Best in Show: The 6 Most Powerful Health Plotlines on TV ‘United States of Tara’: Taking the Stigma Out of Mental Illness

“Tara, like many people with DID, is not eager to admit how impaired she is,” explains Richard Kluft, MD, past president of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation and a consultant to the show. About one percent of the population has DID, according to the Sidran Institute, a non-profit educational organization, which makes it as common as schizophrenia.

Kluft goes on to say, “Tara and her alters remove some of the stigma from DID, and show that the condition can affect any otherwise healthy, suburban family. ”

Is Tara removing stigma or just entertaining the masses?

The other side of the story Dr. Kluft usually leaves out of the equation is that the “condition” he speaks of “affects healthy, suburban families” by tearing them apart and making some of its members non-functional and others to cope with accusations of crimes that never occurred.

Retrieved 5/20/11. Everyday Health.

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  1. Steve

     /  05/25/2011

    The Sidran Institute estimates that 1% of the population has DID? Really?

    Let’s assume that’s 1% of the adult population in the United States, which, according to 2008 estimates, would be roughly 228 million people. 1% of that is roughly 2.3 million people.

    How many satanic cults would it take to ritually abuse 2.3 million people? 1000? 10,000? 100,000? How many satanists in each cult, or perhaps, each local chapter? 30? 40? 50?

    So there might be millions of satanists ritually abusing people in the United States? All of them gone undetected? All this carnage and horror and not a trace of evidence other than the memories of patients in psychotherapy? Hmmmm.

    Oh, you say, DID isn’t the result of just satanic abuse!

    That’s not what Kluft and his crowd were saying back in 1989. When did they change their minds? When did they decide that the satanic cult thing was just an “oooops” sort of moment?

    When will this savage nonsense come to an end?

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    • I made this same argument to a woman who called the False Memory Syndrome Foundation when I was volunteering. She was upset and yelling and calling me and the foundation rather creative pejorative names. After asking her if it was logical to think that 100s of satanic cults could possibly leave no trace of the carnage and then I asked: all those people? And all of them kept the secret?

      The woman thought for a moment, then asked me to send her information about the FMSF and what we were doing. Phew.

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      • Wow….

        Great statistics and obvious observation that bypassed me.

        Thanks for the numbers!!

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  2. Steve

     /  05/25/2011

    I wonder why none of what’s contained in this transcript ever made it into an episode of ” US of Tara”.

    http://www.fmsfonline.org/ritual.html

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    • Thank you for this, Steve. I’ve printed a highlight of the links below which is an interesting discussing between the professional experts on ritual abuse. Gees.

      Does anyone know if any of these people have retracted their absurd statements? JB See new post for highlights of this transcript.
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      Drs. Braun, Sachs, Hammond et al. on Ritual Child Abuse

      Drs. Bennett G. Braun, Roberta Sachs and Corydon Hammond have been named as unindicted co-conspirators in a criminal fraud case now being tried in Houston, Texas. For information on the criminal case, see the False Memory Syndrome Foundation’s web site covering the trial.

      These three persons participated with others in the production of an audio tape discussing ritual child abuse and purporting to present a “professional overview” of the subject. Portions of the tape are transcribed below.

      Reproduced from the

      **********************************************************************
      F M S F O U N D A T I O N N E W S L E T T E R (e-mail edition)
      Vol 3 No. 4, April 5, 1994
      **********************************************************************

      Cavalcade Productions, Inc. on
      RITUAL CHILD ABUSE: A PROFESSIONAL OVERVIEW, 1989

      Transcribed selections from the tape:

      The Cast:

      BENNETT G. BRAUN, M.D.
      Medical Director, Dissociative Disorder Program, Rush-Presbyterian-St. Lukes Medical Center, Chicago, IL.

      CATHERINE GOULD, Ph.D.
      Clinical Psychologist, Encino, CA

      D. CORYDON HAMMOND, Ph.D.
      University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, UT

      RICHARD P. KLUFT, M.D.
      Institute of the Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, PA

      ROBERTA SACHS, Ph.D.
      Training Director, Dissociative Disorder Program,
      Rush-Presbyterian-St. Lukes Medical Center, Chicago, IL.

      ROLAND C. SUMMIT, M.D.
      Psychiatrist, Harber-UCLA Medical Center, Torrance, CA

      WALTER C. YOUNG, M.D.
      Medical Director, Combine Psychiatric Center, Littleton, CO

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