Dissociation : Vol. 1, No. 3, p. 023-029 : On Giving Consultations to Therapists Treating MPD: Fifteen Years' Experience-Part I (Diagnosis and Treatment)

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Title: Dissociation : Vol. 1, No. 3, p. 023-029 : On Giving Consultations to Therapists Treating MPD: Fifteen Years' Experience-Part I (Diagnosis and Treatment)
Author: Kluft, Richard P., 1943-
Abstract: This paper reviews the author's experience in serving as a consultant to several hundred colleagues working with patients suffering multiple personality disorder (MPD) over the 15 year period 1973-1988. It discusses general trends in the types of patients with regard to whom consultations were sought and in the types of issues raised, and notes recurrent issues that appear to trouble large numbers of consultees. It also reviews the patient-generated consultation request, which reflects both increased consumerism and the avidity with which MPD patients seek information about their condition. Part I offers a general orientation, outlines the methods of the study, and describes consultations regarding diagnostic and treatment issues. Part II explores consultations regarding the "surround" of treatment, forensic matters, the use of hypnosis, and consultations initiated by patients; it concludes with a brief discussion. In general, the author's experience indicated that the publication of DSM-III in 1980 and the publication four special journal issues in 1984 were watershed events, and marked notable shifts in the nature of many of the consultation requests that he received.
Description: p. 023-029.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1794/1382
Date: 1988-09


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