We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I have considerable agreement. Early in my career, a psychiatrist and a psychologist I greatly respected were discussing at lunch whether either of them had ever seen a MPD that was not therapist-induced. They could not come up with even one between them. We all have some trouble integrating the various parts of our personality together, and those who have had neglectful or traumatic childhoods have a more difficult time. But increasing the fragmentation by encouraging it, giving portions a name, and interpreting for the patient is damaging.
As another psychiatrist said, the said part of MPD is that the pieces add up to less than one. I have not seen anyone come in with a claim of MPD in over a decade. Our standard practice is is to defer discussion of said personalities by admitting sadly that much of our staff has little expertise with the condition, and the patient will do better if she can designate one personality to speak for the others while she is with us. This encourages integration and gets us out of pointless arguments.
Dissociative Identity Disorder was a bit of an escape move diagnostically, but it has the advantage of describing along a continuum and giving an alternative explanation other than full personalities. It is rather fuzzy around the edges, and we discourage its use in favor of the more measurable PTSD symptoms. I think this whole cluster, which is strongly associated with Borderline, Histrionic, and some other PD/O's with continue to evolve diagnostically as we find more brain-measurables.
MPD diagnosis also had a strong regional component around here. The closer one got to a certain famous and august private psych hospital, the more multiples one would find. This remains pronounced enough that if I even hear of someone having the diagnosis I guess - with remarkable accuracy - that they are over forty and come from the SW portion of NH. Quite a coincidence, eh?
Assistant VIllage Idiot
My life was destroyed by the so called "Hidden Memory" of my child. My wife felt a psychiatrist was the best way to handle our mildly disruptive 5 year old boy. I went along but eventually found myself at the center of allegations that I abused him. I alway thought the psychiatrist was at the core of this but could not prove it. Well, 30 years later I was finally exonerated. My son has admitted be put up to the allegations by the so called doctor. They both got more attention and thats what is was all about. I spent 16 years in prison, my wife divorced me and refused to allow me to see my children. Today my son feels horrible guilt and his mother refuses to believe him now. I was marked forever. My life has been one of seclusion. 5 lives scared all because of quack science promoted by a charlatan class of doctors.
Unfortunately, you were not the only one who damaged by this fakery. Nobody thought to ask why people in concentration camps didn't repress their memories. That requires thinking and putting agendas aside, I suppose.
And effectively it's still going on, except now it's mostly "ADHD" and a "autism" (both of which can indeed occur but are diagnosed way too easily just to have an excuse to drug a child into a stupor for years and rake in the cash from more consultations and drugs prescriptions).
That is so sad, Mr. Rattso.
I work real hard keeping a neighborhood drop in center open for the youth of the community to hang out, meet people and have fun. Due to the fear that has pervaded so much of our society due to false allegations and those rare actual ones, my hardest job is getting the young people to show up. So many of them have been raised indoors, they meet most of their friends online.