Yeah! Kings College finds that we are not overprone to fantasy!

Yeah ! A new piece of research that  challenges the rhetoric of the false memory people. The below quote is from Science Daily

A new King’s College London study supports the notion that multiple personality disorder is rooted in traumatic experiences such as neglect or abuse in childhood, rather than being related to suggestibility or proneness to fantasy.

Multiple personality disorder, more recently known as dissociative identity disorder (DID), is thought to affect approximately one percent of the general population, similar to levels reported for schizophrenia.

People who are eventually diagnosed with DID have often had several earlier misdiagnoses, including schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. DID is characterised by the presence of two or more distinct ‘identities’ or ‘personality states’ — each with their own perception of the environment and themselves.

Despite being recognised in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) controversy remains around the diagnosis. Some experts argue that DID is linked to trauma such as chronic emotional neglect and/or emotional, physical, or sexual abuse from early childhood. Others hold a non-trauma related view of DID, whereby the condition is believed to be related to fantasy proneness, suggestibility, simulation or enactment.

This new study, published in Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, provides support for the trauma model of DID and challenges the core hypothesis of the fantasy model, according to the study authors.

The researchers compared 65 women on a variety of questionnaires which measured traumatic experiences, suggestibility, fantasy proneness and malingering of psychiatric symptoms. The sample comprised women with a genuine diagnosis of DID, female actors who were asked to simulate DID, women with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and healthy controls.

They found that patients with DID were not more fantasy prone or suggestible and did not generate more false memories compared to patients with PTSD, DID simulating controls and controls.

The researchers found a continuum of trauma-related symptom severity across the groups, with highest scores in patients with DID, followed by patients with PTSD, and the lowest scores for healthy controls. This supports the theory that there is an association between severity of trauma-related psychopathology and the age at onset, severity and intensity of traumatisation.

Dr Simone Reinders from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London, said: ‘Our findings correspond with research in other areas of psychology and psychiatry, which increasingly implicate trauma with mental health disorders such as psychosis, depression and now, dissociative identity disorder.

‘We hope these insights into the causes and nature of DID will inform, among others, clinicians and forensic experts regarding differences between simulated and genuine DID.

‘Ultimately this would lead to faster diagnosis and treatment for patients and greater recognition of DID as a mental health disorder.’

Dr Reinders added: ‘We now want to understand the neurobiological underpinnings of DID and whether psychological or pharmacological therapies are more effective in treating the disorder.’

An open letter to Judge Lowell Goddard from NZ

So you’ve resigned.

I must admit I am very upset. I don’t believe the too much holiday excuse and I hope somebody comes up with a decent explanation soon. It’s important that we’re not left  to develop our own theories because CSA survivors have already been called conspiracy theorists by the previous prime minister of the UK.

And this situation ( that we are called conspiracy theorists ) hasn’t been helped by the likes of those who’ve tried to exploit our suffering like Exaro News and use it for their own gain. They have played right into the hands of those who wish to deny our reality and called us fantasists.

I couldn’t believe how big the inquiry was getting. Any time a problem with CSA could not be solved it was tossed into your corner like a pile of dirty washing. How were you ever going to sort out the involvement of intelligence security services in sexual abuse in care  homes or the holding of legal trials that were not able to come to court through standard legal process?

And then you promised that the needs of those who have been falsely accused would also be looked into. And the UK false memory club, which calls itself the leading charity for people accused of false allegations on Linkedin will therefore obviously have a role to play  – whilst those of us who feel that out lives ruined by the false memory clubs will not. Because  we were abused in institutions called private homes, which don’t count.

Don’t get me wrong, I was quite happy to be excluded from this inquiry because people who were abused in schools and children’s homes have had a terrible ride with justice ( In fact I think there should be a separate inquiry into ALL kinds of abuse that took place in children’s homes during a specific period).

But I was very angry to see how the false memory groups managed to wangle their way in.

As I’ve written elsewhere the false memory people are brilliant at networking.

I wish you a safe journey home and i hope you start an inquiry into CSA in NZ instead. Apparently it needs one too.