Valerie Sinason's Treating Survivors of Satanist Abuse addressed a subject that many professionals working in the field had been uncomfortable discussing. Her work in disability and abuse has consistently broken new ground in addressing subjects that many people have found initially hard to deal with. This new book covers the equally unexplored subject of Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), and is the first major British book available for both clinicians and the intelligent lay public on this subject.
Attachment, Trauma and Multiplicity explains the phenomenon of DID, the conflicting models of the human mind that have been found to try and understand it, the political conflict over the subject, and, with the permission of patients, clinical accounts. Valerie Sinason, along with an impressive array of contributors, covers:
the background history and a description of the condition
issues of diagnoses
the stages of dissociation that lead to full-blown DID
the legal and management problems.
Attachment, Trauma and Multiplicity will be indispensable to professionals in the UK increasingly concerned about their lack of training in this subject and the fear it evokes in them and their teams.
Table of Contents
Dissociative Identity Disorder - A Developmental Perspective. Child Dissociation and Its "roots" In Adulthood. From Post-traumatic Stress Disorder To Dissociative Identity Disorder. The Traumatic Stress Service in the Maudsley Hospital. Multiple Voices Versus Meta-cognition. An Attachment Theory Perspective A Theoretical Framework for Understanding Multiplicity and Dissociation. Multiple Dissociation in the Context of the Adult Attachment Interview. The Shoemaker and the Elves - Working with Multiplicity. Snow-white and the Seven Diagnoses. Will You Sit By Her Side? An Attachment Based Approach to Work with Dissociative Conditions. Profound Desolation. The Working Alliance With Associative Patients in a NHS Setting. Dark Dimensions of Multiple Personality. Dissociation - Recognition Within Psychiatry and Rains. How Does a Telephone Help? Issues Around Administrating in a Clinic for Patients with Dissociative Identity Disorder. Legal Issues Around Dissociative Identity Disorder. The Di-vidual Person. On Identity and Identifications. Dissociation and Spirit Possession in Non-western Countries. MPD and Schizophrenia. An Interview With Professa Flora Rheta Schrieber. Information For DID Sufferers and Professionals Working With This Client Group.
Valerie Sinason is a psychoanalyst and Consultant Research Psychotherapist at the Psychiatry of Disability Department at St George's Hospital Medical School, London. She is Director of the Clinic for Dissociative Studies, Harley Street, London. She is the author of Treating Survivors of Satanist Abuse, Routledge, 1994
This is a book which is both intellectually and emotionally challening, but one which practitioners in the therapy field disregard at their peril for not only does it present new and controversial ideas, but there is important discussion on the pitfalls and dangers to both sufferers of DID and to their therapists. - Lynn Barnett, Psychodynamic Practice, 2004