We Are Survivors 

This blog is dedicated to the tens of millions of adult survivors of child abuse and neglect who get up every day and try to work and function in a world that seems to not care about us.

Diane

Dissociative Disorders - Part 5

Before I present more documentation about child abuse and dissociation, I want to provide a little more background information. After the Civil War period, psychologists in France, namely Pierre Janet and Sigmund Freud, studied what was then termed hysteria. Pierre Janet believed that the traumatic event occurred in a setting of altered consciousness or trance state, and was not produced by the hysterical symptoms.

Diane

Dissociative Disorders - Part 3

This blog continues my discussion about child abuse and Dissociative Identity Disorder. This documentation appears near the end of the 1800s about another woman’s case of different personalities.

Diane

Dissociative Disorders - Part 2

One of the troubling aspects of the controversy about the legitimacy of multiple personalities/dissociative disorders is the notion that somehow therapists have fabricated or “implanted” memories into their client’s heads. The other issue bantered about is the issue of the rarity of the disorder. Since most child abuse survivors have never gone public, there is no real database compiled of everyone’s stories or experiences.

Diane

NIMH and Mental Healthcare Funding

The ethics of responsible conduct in research has been a long-term issue. In January 2002 the Association of American Medical Colleges approved a report by its task force stating: “Financial conflicts of interest of clinical investigators… [is] the single issue that poses the greatest threat to maintaining public trust in biomedical research.”1

Diane

Mental Diagnoses of Child Abuse Survivors-Part 2

This blog is a continuation of the discussion about mental disorders in “Mental Diagnoses of Child Abuse Survivors-Part 1.” It is important to understand the magnitude of the psychiatric illnesses survivors have to cope with on a daily basis to gain insight into the plight of America’s 50 million victims of abuse.


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