news items – Parental Alienation Syndrome, DSM-5, extreme abuse, DID/MPD, child abuse

This week  there have been several new articles on Parental Alienation Syndrome and those fighing its inclusion in the DSM-5, new papers and resources on extreme abuse as well as  older articles on the neurobiological effects of DID/MPD and child abuse.

“Parental Alienation Syndrome:” Another Alarming DSM-5 Proposal
Using a medicalizing label to mask child sexual abuse
by Paula J. Caplan, Ph.D. in Science Isn’t Golden Parental Alienation Syndrome

Survivorship Ritual Abuse Webinars – Inner Structures and Self Care     Saturday, June 25

Organised Abuse and Testimonial Legitimacy
full paper at

IMPORTANT DSM-V input needed by June 15
The APA is allowing comments on the criterion of Dissociative Identity Disorder and the newly proposed diagnoses of Parental Alienation Disorder and Developmental Trauma Disorder until June 15.

Home page:

Dissociative Identity Disorder

research information on DID:
Parental Alienation Disorder
Developmental Trauma Disorder

Developmental Trauma Disorder

Parental Alienation Disorder: Why Label Children with a Mental Diagnosis?”
full article web page until 12/31/11

Documentation of Child Abuse and Dissociation in DID/MPD
Alter Personality Physiological Differences in MPD child abuse wiki – DID

Objective Documentation of Child Abuse and Dissociation in 12 Murderers With Dissociative Identity Disorder

Visual function in multiple personality disorder ttp://

Optical differences in cases of multiple personality disorder.

Optical differences in multiple personality disorder. A second look.

Differential autonomic nervous system activity in multiple personality disorder.

The psychophysiological investigation of multiple personality disorder: review and update.

Brain mapping in a case of multiple personality.

Multiple personality disorder. A clinical investigation of 50 cases.

An examination of the diagnostic validity of dissociative identity disorder.
full text

Hippocampal and Amygdalar Volumes in Dissociative Identity Disorder
l text

The neurobiological consequences of early stress and childhood maltreatment

Dr. Martin H. Teicher – Recent findings regarding brain development and childhood abuse/adversity
Keynote: Pierre Janet memorial lecture ISSTD
Does Child Abuse Permanently Alter the Brain?
Martin H. Teicher, M.D., Ph.D. (PowerPoint)

Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
New York Academy of Sciences June 1997
Volume 821 Psychobiology of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, The Pages xi–xv, 1–548
Psychobiological Effects of Sexual Abuse : A Longitudinal Study (pages 150–159)
DOI: 10.1111/j.1749-6632.1997.tb48276.x

Preliminary Evidence for Abnormal Cortical Development in Physically and Sexually Abused Children Using EEG Coherence and MRI (pages 160–175)
DOI: 10.1111/j.1749-6632.1997.tb48277.x

Implicit and Explicit Memory for Trauma-Related Information in PTSD (pages 219–224) RICHARD J. MCNALLY
DOI: 10.1111/j.1749-6632.1997.tb48281.x

Trauma, Dissociation, and Memory (pages 225–237)
DAVID SPIEGEL DOI: 10.1111/j.1749-6632.1997.tb48282.x

Valerie Sinason, Director CDS– Valerie Sinason is a poet, writer, child psychotherapist and adult psychoanalyst.

The Clinic for Dissociative Studies

Working with Dissociation in Clinical Practice Using an Attachment Perspective– 18-19th June and 2-3rd July  2011, Summer course in collaboration with The Bowlby Centre

Introduction chapter from “Attachment Trauma and Multiplicity” by Valerie Sinason– DID and Ritual Abuse

Treating Survivors of Satanist Abuse

Sinason, V. Treating Survivors of Satanist Abuse Routledge, New York 1994 ISBN 0-415-10543-9 Attachment, Trauma and Multiplicity Working with Dissociative Identity Disorder Valerie Sinason (editor)(2002) Brunner-Routledge, Hove, East Sussex, UK ISBN: 041519556X

Johns, M. (1998) Treating Survivors of Satanist Abuse. Edited by Valerie Sinason. London: Routledge 1994. Pp. 320 International Journal of Psycho-Analysis Volume 79 p. 1255-1258

Black, D. M. (Autumn 1995). “Treating Survivors of Satanist Abuse edited by Valerie Sinason”. British Journal of Psychotherapy  12 (1): 119-131.

Review of Treating Survivors of Satanist Abuse edited by Valerie Sinason

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