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Can J Psychiatry. 2004 Sep;49(9):592-600.

The persistence of folly: a critical examination of dissociative identity disorder. Part I. The excesses of an improbable concept.

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University of Western Ontario, London.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To examine the concept of dissociative identity disorder (DID).

METHOD:

We reviewed the literature.

RESULTS:

The literature shows that 1) there is no proof for the claim that DID results from childhood trauma; 2) the condition cannot be reliably diagnosed; 3) contrary to theory, DID cases in children are almost never reported; and 4) consistent evidence of blatant iatrogenesis appears in the practices of some of the disorder's proponents.

CONCLUSIONS:

DID is best understood as a culture-bound and often iatrogenic condition.

PMID:
15503730
DOI:
10.1177/070674370404900904
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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