reblogging this, which includes lots of evidence – will this continue to be another coverup?
- Ritual Abuse: Convictions and Evidence the media hide and deny (tellaboutabuse.wordpress.com)
- Childhood Abuse and Dissociative Disorders (tellaboutabuse.wordpress.com)
- Rochdale Over 20 Years Ago (tellaboutabuse.wordpress.com)
- Networks Of Fear (theneedleblog.wordpress.com)
- Evidence of Satanic Ritual Abuse in Utah 2013, Washington police accused of ‘disturbing’ failures to investigate rape, rape victim accused of lying and jailed, wins $1.5m payout
- About ritual abuse (HopeSurvivors.org.uk)
So much misinformation and misunderstanding exist about DID and schizophrenia – many studies show they both affect around 1% of the population world-wide, yet schizophrenia is diagnosed more often whereas DID takes an average of 6 years of obvious symptoms until diagnosis.
A key difference here is that the only known cause of Dissociative Identity Disorder however is extreme childhood abuse beginning at a young age, this history exists in around 95% of those diagnosed with DID. DID is one of a range of Dissociative Disorders: including Dissociative Amnesia, Dissociative Fugue, Depersonalization Disorder and Dissociative Disorder not otherwise specified.
While both psychotic episodes/schizophrenia and dissociative identity disorder commonly feature hearing voices these typically appear external with schizophrenia and internal with DID (i.e. thoughts).
Mood disorders are not part of the diagnostic criteria for DID and can be very much a red herring. Signs of amnesia are key though – forgetting things like who people are, not recognizing familiar places, not knowing always what the year is, finding thing they don’t remember buying, contradicting themselves in conversation and then denying it.
With DID symptoms of PTSD are very common, dissociative amnesia and of course the absence of the thought disorders found in psychosis/schizophrenia. With DID having very childlike emotions or behaviors is also a key indicator.
DID – all these criteria to be met
A. Disruption of identity characterized by two or more distinct personality states or an experience of possession. This involves marked discontinuity in sense of self and sense of agency, accompanied by related alterations in effect, behavior, consciousness, memory, perception, cognition, and/or sensory-motor functioning. These signs and symptoms may be observed by others or reported by the individual.
B. Recurrent gaps in the recall of everyday events, important personal information, and/or traumatic events that are inconsistent with ordinary forgetting.
C. The symptoms cause clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning.
D. The disturbance is not a normal part of a broadly accepted cultural or religious practice. (Note: In children, the symptoms are not attributable to imaginary playmates or other fantasy play.)
E. The symptoms are not attributable to the direct physiological effects of a substance (e.g., blackouts or chaotic behavior during Alcohol Intoxication) or another medical condition (e.g., complex partial seizures).
Specify if: With prominent non-epileptic seizures and/or other sensory-motor (functional neurologic) symptoms
The SCIDD screening tool, which needs training to apply, is a reliable diagnostic tool for DID.
Alternative and excellent diagnostic criteria exist in A new model for DID by Paul Dell (see page 10), this also totally refutes the iatrogenic theory of DID.
Schizophrenia is characterized by delusions, hallucinations, disorganized speech and behavior, and other symptoms that cause social or occupational dysfunction.
For a diagnosis, symptoms must have been present for six months and include at least two active symptoms over at least one month.
A spectrum of Schizophrenia and Psychotic disorders exist, including Delusional, Schizo-affective and Catatonia.
Schizo-affective disorder includes a mood disorder, I’ve heard it informally described as bipolar with schizophrenia.
These vary a great deal, which is why diagnosis is so key. Anti-psychotics will not improve dissociative symptoms for example.
Long-term psychotherapy and trauma work is the recommended treatment for DID, anti-depressants may help if depression or anxiety are present, although interestingly they will not affect all personality parts in the same way.
- A new Model of DID Paul Dell http://www.researchgate.net/publication/7247074_A_new_model_of_dissociative_identity_disorder/file/9fcfd50fd969ee7029.pdf is an excellent description of what to look for in DID (page 10).
- A summary of Dissociation and Psychosis in Dissociative Identity Disorder and Schizophrenia by Laddis and Dell is here: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/15299732.2012.664967
More information here (thanks to the commenter who suggested this):
- Childhood Abuse and Dissociative Disorders (tellaboutabuse.wordpress.com)
- Growing Not Dwindling: Worldwide Phenomenon of Dissociative Disorders, Disinformation About Dissociation Dr Joel Paris’s Notions About Dissociative Identity Disorder (tellaboutabuse.wordpress.com)
- Schizophrenia Myths and Facts (everydayhealth.com)
- ICD-10 criteria for Multiple Personality Disorder http://apps.who.int/classifications/apps/icd/icd10online/?gf40.htm+f448
- more Dissociation: (ptsdawayout.com)
- Schizophrenia (ingenuespeaks.wordpress.com)
- Is Schizophrenia Truly a Lifelong Illness? (everydayhealth.com)
– Blind to Betrayal Preface
– Blind to Betrayal – Chapter 1
– Speaking Our Truth Chapter Discusses Jennifer Freyd’s presentation at a professional conference “Personal and Theoretical Perspectives on the Delayed Memory Debate.”
– Recidivism: How often do Child Molesters go on to Reoffend?
Blind to Betrayal The Book
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have you seen this?
what did you think?
The Ricki Lake Show – Stolen Childhoods
Victims of child abuse overcome a turbulent childhood.
April 10 – As a Hollywood actress and filmmaker, Angela Shelton was living a charmed life, but also hiding a dark secret.
Starting at age three, Angela endured years of sexual abuse at the hands of her father and stepmother. In an effort to find healing and regain pieces of her stolen childhood, she set-off cross country to make a rather unusual documentary which became “Finding Angela Shelton.” As her process of healing continued, she teamed up with the Baby Einstein Team to create safety videos for children and wrote Surviving Sexual Violence: A Guide to Recovery and Empowerment.
The conference, “Failure to Protect: Institutional Response to Child Sexual Abuse,” organized by Professor Phebe Haugen, featured experts from diverse institutions and organizations, who explored the successes and failures of churches, schools, residential settings…
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The damage caused by child abuse
Mental health problems are often caused by childhood abuse, so raising awareness of mental health problems can help people recover and heal from such abuse. It has also been shown that survivors of abuse do sometimes become abusers, and that recovering from the own abuse is key to preventing this.
Common psychiatric diagnoses that often result from Child Abuse include Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder (which often has roots in emotional neglect) and Dissociative Disorders.
Why do people try to denying the damage?
This blog post raises awareness of Dr‘s attempt to dismiss Dissociative Disorders, which would both deny people treatment and reduce awareness of the abuse which cause the disorders.
His article suggested that one particular disorder – Dissociative Identity Disorder was a ‘fad’, despite it’s inclusion in the DSM psychiatric manual for several decades.
A letter in response to his article, written by specialists is Dissociative Disorders can be found http://eassurvey.wordpress.com/2013/04/04/growing-not-dwindling-worldwide-phenomenon-of-dissociative-disorders-disinformation-about-dissociation-dr-joel-pariss-notions-about-dissociative-identity-disorder/
What is the reality here?
I did some research and here are some simple figures from Google Scholar which show the number of articles (excluding patents) covering the two main dissociative disorders. Sadly Google Scholar only gives approximate numbers rather than exact ones, it says ‘About 193’ for instance. It all got rather complicated so here is the graph of the results looking at articles for each 5 year period since 1998.
Basically, these results back of the findings of the letter I’m blogging about.
In the last 5 years 2,270 out of 3130 academic articles on “dissociative identity disorder” have also included abuse, over 70%, again refuting Dr Paris’s assumptions.
So I looked at the last 5 years of academic papers written by Joel Paris, 240 appeared, none of those on the first page had a heading with Dissociative or Dissociation in it. Search for “Joel Paris” Dissociative for the last five years gave only two results with Dissociative in the title – the letter I’m blogging about, and the original article.
Not exactly his key interest then.
Some explanation of using Google Scholar in my research…
“Dissociative Identity Disorder” found about 1,920 between 1990 and 2000, increasing to 5,320 articles between 2000 and 2010.
I thought this might be a bit of an unfair search since it used to be known as “Multiple Personality Disorder” and is still called them in the main international psychiatric manual, and was called that in the older versions of the DSM manual, so I searched for that term instead, and found about 4740 results between 1990 and 2000, and about 5840 results from 2000 to 2010 – so still an increase despite the term being rarely used now.
The next disorder in severity is known as “
The DDNOS results from about 193 to 396 results over the same periods.
In the end I just went back and searched in 5 year periods, from 2013 backwards.
No matter how many ways I looked at the data the rise in diagnosis was clear, as was the number of articles now focused on treatment rather than questioning the evidence and cause of dissociative disorders.
Please share this to raise awareness of those working against child abuse awareness.
- Growing not Dwindling – the Worldwide Phenomenon of Dissociative Disorders
- Discussing Dissociation (Kathy Broady)
- What is Dissociation? (manyfoggydays.wordpress.com)
- Confusion (trublue20.wordpress.com)
- Wellness Wednesday: Demystifying PTSD (rhachellenicol.com)
Read here about the history of Child Abuse Laws and policy in the United States.
New York City was the first place to bring in child abuse laws, after the dreadful abuse of Mary Ellen was discovered in 1873.
The awareness of the abuse of Mary Ellen brought about these changes.
Do you think that animals are still better protected than children?
Are children still treated as the “property” of their parents?
What more can be done to protect children from abuse, and to prevent abuse?
What happened to Mary Ellen after she was rescued?
Read about how her life changed here:
Broken Until Spoken: re-blogging her wise words on Breaking the Silence of child sexual abuse.
The longer we keep the secret, the deeper the shame, and then of course the longer we keep the secret. It gets harder and harder to tell. It goes on and on till we are paralyzed in our lives, stuck, pretending there is nothing in our lives to hide, and often still protecting the very people who did not protect us.
If you are keeping the silence of your own abuse just tell one person. How would it feel to allow yourself to break free from your abuse?