Buyer Beware: Diagnosing Children with Dissociative Identity Disorder (multiple personalities)

If you are new to the wacky world of Dissociative Identity Disorder and multiple personalities read on.

If you are a parent looking for help for your child or if you are an adolescent looking for information, know that this diagnosis and treatment has a laundry list of unscientific claims against it and is so steeped in controversy many in the field of psychiatry do not think it’s a real disorder, but one created by our society and perpetuated by therapists.

Please, read about the potential hazards of this mental malady and purchase health care armed with information instead of desperation.

The International Society for the Study of Trauma & Dissociation seems to have a conflict of interest in the research they publish in their Journal. It is disturbing to find out that the biggest expert psychiatrists in the field of trauma and multiple personalities are pumping out articles like this that may put children into the mental health care system for life and treated by whom? The very people who write and publish the articles! Buyer Beware.

Once again, this study took place at “a university”. What university? One with a history of diagnosing patients with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), or not? Why does this organization not disclose the name of the university?

Click here to review the list of the International Society for the Study of Trauma & Dissociation’s Editorial Board. It reads like a who’s who in the land of multiple personalities.

This article for sale for $37 US Dollars. What family working hard to keep their families fed have an extra $37 to pay for one article. Is this how information gets distributed, or a tactic to keep consumers uninformed and doctors in control? You decide.

Dissociative Identity Disorder Among Adolescents: Prevalence in a University Psychiatric Outpatient Unit

ABSTRACT

The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of dissociative identity disorder (DID) and other dissociative disorders among adolescent psychiatric outpatients.

Hundred-sixteen consecutive outpatients between 11 and 17 years of age who were admitted to the child and adolescent psychiatry clinic of a university hospital for the first time were evaluated using:

  • Adolescent Dissociative Experiences Scale,
  • Adolescent Version of the Child Symptom Inventory-4,
  • Childhood Trauma Questionnaire,
  • McMaster Family Assessment Device.

All patients were invited for an interview with Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV Dissociative Disorders (SCID-D) administered by two senior psychiatrists in a blind fashion. There was excellent inter-rater reliability between two clinicians on SCID-D diagnoses and scores.

Among 73 participants, thirty-three (45.2 %) had a dissociative disorder, twelve (16.4%) having DID and 21 (28.8%) dissociative disorder not otherwise specified. There was no difference on gender distribution, childhood trauma, and family dysfunction scores between dissociative and non-dissociative groups.

Childhood emotional abuse and family dysfunction correlated with self-reported dissociation. Of dissociative adolescents, 93.9% had an additional psychiatric disorder. Among them, only separation anxiety disorder was significantly more prevalent than controls.

While SCID-D is promising for diagnosing dissociative disorders in adolescents, its modest congruence with self-rating dissociation, and lack of relationship between diagnosis ande [sic] childhood trauma and family dysfunction suggest that the prevalence rates obtained with this instrument originally designed for adults require to be replicated. Introduction of diagnostic criteria for adolescent DID in revised versions of DSM-5 would refine the assessment of dissociative disorders in this age group.

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  1. mary gilson

     /  07/26/2014

    I believe that I may have a friend with this condition. It is difficult to know what to do. Thank you for these websites.

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