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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 15

In 1997, the issue of multiple personalities was discussed by the national media. As usual, it was not helpful at all for the millions of adult survivors of child abuse or the therapists who treat them. Paul McHugh was selected by 60 Minutes to talk about this issue, I guess because he was the Chief of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins. Once again, the millions of viewers were presented with McHugh’s diatribe and insulting rhetoric about one of our trauma disorders.1

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Dissociative Disorders - Part 13

The 1990s was a time when the ugliness of those who wanted to protect child molesters really reared its head. Not only was it unbelievable what they were doing, but also that the media believed their ridiculous banter hook, line, and sinker. And who bears the brunt, even to this day, for their brazen and hideous behavior? Adult survivors of child abuse and therapists. Here is a sampling of what went on about 20 years ago.

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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.

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Dissociative Disorders - Part 11

An important name as it relates to the issue of multiple personalities begins to appear in the early 1990s – Dr. Paul McHugh at Johns Hopkins Medical Center. The following are excerpts of two articles. The first is an article in the Baltimore Sun in 1990.