn from them. Memory studies on DID suffer from the absence of articulated theories about memory functioning in DID.

Psychobiological studies, on the other hand, primarily suffer from the absence of proper control conditions. This is unfortunate, becauseit is now perfectly possible to specify control conditions for this type of research.

…Neither memory studies, nor psychobiological studies have elicited compelling evidence
that supports a literal view on alters in DID. …A case in point is Gleaves (1996, p. 48) who notes that ‘‘what is critical to understand is that acknowledging a patient with DID to have genuine experiences of alters as real people or entities is not the same as stating that alters are actually real people or entities.’’ Obviously, this conceptualization of alters is reminiscent of the position that alters exist largely as a result of role enactment in which patients become absorbed.

Thus, it is probably time to de-emphasize the literal interpretation of alters advocated by the DSM-IV. …

…Meanwhile, the hypothesis that alters in DID may be nothing more than the result of some patients’ tendency to attribute causality to inside agents, only becomes a coherent position when one seriously considers the possibility that expressed alters are metaphors rather than real entities.

Confirmation bias: why psychiatrists stick to wrong preliminary diagnoses

Psychol Med. 2011 May 20:1-9
Mendel R, Traut-Mattausch E, Jonas E, Leucht S, Kane JM, Maino K, Kissling W, Hamann J.

Source

Department of Psychiatry, Technische Universität München, Germany.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Diagnostic errors can have tremendous consequences because they can result in a fatal chain of wrong decisions. Experts assume that physicians’ desire to confirm a preliminary diagnosis while failing to seek contradictory evidence is an important reason for wrong diagnoses. This tendency is called ‘confirmation bias’. Method To study whether psychiatrists and medical students are prone to confirmation bias and whether confirmation bias leads to poor diagnostic accuracy in psychiatry, we presented an experimental decision task to 75 psychiatrists and 75 medical students.

RESULTS:

A total of 13% of psychiatrists and 25% of students showed confirmation bias when searching for new information after having made a preliminary diagnosis. Participants conducting a confirmatory information search were significantly less likely to make the correct diagnosis compared to participants searching in a disconfirmatory or balanced way [multiple logistic regression: odds ratio (OR) 7.3, 95% confidence interval (CI) 2.53-21.22, p<0.001; OR 3.2, 95% CI 1.23-8.56, p=0.02]. Psychiatrists conducting a confirmatory search made a wrong diagnosis in 70% of the cases compared to 27% or 47% for a disconfirmatory or balanced information search (students: 63, 26 and 27%). Participants choosing the wrong diagnosis also prescribed different treatment options compared with participants choosing the correct diagnosis.

CONCLUSIONS:

Confirmatory information search harbors the risk of wrong diagnostic decisions. Psychiatrists should be aware of confirmation bias and instructed in techniques to reduce bias.

Retrieved 03/29/12.

On the Wisdom of Counting to Ten: Personal and social dangers of anger expression, by Carol Tavris, PhD

This post offers a different perspective on anger expression – and the perils of doing so – that I think is pertinent to discussions about treatment for multiple personalities via the diagnosis of Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID).

Unfortunately, many therapists who treat multiple personalities believe anger is an emotion that needs to be expressed as often and as deep as it runs –  if one desires to get better.. crap, crap, crap thinking. Been there, bought the script.

What I experienced (and witnessed from other patients) during Repressed Memory Therapy, is that anger leads to more anger the more the expression of anger is angrily encouraged and expressed by angry alter personalities. Make sense? Of course not.

Treatment for Dissociative Identity Disorder is largely about suppressed or repressed anger and how it  impacts the sufferer. Therapists and patients alike think that expressing deep anger is cathartic and, therefore, doing so is one of the focuses of treatment.

I have a few simple questions:

  • How many alter personalities does one need to create before the anger-well dries up?
  • How many years do alter personalities have to express themselves before the anger-well  dries up?
  • At what point is the expression of anger finished?
  • How much anger, and the expression of it, is too much?
  • At what point do alter personalities learn that living in a state of anger is not physically or emotionally healthy?
  • When are rageful alters calmed?
Various personality states, as noted by people who have them, sometimes include very angry and often destructive alter personalities. These alters sometimes engage in self-harm and other suicidal-like expressions that may lead to emergency treatment. Make sense? Of course not.

Coping with disappointment, hurt, and learning to deal with anger and other uncomfortable emotions is not usually an important focus during treatment for multiple personalities. The primary focus of this long-term treatment is trying to remember abuse, sometimes decades after it allegedly occurred. Be mad, be angry, rage.

What happens when someone becomes overwhelmed with intense emotions and does not know how to come down or cope with the aftermath? Spiking up and down emotions is a hallmark of Dissociative Identity Disorder treatment.

I have an idea.

Lets encourage DID treatment to shift it’s focus from the right-to-rage- like-a-child to the right-to-act-like-an adult model of mental health care? Raging is not necessarily cathartic and can become a vehicle to more anger and out of control emotions.

Give Carol Tavris, Ph.D. a read. Pick any publication or book. Take a peek into a different way of  being – challenge archaic ways of thinking. Come on  – take a chance on a more peaceful existence.

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English: Carol Tavris receives an award for he...

Carol Tavris receives an award for “Mistakes Were Made: But Not by Me”. CFI Headquarters, Hollywood. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)*

On the wisdom of counting to ten: Personal and social dangers of anger expression.
Tavris, Carol
Review of Personality & Social Psychology, Vol 5, 1984, 170-191.
This article discusses whether the expression of anger is always a good reaction. Some theoretical and methodological issues that cause confusion in the study of anger include definitions of anger, metaphors for anger, and the emphasis in American psychology on a universality of anger among individuals and cultures.
          A review of the literature on the dangers of expressing anger indicates that while suppressing anger is obviously unhealthy for Type B (noncoronary prone) individuals, expressing anger is just as obviously bad for hostile Type A (coronary prone) individuals who may block off an important route to close relationships.
          The psychological consequences of dealing with anger by talking it out or acting it out are reviewed, and the notion of catharsis is addressed. The author concludes that expressing anger may have cumulatively unhealthy effects: Such repeated anger expression tends to solidify a hostile attitude; emphasize the emotion of anger to the exclusion of other, simultaneous emotions; create an angry habit; rile up one’s opposition; and make other people angrier.
*Owner of the pic above please contact me so I can give you proper credit. JB
updated: 9-23-14.

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Directory: Internal Family Systems AKA “parts therapy”: websites & blogs

Internal Family Systems therapy appears to have many of the hallmarks of repressed memory therapy that ignited the sweeping interest in multiple personality disorder or MPD, in the mid 1980s. The disorder was renamed dissociative identity disorder (DID) after the diagnosis and treatment suffered unprecedented negative press when psychotherapists and mental health facilities were getting sued by severely injured patients and their families. Supporters of DID disagree with me. Professional mental health-care workers claim the name changed to more clearly define the disorder. I don’t buy it, but maybe you do.

Below is a growing list of blogs and websites promoting the practice of Internal Family Systems (IFS). This treatment has patients/clients examine “parts” of their personalities which is what led to the proliferation of multiple personalities in the mid 1980s. Internal Family Systems therapy seems to be repackaged old theories and warrants further examination from all of us.

The deeper I get into researching IFS, sometimes referred to as “parts therapy” the more evidence there is that hypnotic techniques are used in various forms such as guided imagery. The American Psychiatric Association put out warnings decades ago about the use of hypnosis to address alleged repressed memories.

Below is a list of sites linked to parts therapy and Internal Family System – you decide if it is a valid therapeutic intervention for psychiatric distress that will lead to mental health or if it has the potential to put patients in harms way.

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United KingdomManchester Hypnotherapy, Training programme: parts therapy

United States, Washington, D.C.:Argosy University

Awaken to the Truth (video)

Forever Families

United Kingdom: Hypnotic Healing

Hypnothoughts

Inner Well

Center for Self Leadership: Internal Family Systems

Mental Health Survival Guide

South Africa, Cape Town: Parts Therapy

Parts Therapy for Inner Conflict Resolution

Sit by Me

Talk about Marriage

The MethoBlog (Methodist religion)

The Pondering Prophet

Hypnosis Training Video

USA: Vermont -Integrative Therapy

 

Helen: Woman with 7 Personalities, Part 2 (YouTube)

Running Time: 15:01

This video includes interviews with:

Dr. Larry Culliford, psychiatrist, Royal College of Psychiatrists

Dr. Joan Coleman, psychiatrist who works with ritually & satanically abused people.

Overview:

  • Helen and her friend visit a former teacher
  • It is reveled that Helen is a recovering alcoholic
  • Overt eye blinking to indicate personality change & display of child personalities and baby talk
  • Reveled that Helen cannot hold a job, is living in a counseling flat (public housing) and survives on benefits
  • Shows piles of pills & bottles of medicines that Helen consumes including: sleeping pills, anti-psychotics, antidepressants, central nervous system depressant – Valium, and many over the counter products to quell the side-effects of these pharmaceutical drugs
  • Minute 5:20 Helen states she overdosed on pills over 100 times

Her friend continues the quest to find out what is causing Helen so much pain.

  • Minute 9:20 Helen claims she was “severely abused as a child”
  •           10: 39 Dr. Larry Culliford interview

The quest to find who is responsible for Helen’s condition

  • Minute 13:30 ritual and satanic ritual abuse introduced
  •             13:51 Dr. Joan Coleman interview

Retrieved  10/07/11. YouTube: Woman with 7 personalities Part 2

Readers: What to do if this blog seems to have disappeared

Hello everyone.

Why this blog went black for a few hours.

A year ago, I was maliciously reported to WordPress for copyright infringement by the owner of Ivory Garden Dissociative Identity Disorder, an online survivor’s group. The owner of this group objected to the inclusion of her website address on this blog, although the address is all over the Internet – that’s it! Following a quick investigation, this blog was reinstated.

If there is a need, I will post the complaint. At this juncture, I am not interested in a harangue about the matter.

If this blog goes black again, know that I am busy getting it reinstated. Any future copyright infringement complaints by any and all persons or groups, it will be handled swiftly through any and all legal channels available.

Thank you for reading, posting, and for taking part in conversations and discussions. We talk about difficult topics but I think most who come here enjoy the exchanges we have. I sure do.

Best to each of you. Jeanette

Update & revision: 09-22-14.

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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

HBO Documentary: America Undercover

This HBO documentary film shows the lives of people, and their therapists, who believe they have multiple personalities. The individuals in the film include a student, a former military sharp shooter, and a policeman among others.

The film runs near an hour and is worth the time if you would like to witness the hell and chaos in the lives of people who believe they suffer from multiple personalities and dissociative identity disorder. You will also get a clear experience of how therapists encourage and coerce people into believing they are possessed by other entities.

Multiple Personalities, HBO America Undercover

Psychotherapy and Patient Disinformation: Are patients getting correct information about their illness?

What does the Iraq war of 2003 have to do with mental illness? More than you might think.

Disinformation, the giving of false information intended to deceive or mislead, is not a new concept, but perhaps it is when associated with mental health care. It is difficult to think any practitioner, in this case psychotherapists, would knowingly give false information to their patients but that’s exactly what can happen when therapist-beliefs are more important than the science of psychiatry and psychology.

Yes, there is science behind the profession of psychotherapy. There are scientific studies on human behavior and related fields conducted in laboratories around the world every day but the public is generally unaware of this fact. Perhaps that is why, for example, arguments about the role memory plays in how we remember events and later recall them.

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Memory for fact, fiction, and misinformation:

the Iraq War 2003

Author information 

Psychol Sci. 2005 Mar;16(3):190-5.

Abstract

Media coverage of the 2003 Iraq War frequently contained corrections and retractions of earlier information. For example, claims that Iraqi forces executed coalition prisoners of war after they surrendered were retracted the day after the claims were made. Similarly, tentative initial reports about the discovery of weapons of mass destruction were all later disconfirmed. We investigated the effects of these retractions and disconfirmations on people’s memory for and beliefs about war-related events in two coalition countries (Australia and the United States) and one country that opposed the war (Germany). Participants were queried about (a) true events, (b) events initially presented as fact but subsequently retracted, and (c) fictional events. Participants in the United States did not show sensitivity to the correction of misinformation, whereas participants in Australia and Germany discounted corrected misinformation. Our results are consistent with previous findings in that the differences between samples reflect greater suspicion about the motives underlying the war among people in Australia and Germany than among people in the United States.

 

Lewandowsky S, Stritzke WG, Oberauer K, Morales M. Memory for fact, fiction, and misinformation: the Iraq War 2003. Psychol Sci. 2005 Mar;16(3):190-5.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15733198

New Yorker: I Don’t Want to be Right



				
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