The scientific status of childhood dissociative identity disorder by G.A. Boysen

Arguments for and against the existence of multiple personalities and dissociative identity disorder will undoubtedly continue into the 22nd Century … and beyond.
Psychological science, or lack thereof, regarding multiple personalities and dissociative identity disorder continues to lack substantial evidence although a growing body of literature and studies supporting the diagnosis would have you belive otherwise.
Psychiatric casualties, aka patients, of the psychotherapeutic process used to treat multiple personalities and dissociative identity disorder continue to increase yet that fact does not deter therapists from selling this ridiculous psychotherapy to vulnerable people – nor does the pile-up of psychiatric casualties inflict the slightest desire for the American Psychological Association to take this psychotherapy-product off the market.
Too much money, prestige and power are at stake for the Psychotherapy Monster to turn back now.
The article below refers to multiple personaltieis in children and supports what I just said.
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The scientific status of childhood dissociative identity disorder: a review of published research.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Dissociative identity disorder (DID) remains a controversial diagnosis due to conflicting views on its etiology. Some attribute DID to childhood trauma and others attribute it to iatrogenesis. The purpose of this article is to review the published cases of childhood DID in order to evaluate its scientific status, and to answer research questions related to the etiological models.

METHODS:

I searched MEDLINE and PsycINFO records for studies published since 1980 on DID/multiple personality disorder in children. For each study I coded information regarding the origin of samples and diagnostic methods.

RESULTS:

The review produced a total of 255 cases of childhood DID reported as individual case studies (44) or aggregated into empirical studies (211). Nearly all cases (93%) emerged from samples of children in treatment, and multiple personalities was the presenting problem in 23% of the case studies. Four US research groups accounted for 65% of all 255 cases. Diagnostic methods typically included clinical evaluation based on Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder criteria, but hypnosis, structured interviews, and multiple raters were rarely used in diagnoses.

CONCLUSION:

Despite continuing research on the related concepts of trauma and dissociation, childhood DID itself appears to be an extremely rare phenomenon that few researchers have studied in depth. Nearly all of the research that does exist on childhood DID is from the 1980s and 1990s and does not resolve the ongoing controversies surrounding the disorder.

*bold type in “conclusion section” by blogger.

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  1. Altus

     /  10/17/2012

    Valerie Sinason recently showed up in a reprint book by one of her patients. Interesting thing is this little recap shows Valerie in action attributing what realistically could be alcohol induced blackouts to DID. Of course the poor woman became convinced she was DID after six years with Valarie. Pity “The Atlantic” picked this up. I think because her reprint was by an academic publisher, it slid in under the radar. Feel free to go comment on her new reprint Amazon release page (the title is included in the article)…the public should be informed.

    http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2012/10/i-share-my-body-with-20-personalities/263471/#

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    • The Atlantic? Gees, what happened to literary work?

      Do you have any idea how many women will find this to validate their suspicions?

      I trust they will allow me a rebuttal.

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  2. avalon111

     /  10/15/2012

    Always a particular touchy subject for DID-MPD advocates.

    Following the theory that sustained and serious abuse is instantly forgotten we should see thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands of children with DID-MPD across the world. The Democratic Republic of Congo for instance, where child rape and abuse have become established as almost routine in the last 10 years should be seeing it amongst its population to a huge degree. Even US schoolteachers should be seeing it, even irregularly. Going by the ‘cartoon DID’ displays we see on YouTube, DID-MPD is impossible to hide, and manifestly would be a clear giveaway of something seriously awry with a child.

    Except…

    The darn thing just can’t be found. 255 instances with 65 % of the instances divided between 4 research teams across two decades is not statistically significant – particularly for a diagnosis where iatrogenesis is accepted by the likes of Connie Wilbur as being a regular cause, and even Christine Sizemore-Cooper has made it clear that some MPD-DID ‘survivors’ are just out for fame.

    So where are the MPD-DID children?

    The British psychotherapist and enthusiastic satanic ritual abuse myth advocate Valerie Sinason reckons they can be found, and the problem is just that therapists don’t ask the right questions.

    That explanation seems absurd – DID-MPD isn’t a a hidden condition, as typified by the willingness of many ‘survivors’ to broadcast their squeaky voices, cuddly toys and ‘blankeys’ on YouTube. Even in a class of misbehaving schoolchildren, a DID-MPD ‘survivor’ of satanic ritual abuse/CIA mind-control experiments/alien-Illuminati-assassin-training-during-the-school-holidays is going to stand-out like a sore thumb, although the unifying feature of DID-MPD ‘survivors’ is they don’t have external or injuries injuries, let alone a sore thumb – unlike the severe and long-term injuries of adults subjected to gross and sustained sexual abuse in childhood (and who weren’t able to instantly and magically forget about the experience.)

    In response to this conundrum (where are the DID-MPD children?) the MPD-DID industry has taken several approaches throughout recent decades. The initial response was to simply accuse the questioner/skeptic of being a pedophile/satanist/CIA agent/alien/tool of the Illuminati. That approach doesn’t rightly work anymore, though it isn’t too hard to provoke a religious fundamentalist or feminist advocate for the industry to accuse you of such in-person or in writing.

    Today though this difficult question is invariably answered with…silence. Because unfortunately there is only one logical explanation and that explanation isn’t one the industry has any desire to listen-to. A more reasonable answer is ‘because we haven’t found them yet’ – but that answer of course exposes the simple fact that the MPD-DID industry isn’t looking anymore – certainly even the ISSTD – a firm supporter for the SRA Myth and MPD-DID – doesn’t clamour for research funds to instigate a nationwide search for MPD-DID children.

    If such children don’t exist and you know they don’t exist, why bother looking for them?

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    • According to MPD/DID theories, yes the mental malady is prevelant worldwide – it’s just that other countries have yet to diagnose it.

      If we can keep Western countries, particulary the US from invading the psychological realms of other countries, MPD/DID will not spread in the manner that AIDS did.

      Unfortunately, there are too many over zealous therapists hell bent to save the world.

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