York conference pushes DID pseudo-science


Last week, the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD) held its 36th World Congress on Complex Trauma in New York. “Complex trauma”, for those not up on their pseudo-scientific dialect, is the psychiatric community’s code name for the iatrogenic psychiatric disorder formerly known as “multiple personality disorder”. These days it’s called dissociative identity disorder (DID), which sounds a bit more respectable to some ears.

We’ve talked before about the linkages between DID and allegations of Satanic ritual abuse—the theory being that only “extreme” child sexual abuse could possibly cause the victim’s mind to shatter into multiple fractional selves, known as “alters”, each created by the mind as a clever way to hive off certain of the victims’ memories, thus protecting them from having to experience unbearably overwhelming traumatic memories.

As a psychiatric theory, this makes virtually no sense, and violates everything we know about how…

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