A note on suicidal deterioration with recovered memory treatment

Citation
J. Fetkewicz et al., A note on suicidal deterioration with recovered memory treatment, J AFFECT D, 58(2), 2000, pp. 155-159
Citations number
16
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Psychiatry,"Neurosciences & Behavoir
Journal title
JOURNAL OF AFFECTIVE DISORDERS
ISSN journal
0165-0327 → ACNP
Volume
58
Issue
2
Year of publication
2000
Pages
155 - 159
Database
ISI
SICI code
0165-0327(200005)58:2<155:ANOSDW>2.0.ZU;2-#
Abstract
Background: Many patients who have been told they have Multiple Personality /Dissociative Identity Disorder (MPD/DID) seem to have deteriorated clinica lly after being so diagnosed. We report here the results of a survey of sui cide attempts in patients diagnosed as having MPD and a comparison group ho spitalized with a mood disorder. Methods: Twenty individuals who had been d iagnosed as having MPD, had developed false memories, and had relinquished them, were surveyed with respect to suicide attempts before and after the d iagnosis. Twelve of those approached agreed to provide data and were compar ed with 12 patients from an in-patient mood disorders unit, matched for age and sex. Results: Ln the MPD group more patients attempted suicide after b eing diagnosed than before and they made more separate attempts at suicide than before. The reverse was true in the comparison group with patients and suicide attempts before and after hospitalization. Comparing the numbers o f attempts in the groups before diagnosis/ hospitalization and afterward Ch i(2) = 20.177, DF = 1, P<0.001. Limitations and Conclusions: Both samples w ere highly selected, and the comparison group does not provide an exact con trol. Nevertheless, the results support a trend in the Literature that find s the diagnosis of multiple personality disorder and the use of recovered m emory treatment are harmful. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights rese rved.