Dissociative Identity Disorder

 

Letters to the Editor: Response to “Reforming Mental Health Care”

August 19, 2014

This exchange follows what began with Dr Richard Noll’s article, “Speak, Memory” and the “repressed recovered memory/multiple personality disorder” iatrogenic epidemic of the late 1980s and 1990s.

Dissociative Amnesia (Psychogenic Fugue) and a Literary Masterpiece

June 05, 2013

To understand the psychodynamics of the dissociative fugue, Dr Michael Sperber analyzes some of the characters in a collection of interrelated vignettes set in small town America.

Confounding Factors in Treatment-Resistant Depression (Part 2): Comorbidities and Treatment Resistance

August 03, 2012

The role of subtyping and bipolarity in TRD was discussed in Part 1 of this 2-part article. Here we review a number of the most common confounding factors of TRD but limit our scope to comorbidities that can be directly addressed and treated by psychiatrists.

Sybil Exposed: A Look at Dissociative Identity Disorder

May 02, 2012

Sybil Exposed makes the case that the 1973 book Sybil misrepresents the facts of Shirley Mason’s life, diagnosis, and treatment. It also points to concerns that extend beyond a single case, to the diagnostic concept of multiple personalities. Still, perhaps the books suggests the need for a more systematic look at not just the case of Sybil, but also the diagnosis of dissociative identity disorder (DID).

Ketamine: A Possible Role for Patients Who Are Running Out of Options?

May 03, 2011

If ketamine is able to turn off a patient’s depression, even for one day, you have accomplished something important, whether or not you can maintain it. This is because you have at least given the patient hope . . . that in itself is very significant from a therapeutic perspective.