European Society for Trauma & Dissociation (ESTD): Newsletter Jun 2012:

The European Society for Trauma & Dissociation has released a newsletter. Unfortunately, it is available for members only. Why is that? Most newsletters and magazines offer teasers so the public can read at least some of it. Not here. Cough up money – then you get information.

Worldwide consumers of mental health care once again are barred from access to a journal/newsletter that potentially has information to assist in decision making about their mental-health care needs.

Here we go again. Education and information is available only to those with the financial means to obtain it. It’s the best way I know to keep control of what consumers are permitted to know and the easiest way to hide information from the general public that we may find controversial, bizarre, unreliable, without science behind it, or to which we have opinions that may differ from the publisher.

Can’t examine or learn from that which is unavailable.

There are many people who come to this blog believing in the existence of multiple personalities & the subsequent diagnosis of dissociative identity disorder. They also believe and support a direct link from childhood events  –> to inside parts/alter/personalities. Lastly, they voice opinions that those who support the False Memory Syndrome Foundation and/or their mission to demand safe mental health care are nefarious pedophiles, and dangerous.

OK. What are the facts?

Let’s take a quick look at the difference between the FMSF & the ESTD newsletters:

  1. The False Memory Syndrome Foundation newsletter & archives are available free of charge. Offering access to information opens dialogue and discussion.
  2. The European Society for Trauma & Dissociation newsletter is available to members only therefore promoting a closed-loop system of their membership because they do not welcome differing opinions and the open exchange of ideas and information.

Using logic and reasoning, what are the effects of free access to information vs. information for a select few?

In my view, when evaluating an organization, transparency trumps closed-loop systems of controlled knowledge and information.

From the ESTD website:

By joining ESTD, you will also contribute to and support the spread of knowledge and understanding of trauma and trauma treatment and interventions in Europe.


  • Full: €50  ($62.96)
  • Discounted: €15  ($18.88)
  • Student: €30  ($37.88)

For people from the following countries the reduced fee of €15 ($18.88) applies.
Albania, Armenia, Azerbadjan, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Rumania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Ukraine.

Membership address:

European Society for Trauma and Dissociation E.S.T.D.
1ste Hogeweg 16-a
3701 HK Zeist
The Netherlands


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  1. Sheila

     /  10/24/2016

    Well for sure how they get in people’s heads in the tow U.K. Clinic week about control they are . I’m in Ireland and how they do their assess hear , course way messed me up . But their about cumtrool and their about nutting much only messing around studying people and using what ? What tow of that lot done to me hear iv no words , they are not safe people to be around


    • Anonymous

       /  12/07/2016

      I’m sorry Sheila, but I struggled to understand your post. I have read a number of comments on this site and I do feel many of the concerns regarding the diagnosis of DID. I have had an issue since a young age, becoming much more difficult for members of my family to deal with as a teenager. After the birth of my first child I had five years of ‘normality’ Then things greatly fell apart while pregnant with twins. No one in my church or my husband could understand what was going on. My situation was clearly there was something going on and I had recieved no therapy at that point. I am not going to go into details, but it was a debilitating and lethal situation. I went into therapy and saw a very kind man who spent a long time with me, and valued that as a psychology student, he could talk to me in a slightly different way than perhaps others who had no psychology understanding. We never discussed DI’D only the reality of my situation and how I was affected. One time after leaving my session with him I disappeared for three days and never knew where I had been. In that time i had seriously self harmed. I saw him after and he felt that I needed more than one session a week because the situation needed more input, but, he was unfortunately unable to offer me that so asked if it would be OK if I found another therapist. I went to another therapist. On my first meeting with him I felt a little uncomfortable but that was nothing unusual. The next meeting he spent the first 10 minutes staring at the floor saying nothing, until he realised I wasn’t going to break the silence. He wanted to discuss issues that I was unwilling to discuss as I didn’the know or trust him. After the 45 minutes the session was over. I left. The next time I saw him he again did the 10 min silent floor stare, this time I told him I didn’the apprieciate a therapeutic technique used on me. He angrily exclaimed that it wasn’t a technique, and how dare I question him he had 20 years experience in psychotheapy. After that he spoke for a while with me. Then strangely he asked me who he was talking to. Confused I said me why. He said I don’the think so, who am I talking to. I again said me. He said I think I am talking to another alter. I said you are talking to me. To which I got up and left. A year later I was admitted to hospital under, at first section 5, of the mental health act. Where my psychiatrist felt that I was possibly dealing with DID. I was in hospital under section 3 of the mental health act for eighteen months. I saw a Psychiatrist from another hospital in London who was a friend of my psychiatrist who he valued his opinion. who confirmed my psychiatrit’s diagnosis. My point in this discussion is to say that I am not a fickle, easily led individual who is so needy that they would be dragged down a path that was not my reality and I am pleased that you Sheila were not in that situation either. However, I do know my reality and that is a condition that has led me to lose time and self harm on many, many occasions and to hear voices in my head. Do I feel that DID is over diagnosed, yes and do I feel that more care should be employed by therapists, yes. Do I understand these people who can bring out a ‘alter’ on their command, no I personally believe if they can do that they can control it and therefore, how is this beneficial. Am I happy with my diagnosis, no because I hate my bizarre behaviour. However, I have had many diagnosis of schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder, and bipolar, yet if you were to examine my symptoms you would see that certain key elements in each of these diagnosis is missing in my pathology, yet as much as I hate it, I do have a clear pathology of DID. Not therapy created and not accepted by me happily or without question but, because that is the reality of my situation. I feel if you or any one could offer an alternative explanation please feel free to do so because i am always open to a disscusion of another, viewpoint.

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      • Well, if you truly believe you have DID, it doesn’t sound like there’s anything I could say or publish that you would consider useful. If you see a therapist who does not subscribe to unscientific treatments and stick with it, perhaps you will not have to be sick for decades or disappear from your babies for days on end.


        • Anonymous

           /  02/18/2017

          I absolutely understand what you are saying. However, you assume I have accepted a diagnosis without question and your assumption of my symptoms harps almost like Katie Hopkins, that the mentally ill some how have a choice. You are also sadly assuming that my therapist is somehow leading me down a path, which I feel is a great injustice to the many skilled aware therapist’s that are out there. I also re-evaluate my reality very often and discuss this with my therapist, who in no way reaffirms a diagnosis but explores what I am presenting with. If I was a victim of domestice violence (which i’m not) would you feel that a counsellor who works with me in a way of taking everything i say with a pinch of salt and reaffirms their more comfortable, reality to me, are they working beneficially for their client. Most individual’s with a did diagnosis has been in the mental health system for many years, obtaining diagnosis after diagnosis and medictation after medication. Not being listened to and spending many many years with unknown trauma. Just because a trauma is not remembered doesn’t mean it hasn’t seriously affected the individual, to suggest as some do, that somehow a therapist should not work with what is presented to them i feel is a little misunderstanding of the role of therapy. Also therapy for DID has come a long way over the last 20 years and even the therapist I saw who I ceased seeing because he was trying to, tell me something that wasn’t my reality, has trained and learned and even states now that his method of silence wasn’t useful to new clients. I think it is always useful to keep an open mind but, also remember that we are all unique and all have differing stories and my reality may not be yours and vice versa. I said that I would discuss anybodies alternative viewpoint, I am saddened that you felt that wasn’t the case, because I am I feel quite open minded but I do sense from your post an element of immovability, which you have tarred me with, and anger. I do not know where this anger comes from, but I wish you well in finding your way through it.



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