The United Kingdom based Mental Health Foundation, according to their website, “is a service improvement charity finding new ways of looking at mental health and improving the lives of people experiencing mental illness for more than sixty years. The vision is to help us all live mentally healthier lives and our mission is to help people survive, recover from and prevent mental health problems.”
The scope of what constitutes mental illness is wide. For example, depression can be environmentally based, like when a loved one dies, or depression can be biologically based, both, or neither. How long is it OK to experience depression while mourning and when is depression considered chronic and debilitating and in need of medical attention?
This year I am adding to the educational component of Mental Health Awareness Week by challenging you to investigate what type of psychotherapy you are receiving (or searching for) to find out if what you purchase is based on science or only the “clinical observations” of psychotherapists. Are you buying mental health care that has proven effective, of short duration, at an affordable price? Or is it is long, arduous, expensive, and with scant results?
Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), or multiple personalities, is a diagnosis and therapeutic intervention that has little, if any, scientific evidence proving its effectiveness. Unlike most psychiatric treatment, DID is steeped in controversy because many providers, researchers, as well as former patients and their families conclude that multiple personalities are no more than a product of the therapeutic relationship between client and therapist – or iatrogenically produced. An example of iatrogenic illness is like going to the hospital to have a broken leg fixed and leaving with a fixed leg + a chest cold. If not for the fact that you were in a hospital, you would not have developed a cold – this is an iatrogenic condition.
In my case, I had no evidence of other selves or personalities prior to treatment for depression. While in therapy, however, I developed symptoms of Dissociative Identity Disorder because my psychiatrist was considered an expert in this field, and unknowingly I embarked on lengthily and traumatic treatment that cost me and my insurance company over one million dollars, yes that’s $1,000,000 US dollars, or 726300.00 EUR, 591800.00 GBP, 1066400.00 AUD, or 1088500.00 CAD. If that doesn’t make you choke, maybe you need more information about treatment for Dissociative Identity Disorder and multiple personalities.
There is no consensus among therapists who treat multiple personalities, assumed to be based on childhood sexual abuse that is often blocked from the patient’s awareness. Treatment for Dissociative Identity Disorder is documented to be a lengthily process spanning years, decades, and often a lifetime. The expenditure of personal monies, insurance coverage, and public funds allocated for mental health treatment scantly based on science, with little or no evidence of its effectiveness, is profane and an obscene abuse of public trust.
Copyright Jeanette Bartha