I found the article below on a blog, Trauma and Dissociation, that appears to be a branch of the International Society for the Study of Trauma & Dissociation (ISSTD) although the blog does not openly reveal it. I wonder why?
For several decades, the ISSTD has been propelling and selling the concept of Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), formerly Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD). They do not include the fact that DID remains a controversial diagnosis and treatment option for trauma.
I wonder why proponents of DID usually ignore the capacity of the human spirit’s resilience when referring to the disorder of multiple personalities. The blog addresses Dissociative Disorders as a large umbrella, and perhaps it is not specifically referring to DID.
The author, Sara Staggs, states: “What was this training like? Surprisingly short!” I’ve never read about someone being treated for multiple personalities, or DID, in a short period of time. The concept of short does not apply when being treated for Dissociative Identity Disorder. Rather, treatment for DID is a long as it gets often finding patients in treatment for decades, or for a lifetime.
The article by Staggs also addresses learned helplessness which is a large component of treatment for multiple personalities/parts therapy/inner child and others. It’s not a rare occurrence for a competent woman holding a job, for example, to be reduced to a blabbering infant or child personality who needs to hug stuffed animals and watch children’s videos to calm herself during treatment. Many people receiving treatment for Dissociative Identity Disorder end up on public assistance while therapy progresses over endless years, decades, and often a lifetime which is anything but resilient.
Staggs states: “Empirical studies in this field are relatively new, but it’s encouraging to find that resilience can be learned to help one deal with future stressors.”
Is the International Society for the Study of Trauma & Dissociation failing to let the public know that their main focus is Dissociative Identity Disorder and multiple personalities which remains a controversial diagnosis? Buyer Beware.