Diane

Dissociative Disorders - Part 17

About five years ago the state of New York, like other states have done in the past, tried to extend the Statute of Limitations allowing child abuse survivors to sue their long-protected abusers. As usual, they ran into tough resistance from, you guessed it, the Catholic Church. And who did they have as their strong ally? Paul McHugh from Johns Hopkins. But he has been their ally for a long time. Let’s look at some relevant articles.

Diane

Dissociative Disorders - Part 16

In my last discussion, Dissociative Disorders - Part 15, I talked about the media’s focus on presenting misleading information about the reality of multiple personalities and the impact on therapists who treat patients with this disorder. I would have preferred that Mike Wallace talk about how therapists were being targeted and harassed simply for doing what they were trained to do—treat adult survivors of child abuse who were displaying dissociative symptoms.

Diane

Dissociative Disorders - Part 12

To continue my discussion about Paul McHugh’s misguided attempts to thwart the treatment of adult survivors of child abuse who are diagnosed with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), I will quote an article he wrote in 1993 representing Johns Hopkins Medical Center.

Diane

Dissociative Disorders - Part 7

It is important that a sampling of the multiple personality studies from the past be made public because this documentation directly relates to issues affecting child abuse survivors today – over 100 years later. This process is lengthy, but so much of the coverage in the media about multiple personalities and the long-term effects of child abuse has been distorted – particularly as it relates to the Dissociative Disorders. The coverage has mainly been one-sided without any respect for how we, as survivors, are impacted.

Diane

Dissociative Disorders - Part 6

The observed behaviors of people with multiple personalities as has been discussed in this series, was not new to the psychiatric community. They have been documented and referred to by many people wanting to understand this disorder. In Dr. Corbett Thigpen’s book, The Three Faces of Eve, he states: