The diagnosis of Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), commonly known as multiple personalities, has again demonstrated it can be a dangerous psychotherapeutic practice as evidenced by the murder/suicide of a grandmother claiming to have multiple personalities who killed her grandsons in Connecticut, a small state northeast of New York City.
Many women are unknowingly swept into believing the legitimacy of the Dissociative Identity Disorder diagnosis, and subsequent long-term treatment, because it is sanctioned by the Psychology Industry. DID is said to be caused by forgotten, or buried memories, of childhood sexual abuse that is inaccessible from consciousness – often for decades. Treatment is arduous, intense, and has repeatedly shown to destabilize patient wellness and ability to function in society.
The extreme violence that sometimes occurs in homes of women formally diagnosed with Dissociative Identity Disorder by a licensed mental-health practitioner is similar to the violence exhibited by people who self-diagnose themselves with alter selves or multiple personalities. Both groups report in chat rooms and Internet forums open to the public, that they lead chaotic and emotionally unstable lives fraught with a plethora of dysfunctional behaviors and a pervasive inability to control emotions that often lead to routine crisis – one of them being acting out towards significant others as evidenced by the grandmother who took the lives of her grandsons.
Although the psychiatric malady of DID is steeped in controversy the governing bodies in the United States, namely the American Psychiatric Association and the American Psychological Association, have not banned the diagnosis or the ensuing treatment. These organizations do little to police its membership in a reasonable and consistent manner that ensures patient safety.
The article below contains a few misconceptions about Dissociative Identity Disorder that warrant attention. Clinically, this psychiatric malady is not referred to as split personality although it is one of the most recognized terms used to describe multiple personalities by laypersons.
Medical Examiner Rules Boys’ Deaths Homicide; Grandmother Suicide
NORTH STONINGTON, Connecticut, USA — — “The state medical examiner’s office confirmed Friday that the cause of death of Alton and Ashton Perry, the two boys shot by their grandmother on Tuesday, was homicide.”
“Their grandmother, Debra Denison, 47, died of a gunshot wound to the head. Her cause of death was suicide, the medical examiner said.”
Denison, 47, “suffered from DID, which is split-personality disorder,” Robert White, Jeremy Perry’s uncle, said Thursday. Denison had been in remission for 17 months and had been cleared by a physician, he said.
“DID, or dissociative identity disorder, was once known as multiple personality disorder [where] two or more separate and distinct identities control a person’s behavior at different times.”
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