Creating Hysteria: Women and Multiple Personality Disorder / Edition 1by Joan Acocella, Acocella
Pub. Date: 08/27/1999
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… See more details below
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.
"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
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I chose to read this book thinking that it was about a genetic disorder (multiple personality that is) but I was pleasently surprised and taken back when I began reading and discovered I was misled. I assumed that MPD was a disorder associated with something wrong internally. Not so much a genrtic disorder as it was an epidemic which allowed therapists to create a disorder inside of their patients heads. This book is an extremely interesting take on the entire disorder from many different perspectives, including from women's standpoint, therapists, the history and intellectuals. I did feel that at certain times the author accused sufferers of the disorder and they were victimized and accused of faking and not suffering from anything at will which is hard for an observer and not the sufferer to say. The book entailed true accounts of patients and how their thereapists created this epidemic (hence the name creating hysteria). It also explained just what multiple personality disorder actually was, the background of it, famous people who allegedly suffered from the disorder, and the thrreapy and how it changed through the outbreak of MPD. I enjoyed how the author was so raw and didn't sugarcoat what was actually happening in these peoples lives. For example, when describing what actually occurred in therapy sessions treating MPD, Acocella talks about how hypnosis was used to recall abuse memories and patients would scream, cry, lash out or re-enact the scene in their heads. It was good insight to how a disorder was developed from possible childhood abuse and solely, from ill, sick therapists. The information was presented in a non biased form and was factual but enjoyable It was an easy read, aside from frequent side notations. I would not necessarily recommend this book, but after reading it I can say I am much more interested in MPD, recovered memory and psychological disorders.
While I strongly agree that there have and are and will be therapist out there that will do what this book has talked about. There are those genuine people out there that have been truly 'split' do to sever trauma. And there are those therapist out there that can and do handle this properly and effectively. If one was to truly study the origin of whence MPD/DID came, there is complete logical understanding of it's integrity as a DX. It is those that search for the MPD/DID patient that need questioning, not those that stumble upon it. In ending, I fear that this book may be informative, yet fuel the fire of 'Creating Hysteria'