This blog does not Support Any Psychotherapist or Group

To my readers: It appears that this blog has been hijacked by people leaving links to websites that I did not publish or support. They are being deleted.

This blog was founded to offer information, research, and opinions.

Be advised that this site does not allow hate speech and comments may be redacted or deleted. I don’t like policing comments, but this blog has been used for platforms and agendas of some who cannot entertain social discourse respectfully. Or, they seek free advertising.

Comments, however, are welcome and your participation in conversations are welcome and much appreciated.

J

 

 

 

Ticker Tape: Mental Health Topics & More

Mental health issues expand quickly and information is available on the Internet 24/7. Keeping up with the constant stream of news reports and peer-reviewed articles is a daunting task so I’m starting a list of links and titles of news reports that you may find interesting or useful in an evolving ticker-tape sort of delivery.*

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Two who resigned from the DSM-5 work group explain why. Psychology Today 10–1-15.

Child Taken from Mum with Multiple Personalities (Dissociative Identity Disorder)

Psychiatrists Maryann Weisman & Stacey Zuniga Arrested on Alleged Prescription Drug Crimes, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, USA.

False Memory Syndrome Led Woman to Make Farm Rape Claims in Devon. North Devon Journal, 5-21-15.

The Forgotten Childhood: Why early memories fade. National Public Radio: All things considered. 4-8-14

The Devil and Mercy Ministries: A conversation with Chelsea Darhower | Dysgenics| 05-04-15.

The San Antonio Four Go Back to Court | Texas Public Radio | Apr 20, 2015

 
Sybil: A Brilliant Hysteric? New York Times | 11-25-14. Barbara Dury, producer (Includes interview with this blogger)

Reforming Mental Health Care: How recovered memory treatments brought informed-consent Psychiatric Times | June 05, 2015  by Christopher Barden, J.D., Ph.D.
retrieved 03-24-15.

Could You Be Convinced You Committed a Crime That You Didn’t Commit?

 Constructing Rich False Memories of Committing Crime | Psychological Science | 11-04-14.

Testimony Reliance Unsettles U.S. Courts

False Memory Syndrome Foundation Advisory Board Profiles

Researchers are now able to erase and restore memories in rats

Out of Mind Out of Sight: Suppressing unwanted memories reduces their unconscious influence.

A Life in Pieces by Richard K. Baer

England: Suicide among mental health patients receiving home treatment doubles

*For information purposes only. I do not agree, or disagree, with the links above.

Last Update: 09-23-15.

Dr. Robin Weiss’s article is a well written and easy to read primer on the role of mental-health care professionals who use Freudian psychoanalysis versus  psychiatry. In the United States, a psychiatrist holds a doctor of medicine with additional studies in psychiatry. Dr. Weiss presents a concise case study of her patient, Julia, whom she treated for depression. Julia insisted that Dr. Weiss disclose personal information about her life allegedly so Julia could bond and achieve a higher level of comfort. Initially Dr. Weiss rejected the notion of disclosing personal information so she could maintain an environment where Julia could discuss topics without concern about what she thought or opined.

As the struggle between psychiatrist and patient played out, Julia eventually prevailed in her quest to mold Dr. Weiss to her type of therapeutic environment. Dr. Weiss goes on to give a short version of her personal struggles to help Julia in a manner that satisfied both their needs. Dr. Weiss claims that treating Julia changed her hard-line views that therapists should not share personal information.

There are hundreds of internet forums and discussion groups set up so people with emotional distress or mental illnesses can openly discuss their treatment and personal struggles. I’ve taken notice, for example, of how women who believe they suffer from multiple personalities that they believe stems from repeated childhood sexual abuse, mold and manipulate the therapeutic environment and process. If the therapist does not acquiesce to their wants and demands of intimacy, it is not uncommon for the patient to terminate treatment and find a different therapist who more closely matches the diagnosis they believe they suffer from and treatment they need to get well.

I don’t know about you, but when I read articles penned by someone who holds a medical degree, I hold them to a very high standard largely because of the power of influence their profession naturally affords them. As  a patient, I want to know that my  health care providers will give me scientifically sound information and opinions. I expect information to be accurate, period. Of course there is room for opinion and thoughtful discussion if that is disclosed in anything they publish, but this isn’t what I’m talking about. I read a few of the 50 comments about Dr. Weiss’s article that had already piled up and found one written by someone claiming to be Paul Strassfield of Water Mill, New York. I say “claiming to be” because this is the internet and I take nothing at face value. A quick Google search confirmed that there is indeed a Dr. Paul Strassfield associated with Hunter College in New York and a contributor to the Huffington Post.  For the purpose of discussion, I accept that this commenter is indeed Dr. Strassfield.

What interested me about Dr. Strassfield ‘s comment is that he quickly corrected what I initially thought was a rather insignificant statement made by Dr. Weiss who wrote: “I’m a psychiatrist, a medical doctor who treats mental illness with both medication and psychotherapy.” Admirable in my opinion. But my opinion of Weiss’s reporting and research methods quickly collapsed after reading this statement, “There is a quotation from the psychiatrist D. W. Winnicott …” where she goes on to make points about his influential work. Commenter, Dr. Strassfield, however, quickly pointed out that D.W. Winnicott (7 April 1896 – 28 January 1971) was not a psychiatrist, but a pediatrician also trained as a psychoanalyst, not a doctor or psychiatry.* What happened? How did Dr. Weiss make such a glaring mistake particularly after educating the public on the differences between the psychoanalysts and psychiatrists?

I’m offering this information so you can see how easy it is to make mistakes that seem small, but can make a profound difference on how people seek mental-health care. If someone suffering from a biological illness that requires medication, a psychoanalyst cannot prescribe it, but a psychiatrist could. Slippery slopes abound in the psychiatric business, so it’s prudent for writers, researchers, and those whom we seek help from to be accurate.

Mistakes are too easy to make now that information technology moves at warp speed. I’ve made mistakes on this blog and am appreciative if someone points it out. I then correct my post to reflect my error and then I offer an apology. It’s my hope that Dr. Robin Weiss will read the comments about her article and make the correction about D. W. Winnicott not being a psychiatrist. We’ll see.

 

 

 

 

*Wikipedia is an open-source document and not always a reliable source, but a decent place to begin searching for information.

retrieved 11-23-14. Full Article, New York Times: “The Rules of Psychotherapy

 

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

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The voices of children raised by a mother who claims to have multiple personalities is barely a whisper. The Psychology Industry is responsible for conducting research and insuring that mental health care is safe and effective but in the instance of multiple personalities, professionally referred to as Dissociative Identity Disorder or DID,  researchers lag way behind in connecting science to this mental malady that remains one of the largest debacles in the industry according to Paul McHugh, M.D.,

former head of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University, USA. The wheels of research is known to pump out information about mental illnesses rapidly, but is lagging behind on studying the long-term effects of what I refer to as Generation Two meaning the children of parents who suffer from multiple personalities

 

There is not much published, or scientific studies conducted, about children raised by mothers with multiple personalities, more recently renamed Dissociative Identity Disorder*

which is a mental condition allegedly proceeded by horrific and continued childhood sexual abuse.

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 the months that warped into years locked 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, music therapy, and movement therapy – sometimes referred to as adjunctive therapies, that offer patients other means of expressing themselves without the pressure of actually having to talk to someone. I went from having a career and a good paying job – to unemployment, dropping out of graduate school, zero income, no family or friends, and destitute. But for being legally  remanded to a mental hospital where I had a warm bed and three meals a day, I would have been homeless while receiving psychotherapy, or I’d have to funnel myself into a state funded facility to  continue trying to remember horrific events so I could get well from debilitating depression.

The constant search for and then reliving my newly acquired abuse memories consumed my energy and focus all day – every day. The psychotherapy was intense and as years of treatment rolled on, I was more convinced that I was a victim of repeated sexual abuse as a child by my parents, aunts and uncles, neighbors, teachers, clergy, and others allegedly interested in destroying me when I was a child. Try to make that your focus and see how your day goes.

My questions and concerns about children raised in homes with constant chaos and unrest asks the broader question of why psychotherapy of this sort needs to  cut patients down to their knees before they can overcome a plethora of physical and emotional illness like depression or addictions?

Back to “what if”: What if I had a child to care for while I was unable to care for myself? How would I have cared for two or three little ones depending on me to make home a safe place? Who would have prepared meals for my son or helped my daughter study for college entrance exams? Would I have been able to attend their athletic or artistic events and be fully present or would I have been home acting out memories of sexual abuse while coloring and watching Saturday morning cartoons? Could I have been a good partner who contributed to my adult relationship, usually marriage? Having been there so to speak, I know I would have failed miserably  at caring for my children and would now have adult-children who grew up while I was searching for memories of abuse that never happened. No amount of love, in my opinion, would ever make up for the injury my children would have suffered because my psychotherapy came first. I am grateful that this is not a scenario I had to face.

No way around it, this is how some treatment for multiple personalities, renamed Dissociative Identity Disorder, therapy works. All focus is on the multiple, or patient, and their needs. It can debilitate an otherwise healthy woman and turned her into a shell of her former self – which was my experience as it was others who were hospitalized at the same time I was.

Being in treatment for multiple personalities, a condition that actually doesn’t exist in my opinion, 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 he or she would hopefully have provided.

Adult-children of 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. Is this a stable force in a child’s life? How can a mother in constant psychic pain provide a safe and secure environment for a developing and vulnerable child. I often 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?

“V” described to me that coming home from school and not knowing which personality state her mother would be in. She didn’t knowing which of her mother’s personalities would welcome her home. Her anxiety increased as she walked home hoping a personality that she did not like,or feared, would be facing her as the front door opened. “V” describes coming home to her mother who was curled under the covers of her bed hugging a teddy bear and sucking her thumb while watching “V”s favorite cartoon video? How do children cope with a mother drunk on a daily cocktails 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.

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 in that they are physically there, but emotionally absent. The commenter, “V” I mentioned earlier, says she desperately tried to normalize her home life, but is unable to do so.  She tried to make sense of her mother acting like a little child alter personality and chattering at her in a little girls voice, but no matter how she tried, she couldn’t make sense of her mother’s behavior that sometimes seemed contrived for attention.

In Internet forums, women with multiple personalities complain endlessly about their abusive childhood, yet they are often incapable of recognizing that they are perpetuating abuse to their own children – another generation. Perhaps the inattentiveness is not the same, but the long-term effects of an unstable parent and a home filled with unpredictability and stress can’t be the base for lasting mental health in my opinion.

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 the multiple personality disorder debacle end? The American Psychiatric Associations need to fess up to making the biggest blunder in the history of psychiatric medicine before people can count on their psychological treatment being based on scientific evidence rather than  the belief system of psychotherapists, clergy, or others.

How many generations of children will be influenced by this sort of potentially harmful psychological treatment that is largely void of science? Since there appears to be no end to the belief in multiple personalities, the number of Mom’s, Dad’s, and children like “V”will be sucked into it will continue albeit under the radar and in underground, secret societies on the Internet.

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

 

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*Links for reference only. Wiki sites are only one source for general information and the links used in this article are provided for that purpose only. I do not support any information from Wiki sites as they change frequently.

Last update: 11-22-14.

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Falsely accused father of sexually abusing his children speaks out in interview

Read the full story and get the details of the absurd accusations of two children likely coached by an adult. This post includes a video of the interview. Excerpts below.

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Dad falsely accused of ‘satanic’ abuse speaks of ordeal