The Persistence of Folly: A Critical Examination of Dissociative Identity Disorder. Part I. The Excesses of an Improbable Concept

@article{Piper2004ThePO,
  title={The Persistence of Folly: A Critical Examination of Dissociative Identity Disorder. Part I. The Excesses of an Improbable Concept},
  author={A. Piper and H. Merskey},
  journal={The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry},
  year={2004},
  volume={49},
  pages={592 - 600}
}
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… Expand
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