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Try to Remember: Psychiatry's Clash over Meaning, Memory, and Mind Hardcover – November 15, 2008
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This book has a personal relevance for me because my mother was diagnosed with multiple personality disorder when I was about 10 years old. I did not see any evidence of alters before she entered therapy, but the longer my mother was in treatment, the more personalities she developed, until she had dozens that created chaos in our lives. This went on until we moved to a new location, my mother stopped seeing doctors, and the alters just disappeared. They went away on their own, never to return.
Prof. McHugh describes this exact treatment path in numerous case studies in his book, and notes the common catchphrase that multiple personality disorder patients need to "get worse before they can get better." I remember those exact words from my mother's doctors, but she just got worse and worse, becoming delusional, abusive, and suicidal. The only thing that made my mother better was getting away from psychiatrists. My mother now believes that she was brainwashed with drugs and hypnosis, and I agree completely.
So, how did this all happen? Why was my family put through all of that misery? My mother saw many doctors in three states, so no one bad-apple practitioner was responsible. There was some widespread, systematic problem with psychiatry.Read more ›
McHugh, a well-respected leader in the field of psychiatry, cuts through this web of passionate, but unscientific, theory and practice in a very lucid and readable book. He shows how it fits within a larger framework of the two main theoretical "camps" among psychiatric professionals, including the compromise between them in agreeing on superficial symptomatology, rather than underlying etiology, as the basis for the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual). This is no minor matter, since the DSM, the official classification of mental/behavioral disorders, is the basis for the treatment prescriptions arising from these diagnoses, as well as payment for the professionals.
On top of all this, he gives a clear recommendation about how to go about choosing a therapist. It is a superb book, tying together how the main streams of psychiatric thought produced an unscientific DSM, how the "repressed memory" craze arose from one of those streams, and how to find a more realistic therapist in a sometimes nebulous field.
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This is a book that should be read carefully by anybody who 'thinks' they have been abused or mistreated years ago and suddenly are having memories. Read morePublished 10 months ago by E. Ervin
Dr. Mc Hugh demonstrates the importance of objective evidence both in a court of law and in our lives; he shows how little evidence there is to support multiple personality... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Kindle Customer
Great book adressing the dangers of unfounded commitment to pseudo-scientific practices and what can happen when professionals close their mind for taking in new discoveries and... Read morePublished 18 months ago by John Ekare
Paul R. McHugh makes more sense out of psychiatry than anyone else. This book explains how and why psychiatric "fads" that are actually harmful arise due to the... Read morePublished on July 1, 2013 by Susan Love Brown
I had the honor of meeting Dr. McHugh years ago. He is a very humble, no-nonsense, highly intelligent man. Read morePublished on January 31, 2013 by Sheri J. Storm
This book is a shocking display of such egocentric thinking that the irrationality of its theories and conclusions is completely invisible to its supposedly brilliant and highly... Read morePublished on January 11, 2011 by Dr. Sally Mc Collum
McHugh's disregard for an actual disorder is heinous. Did anyone notice he only focused on the far distant past for most of the book? Read morePublished on May 29, 2009 by Kate Eriksen
Dr. McHugh writes in a relentlessly calm and clinical style about the Recovered Memory fiasco in psychiatry. Read morePublished on May 5, 2009 by Doug Smith
This is a great book about the tragedies caused recovered memory therapy from a reknowned scientist.Published on April 27, 2009 by M. Leddy