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Creating Hysteria : Women and Multiple Personality Disorder - Joan Acocella

Creating Hysteria

Women and Multiple Personality Disorder

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Published: 27th August 1999
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From 1985 to 1995 an estimated 40,000 Americans, most of them women, were told they suffered from multiple personality disorder. Feminists, fundamentalists, and a substantial portion of the mental health community Andorsed this "Sybil-ing" of America. Sensation-seeking television talk shows took up the MPD rallying cry. In Creating Hysteria, Joan Acocella tells a riveting tale of therapists betraying their patients, of a psychotherapy profession at war within its own ranks, and finally of expatients rising up and putting an And to the MPD scandal.<br> <br> <br> <br> "Creating Hysteria exposes one of the most frightening mental rollercoaster rides taken by thousands of people in modern times. Joan Acocella brilliantly illuminates how the mental health profession spearheaded, perhaps inadvertently, a fin-de-siecle hysteria, the fallout from which will take us into the next millennium. Anyone who has ever been interested in mental health should read this book."--Elizabeth Loftus, president, American Psychological Society

"At long last we have a volume that takes a hard look at the"epidemic" of multiple personality disorders and comes up with somesurprising conclusions." (Aaron T. Beck, M.D., University Professorof Psychiatry, Department of Medicine, University ofPennsylvania)

"Creating Hysteria exposes one of the most frightening mentalroller coaster rides taken by thousands of people in modern times.Joan Acocella brilliantly illuminates how the mental healthprofession spearheaded, perhaps inadvertently, a fin-de-sieclehysteria, the fallout from which will take us into the nextmillennium. Anyone who has ever been interested in mental healthshould read this book." (Elizabeth Loftus, president, AmericanPsychological Society)

"A remarkable expose of an embarrassing and mischievous epidemicinstigated by a small group of 'multiple personality' proponents.This book provides ample warning for patients and therapistsalike." (Herbert Spiegel, pschiatrist, expert on "Sybil"case)

"Multiple personality disorder is both fascinating and sad, but thestory of its recent social evolution is deeply disturbing. CreatingHysteria tells a gripping tale that will captivate anyoneinterested in the pathology of the human mind and the culturalforces that shape it." (Daniel L. Schacter, professor and chair ofpsychology, Harvard University)

"As Acocella makes devastatingly clear, MPD was a diseaseessentially created by unethical or incompetent therapists andimposed upon their vulnerable female patients. Creating Hysteriatells a sorrowful, infuriating story that compels and deservesattention." (WAndy Kaminer, public policy fellow, RadcliffeCollege)

One Woman's Story.

The History.

The Epidemic.

The Therapy.

The Science.

The Crisis.

The Attack.

The Retrenchment.

The Effects.

The Intellectuals.

Women.

Notes.

Bibliography.

Index.

About the Author.

ISBN: 9780787947941
ISBN-10: 0787947946
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 27th August 1999
Publisher: JOSSEY BASS
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.72 x 15.95  x 2.08
Weight (kg): 0.42
Edition Number: 1