Canadian doctor’s scathing report on multiple-personality disorder: It should never have been included in the diagnostic manual

Dr. Paris, a Canadian psychiatrist, shouts voice of reason and reality. Multiple Personalities should never have been included in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) – the bible of psychiatry. Many others in the mental health care profession agree, but the American Psychological Association has too much invested in diagnosing multiple personalities to turn back now.


National Post Dec 9, 2012 11:13 PM ET

“With the latest edition of psychiatry’s diagnostic bible devoting a whole section to what used to be called multiple-personality disorder, a leading Canadian specialist has written off the controversial condition as an unscientific “fad” that should be abandoned entirely, sparking an angry retort from another expert.

In his scathing new critique, psychiatrist Dr. Joel Paris of McGill University argues the affliction now called dissociative identity disorder (DID) gained popularity among some psychiatrists in the 1980s and 1990s largely because of popular books and movies, the most famous of which — Sybil — he said has been exposed as a fraud.”

Linked to repressed memories of childhood sexual abuse and even of satanic ritual, the disorder is given little credence by the specialty today, Dr. Paris wrote. DID should never have been included in the upcoming fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V), concludes his journal paper. …”

Dr. David Spiegel who oversaw the new edition of the DSM ..”reacted angrily to Dr. Paris’s article, saying it unfairly disparages a field that enjoys mainstream acceptance.”

Dr. Spiegel’s father, Dr. Herbert Spiegel was the psychiatrist who saw Sybil when her treating psychiatrist, Dr. Cornelia Wilbur, was out of town. Dr. Herbert Spiegel is said to have disagreed with the diagnosis of multiple personalities in Sybil.

Dr. David Spiegel, a Stanford psychiatrist, “said as many as one in 100 people may suffer from DID — making it as common as schizophrenia.”

Doctors began diagnosing thousands of multiple-personality cases, and the number of journal papers soared from 39 in the 1970s to almost 400 in the 1990s, said the article. Psychiatrists theorized that the splintered personalities were caused by childhood abuse, memories of which could be recovered through counselling.

However, in Canada at least, DID is generally not paid much heed by specialists, said Dr. Donald Addington, chair of the Canadian Psychiatric Association.”

National Post

Origingal article by Tom Blackwell Retrieved  12/10/12. Read more

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