Scott Mendelson Article Dissociative Identity Disorder: Fact or Fiction?
Here are two other very interesting articles on Dissociative Idetity "Disorder" that might be enlightening as to the "controversy" as to whether or not the condition is real or fake.
Aside from the "controversy" some will claim the disorder/condition is society created here in America. I beg to differ with that assessment. D.I.D. is created in isolation, in the bedroom or place of severe trauma, by the child due to adults and or perpetrators not acknowledging and adhering to societies healthy BOUNDARIES. i.e. it isn't a decent healthy behavior to forcefully rob a child of all clothing they wear, in order to rape them, and then tie them up and sexually assault them, torture them etc. It isn't appropriate mentally to allow a child to view pornography either. Or see, view or watch violence either. Yet constantly children are bombarded with sexuality of older people all the time, from commercials to movies, to the magazines on a store shelf that they visually view daily.
For those who disbelieve D.I.D. = it does exist; they that conclude otherwise (that it does not exist) are ignorant. For those who profess it is society induced, that is merely a half truth, but just the same, D.I.D. is in fact, at least a minority of persons who do have it = it is a reality for them. To say it isn't a real mental condition, is to minimize it, is to deny it, and it has always been arrogant of psychiatry to do so.
The developing human brain, is still as yet little understood. A child enduring such severe trauma, like that of any species of life, facing their death, will shut down, mentally speaking. Do they die? Were they supposed to die? But somehow, they manage to keep going.
Like a bird caught by a cat, and then freed w/o seemingly suffereing phsyical injury to itself, will sit in a tree, in shock, only to die ten minutes later, even though the bird is not bodily injured. The bird dies because its either mental or spiritual being cannot deal with the trauma.
What does a human child do, when he or she becomes the "prey" of an adult, who is stronger, smarter, more manipulative and aware of the environment, than the child?
The infant, child or very young person will 'freeze up' bodily too, ("flight or fight" response as they call it) they die inside; and so what is expected of the child after the Adult has tried to kill them, torment them, etc. Of course, some children endure, and live forward perfectly fine having went through a traumatic isolated incident of abuse, knowing what happened to them.
Some child(ren) may fracture and develop this condition called D.I.D. due to severe repeated trauma, subsequently experiencing severe repeated dissociative episodes. Then they grow up with the condition. It becomes 'normal' within their own being, to be fragmented.
Yet we have idiotic pseudo-psychiatric "professionals" vs. False Memory Syndrome Advocates etc then as today, claiming that D.I.D. is fake, and hearsay psychiatric-created. No one asks or desires to have D.I.D. or any other ailment in life. Most people with D.I.D. do not seek the label or the stigma either.
Some people "wish they have D.I.D." and those that really do have it, wish they didn't.
Hollywood has had an obsession with the condition. Either we were exotic, schizophrenic, serial killers or demon possessed.
Just look at the movies then or now, from Sybil, to Perks of Being a Wallflower, to United States of Tara, to Primal Fear, etc.
As for those that minimize, fake, or diminish D.I.D. perhaps like the Sybil Exposed book etc....well, they ought be ashamed over what they do. But they aren't. Because they have a purpose, a motivation, and an agenda to shove the reality of child sexual abuse into the closet again. Remember, in the mid 1970's child pornography was perfectly legal to make/create, distribute, and collect. All the way up to 1979! How many of those children, now adults, fractured into having D.I.D. is anyone's guess. At least some did develop "multiple personalities" ...
My sibling believes that they were abducted by aliens. I do not think that they were sexually abused (like I was) but then again, I wasn't always around, even if we were in the same household of abuse.
They do not substantiate that I was sexually abused, because they weren't physically always in my environment of abuses either, as children that we were, in the same household. Does that mean, the abuse did not happen, or does it mean that they had a different coping mechanism mentally than I did, at the time? Or that they just do no have the same memories that I do? Or does it mean, that I have false memories and he has real ones? I know what I endured. I wasn't abducted by aliens or programmed with false memories.
To claim that the personalities are merely "parts" of one person/human being is also to minimize, and to deny the very real impact of severe trauma(s) to the child.
1 body = one soul = 1 personality is the new rule of thumb because psychiatry is also derived of people that come from the CHURCH, at least in part. And we all know what the Catholic Priests been doing to little boys for generations, now don't we? So they have a purpose and an agenda to minimize the very real impact of victims of abuse, trauma, and torture at the hands of adult perpetrators.
Fight Club is merely that, a movie, a script. A whole lot of salt and little bit of pepper. A whole lot of wishful thinking, and a tiny grain of truth thrown in for good measure. Is it an accurate portrayal of D.I.D.? The answer is yes and no. Every person who has D.I.D. isn't necessarily going to experience their condition the same.
Colin Ross may seem like a quack,(he might even be one!) but there is a grain of truth of what he has studied and written about MPD/DID too. By this, I mean that he isn't completely correct in his assertions and claims, but then again, neither is he completely wrong either.
The person(s) that sue such "professional's" have their own reason(s) for doing so. Right along with their attorney(s) and their advocates in the False Memories Arena too. Who paid for all that litigation and lawsuit(s) by these alleged D.I.D. Clients against Ross and Braun? Of course, there was and is a financial motivation to keep a client in therapy; and there is a motivation to stay in therapy too, for a client to stay, for as long as they do. Again, it is about HEALTHY BOUNDARIES. Or the lack thereof.....