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Dissociative Identity Disorder - Drawing the Line Between Fact and Fiction - Bethany Brand

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Dissociative Identity Disorder - Drawing the Line Between Fact and Fiction - Bethany Brand

Post by felicity on 2/12/2015, 10:03 pm

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/talking-about-trauma/201405/did-drawing-the-line-between-fact-and-fiction



     

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Re: Dissociative Identity Disorder - Drawing the Line Between Fact and Fiction - Bethany Brand

Post by MultipleMe on 2/13/2015, 1:42 pm

Interesting article - haven't heard or read something by someone addressing "faking" DID vs. true DID. I think it would be pretty obvious to an established T who is trained to work with trauma and/or DID to see when it is real vs. not. So obviously she is referring to any clinician that may not have trauma experience.

Thanks for sharing - what did you think of it?
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Re: Dissociative Identity Disorder - Drawing the Line Between Fact and Fiction - Bethany Brand

Post by justme on 2/13/2015, 2:05 pm

Interesting...
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Re: Dissociative Identity Disorder - Drawing the Line Between Fact and Fiction - Bethany Brand

Post by felicity on 2/13/2015, 3:02 pm

She is referring to 'faking' as how the FMSF use it -

In order to better understand what she is 'saying', you have to have background on the False Memory Syndrome Foundation - which, this year at the conference, we are going to have a few speakers really talk about the history of the FMFS, what notions they have sent out into the media since 1990 when they became active, who they are, why they went about trying to disprove DID - and discredit anyone who has it, treats it or researches it - and, mostly how that has affected our ability to get good therapy - in essence, therapists tend to run scared that treating DID will get them sued or harassed by this group who is no longer even barely active - except as internet trolls.  But, it did happen to therapists in the 90's.

Brand has taken the term 'iatrogenic DID' from the promoters of FMSF  'coined terms' - which according to the FMSF is 'faking DID' - because... well, they want the public to believe that all folks with DID are faking.  

In a way, this is helpful, because researchers now spend time demonstrating through research that there really is no such thing as 'faking DID' - as the FMSF try to promote.  DID is a 'real', common, outcome of early childhood abuse and trauma.  

This article is trying to reach those who have fallen under the 'spell' of the FMSF - (a group who never have had any scientific research at all to back their claims).  Though they do have some pretty powerful folks who have always belonged to the FMSF and who have spent many years writing lots of rhetoric, threatening clinicians, suing clinicians for 'implanting memories'  and creating parts in their clients, and providing defense for abusers accused of child abuse, etc.  Their 'believers' just went through a lawsuit with Castlewood Treatment Center - which put a current little notch in their belt - and more fear into therapists.

So, just as survivors do - clinicians and supporters all have access to the same information - what the FMSF promotes as well as research that people like the ISST-D promote.  This causes the notion - promoted by the FMSF - that there is some sort of controversy of whether DID is a 'real' condition or not.  

Unbelievably, there are many who take the side of the FMSF and believe that all folks with DID are 'fakers'.  And, some of those drs. advertise themselves as DID specialists.  One such person, near me, Dr. August Piper, Jr., MD. promotes himself here as a DID specialist.  He wrote the book, from which the FMSF folks constantly quote, "Hoax or Reality - The Bizarre World of Multiple Personality Disorder."  One of my friends was just referred to him as a good pdoc for her.  I also had him as a pdoc when I was in h.  He was abusive and intolerable.  Made fun of me the whole time that I was there.  He promotes that his patients are faking and 'should get a life'.  Scary dude - He is not an expert - in fact has never researched like the ISST-D experts do - he only writes his opinion - thinking because he is an MD - his word alone is evidence.  Not.  His book - like most of their stuff - was written in the 90's.  

So, for instance one of my son takes the notions of the FMSF as true - I am faking and need to get a 'real' doctor/therapist who can help me 'get over it'.

When Brand is saying that the 'word' needs to get out, I believe that she is saying that the research showing that DID cannot be faked needs to get to all of the therapists, survivors, and supporters of survivors -

One needs to understand that the FMSF is powerful in name and funding - they use the media to get their word out - and, they have deep pockets.  The ISST-D survives on donations - it takes a lot of work with little money to get the true story and research out there - conferences being one way that can be very effective - if we can even afford to get everyone to them.  The clinicians need to see this research soon - they are taught from textbooks the FMSF crap - (sorry, but it is) - it will take time for the scientific research to get to the textbooks.  We need therapists who are trained on current research NOW - and those who have DID need to know that the research shows that it 'can't be faked' - as do the clinicians.

This is the very reason that we have the conference.

Like she said in the article:  
brand wrote:It is important that we are careful not to classify trauma patients as groups of liars or merely making all this up. There is considerable research showing that this condition is real and that most memories of trauma are generally accurate.

Two experts in this area will be presenting a comprehensive, historical workshop on the FMSF at our next conference (Oct. 16-18th, 2015)- so more people understand them.  I think that this will help to cast away some ridiculous notions about DID that stemmed from a group who defends child abusers and sues/harasses therapists who treat DID clients.

Our speakers where and will be this year trained on current research in the area of DID.  We want everyone to know that they are not faking, that clinicians are interested in getting the truth and learning to treat DID clients without fear, and that supporters know the truth about DID -

'We' are a part of all of this - whether we like it or not - sorry to say.  We know the truth.  I know that I am multiple - I know that my therapist didn't implant memories in my brain or 'make me' DID - and, my memories are basically real.  My t has not 'hurt' me in anyway by treating me for DID - in fact, she has helped me.  The research proves all of this - and, in the psychiatric community - this research is invaluable and creates  a place for us to feel safe and not ridiculed by folks like the FMSF.  

Well.. I hope that was explained properly - if I misspoke, I do apologize.   That is what I got out of the article.

And.... I totally agree.  Most of our experts in the field of trauma and dissociation are here to train and speak to younger therapists who will take over the job of being the experts for the next generations - we need them - as will younger trauma survivors.  We need to get this research out there to the public and the professionals.  We need the dx to continue being a part of the DSM or we will have NO access to care.  Right?



     

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Re: Dissociative Identity Disorder - Drawing the Line Between Fact and Fiction - Bethany Brand

Post by susy16 on 2/13/2015, 8:03 pm

I can't think of one other diagnosis that people believe is fake. It is why so many of us use PTSD or anxiety or other terms instead of DID. It has so much skepticism behind it, you are afraid to use the term. My situation was fortunate in that I ended up with a marriage and family therapist with a specialty in trauma and 12 years experience. However, she had never treated DID because at her therapy center, her supervisor was the DID expert. It took me three or four months of seeing her before my real story started coming out. Now three years later she says if she wouldn't have seen it with her own eyes she wouldn't have believed what DID, really looks like. That you really do act differently, mentally, physically, spiritually. She and her supervisor say the opposite of the protestors and believe there are many patients misdiagnosed with bipolar, and other type illnesses that are really DID. She has treated me using her own years of experience in trauma, and says she does not believe in the cookie cutter type therapy she has read about for DID. She also has a past history of horrible trauma from an accident that has allowed her to be so understanding. She very much listens to my internal self helper for guidance and we also discuss this forum and suggestions posted to me as a guide for my therapy. So I do have hope that there is a new generation that believe in DID and are committed to finding the best ways to treat it. This forum and your conferences are invaluable in the fight to keep us all strong in our ability to accept and acknowledge our DID without hiding in fear.

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Re: Dissociative Identity Disorder - Drawing the Line Between Fact and Fiction - Bethany Brand

Post by MultipleMe on 2/14/2015, 8:14 am

I have a close friend who is in a PhD program in Los Angeles, and she wants to study how trauma affects the brain. She said she was influenced a lot by my situation - we lived together as roommates when I was diagnosed. She tells me that, at least at her school, the take is that dissociation is a very real result of trauma. They may not go as far as to say that DID is common - yet - but most profs and clinicians there are beginning to see the connections. Like there is too much evidence to support DID available to ignore it now. Like maybe before in the 90's, there wasn't enough research being done to support the experiences.

The question I have is what about those cases we hear about in the media of extreme abuse and captivity? There was a case here in California in my area not too long ago about a boy who walked into a fitness center looking for help that had been held captive by really inhumane means - all of his life. What about other cases? Like Elizabeth Smart, Michelle Knight, Jaycee Lee Dugard, etc? These brave women were not very young, but surely there cases and others like them can bring attention to dissociation/effects of trauma?

I'm glad more conversations are happening out there. And that we have a conference where dialog can happen between clinicians and survivors. It is a great opportunity!
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Re: Dissociative Identity Disorder - Drawing the Line Between Fact and Fiction - Bethany Brand

Post by felicity on 2/19/2015, 9:34 am

Yes, like our conference is not all just for those with DID, but all trauma survivors - everyone is effected by trauma - PTST. My thought is that something horrible like that may even be more traumatic for someone not DID, because they don't have such an ability to dissociate - right? Just pondering this.



     

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