Multiple Personality Treatment: Harvard Graduate, Dr. David Brendel – M.D., Ph. D, Massachusetts, USA

Dr. Brendel, on his website states:

“With a very broad range of clinical and academic experience as a psychiatrist for more than a decade, I now focus primarily on treating patients and consulting with other mental health professionals dealing with complex cases. I continue to teach and lecture on mental health and related issues in many different settings, but my true passion remains the work I do with patients and their loved ones. I became a psychiatrist to help you and others who are suffering needlessly with highly treatable mental illnesses. I work with local patients from the Boston area, but I also work with many international patients who come from countries such as Canada, Philippines, Saudi Arabia and England, where they may not always be able to get the care they need in a timely manner.”

“As a Harvard-trained Psychiatrist, I know I can help you or your loved one. Please contact me today via telephone on (617) 932-1548 or email ForPatients@DrDavidBrendel.com.”

Although Dr. Brendel does not claim to specialize in dissociative identity disorder, he prides himself on treating “difficult cases”. There is a section on his website devoted to treating MPD/DID as well as statements about his ability to treat it.

Dr. Brendel is a former teacher at Harvard Medical School in clinical aspects of psychology. Even Harvard University is dabbling in pseudo-science and pop-psychology.

Attend Harvard University – only some science required for a psychology degree.

Retrieved 05/19/12.

http://www.drdavidbrendel.com/-/multiple-personality-disorder/Dissociative-Disorder-Psychiatrist.htm

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  1. Sheri Storm

     /  05/26/2012

    oops… I meant utter. mooooo. (my bad.)

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  2. Sheri Storm

     /  05/26/2012

    Thanks for the clarification on the existence of iatrogenic MPD/DID Jeanette. We are basically on the same proverbial page regarding our beliefs. I think the use of ‘misdiagnosis’ is largely due to verbiage lawfully used in court for malpractice cases involving DID. Perhaps because the patient was (falsely) diagnosed originally with DID during the very therapy that induced it shortly afterwards? When that DID patient presents inpatient or to a new provider who is unaware (or unwilling to question) the likelihood of iatrogenics, they dx the patient with “true / naturally-occurring MPD.” (Which IS misdiagnosis!)

    I honestly wince whenever I read your entries – my stomach aches painfully from familiarity regarding your journey. I was unaware that you’d been seen by Kluft – but it makes your rise from udder madness even more remarkable.

    Tell me though, does the anger ever go away? My seething equals my breathing.

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    • Hi Stormy,

      Oops. I’m glad you channel some of your anger into posting!

      Oh yes, I’ve seen the Great Kluft. He’s not particularly likeable and I was glad to see him leave even though he left his dopy diagnosis of MPD behind.

      Does the anger go away? It comes and goes. When I think about all the years I lost to therapy – about a decade if you count the time it took to rehab my brain and put my life back together – well, I don’t feel happy for sure.

      My friends and family do most of the angering for me. lol It helps tremendously, for example, when one of my older friends refers to the doctor as “evil”.

      I get more angered about the state of affairs with psychotherapists and at the Psychology Industry that does nothing to stop this therapy that is known to be dangerous and harmful.

      Thanks for your concern and caring – it means a lot to me and keeps me grounded.

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  3. Sheri Storm

     /  05/25/2012

    I am not surprised by the self-acknowledged God-like wisdom of Dr. David Brendel… it must be very difficult to maintain a semblance of humility when in actuality, you have hold the only true hope of salvation to those presenting ‘complex cases’ within the sacred confines of your practice…

    (This ‘personal savior’ theme is sadly common when it comes to DID and their therapist.) There is true danger in “complex cases’ when a patient never questions their doctor, convinced that no one understands their ‘condition’ or knows better than their ‘specialist’- and when their doctor never questions their methods as their complex patient becomes more complicated and dependent.

    Having personally been (mis)treated for MPD, I can vouch for how extremely crazy-making ‘recovered memory therapy’ is… how terrifying it can be to ‘wake up’ in the middle of a busy intersection without knowing how to drive… being dismissed from marathon hypnotherapy sessions in such a fog-state that I didn’t know who the hell I was, let alone that I had children who needed me to pick them up from school. I can assure you that I considered my therapist to be my only hope of salvation. Tidbits of truth wrapped in fabricated, tormenting fantasies made me question my sanity daily. I was, indeed, a ‘complex case.’

    But until I fell into the hands of this doctor, my issues were no more complicated than any other young mother who experienced average self-doubts, stress from life changes and fear of failure. My belief differs slightly from Jeanette’s. I believe MPD does exist – but that it is a conditioning or programming of sorts that can occur from a mixture of malpractice that includes hypnotherapy, drugs, isolation, misinformation and varied forms of coercion. In other words, I believe in iatrogenic or induced MPD. I don’t think there is anything remotely natural about how it occurs and for the life of me, I cannot understand why something that has proven to be so insidiously harmful, is not yet considered criminal.

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    • Sheri, if you want to call multiple personalities iatrogenic, then I would have to agree that it exists under those conditions. It’s a brainwashing of sorts that changes, in my case, how I thought, behaved, thought about my past and my family, and ultimately how I saw the world as a scary place was totally a product of the therapeutic process – if you can call it that.

      I like how you refer to your treatment in terms of (mis)treatment instead of misdiagnosis. Many who come here tell me I was misdiagnosed. I disagree since 2 of the most esteemed psychiatrists in the business agreed with the MPD/DID diagnosis. I was not misdiagnosed, I was made to believe I had multiple selves and thought and acted accordingly all the while believing everything and not questioning anything my psychiatrist or adjunct therapists told me.

      I too looked to my psychiatrist And my art therapists as my saviors. When they were out-of town, I was devastated and was convinced I would not make it until they returned.

      Quite a mistake I made to give myself and my mind and my body to the practice of psychotherapy. It was not until I emerged from it that I realized I was a guinea pig for someone else’s pleasure and fancy, financial income, and professional status.

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  4. Laura C

     /  05/24/2012

    I DEFINITELY feel the frustration here, but I am not sure I get the issue with this particular doctor. Can someone explain? Its been hard to find Doctors who even acknowlege the disordr, this one does but says he doesn’t know what causes it. Has anyone here been treated by him and had a bad experience? What’s wrong with him?

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    • Hello Laura,

      Since this blog is about multiple personalities not existing, what is wrong with him is that he’s treating DID.

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