Dissociative Identity Disorder: Diagnosis, Clinical Features, and Treatment of Multiple Personality / Edition 2

by Colin A. Ross
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Dissociative Identity Disorder: Diagnosis, Clinical Features, and Treatment of Multiple Personality / Edition 2

Since the publication of Colin A. Ross's influential work MultiplePersonality Disorder in 1989, this challenging field has evolvedrapidly—with new thinking, new research, and a new name:dissociative identity disorder (DID). Keeping pace with thesedevelopments, this retitled Second Edition has been skillfullyrevised and expanded to offer a comprehensive, detailed, and fullyup-to-date grounding in the history, diagnosis, and treatment ofDID.

Readers will find three new chapters covering epidemiology, a soundcritique of skeptics of DID, and the problem of attachment to theperpetrator and the locus of control shift. There is also a freshlook at the pathways leading to DID, a discussion of the falsememory controversy, and more, with material throughout based on thelatest research and the author's extensive clinical and forensicexperience.

By providing an in-depth examination of this complex illness,Dissociative Identity Disorder not only facilitates a deeperunderstanding of people who have used dissociation to cope withyears of childhood physical, sexual, and emotional abuse, but alsoreveals new insights into many other psychiatric disorders in whichdissociation plays a role. Like Multiple Personality Disorder, thisupdated volume is an authoritative and indispensable reference forpsychiatrists, clinical psychologists, psychiatric nurses, socialworkers and other mental health professionals, as well asresearchers in these fields.

"Ross provides a comprehensive and interesting account of thehistory of MPD, dispelling many myths. He presents new insight intothe treatment of MPD, with information about such concerns as howto talk to a patient, how to schedule your time, and how to keepyour private and [professional] lives separate. . . . MultiplePersonality Disorder will be an invaluable addition to thereference libraries of sexual abuse clinics, child abuse agencies,and correctional facilities, as well as clinicians." —FamilyViolence Bulletin

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ISBN-13: 9780471132653
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 10/30/1996
Series: Wiley Series in General and Clinical Psychiatry Series , #12
Edition description: REV
Pages: 464
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.35(h) x 1.39(d)

About the Author

COLIN A. ROSS, MD, is Medical Director of the Dissociative Disorders Program at the Charter Behavioral Health System of Dallas, a private psychiatric facility. In 1995 he formed the Colin A. Ross Institute for Psychological Trauma, which provides education, conducts research, and delivers clinical services with a focus on psychological trauma and dissociative disorders. A past president of the International Society for the Study of Dissociation, he is the author of The Osiris Complex: Case Studies in Multiple Personality Disorder, Satanic Ritual Abuse: Principles of Treatment, and Pseudoscience in Biological Psychiatry.

Table of Contents


The History Prior to and Including Freud.

Freud to the Present.


Epidemiology of Dissociative Identity Disorder andDissociation.

Clinical Features of Dissociative Identity Disorder.

Structured Interview and Self-Report Measures ofDissociation.

Dissociative Identity Disorder and Other PsychiatricDisorders.

Dissociative Identity Disorder and Nonclinical Dissociation.

Skeptical Criticisms of Dissociative Identity Disorder.


Treatment Outcome of Dissociative Identity Disorder.

General Principles of Treatment.

The Problem of Attachment to the Perpetrator and the Locus ofControl Shift.

Specific Techniques of Treatment: The Middle and Late Phases ofTherapy.

Other Therapeutic Considerations.

Afterword—Dissociative Identity Disorder in the Twenty-FirstCentury.




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