I guess we should have known that. But it’s true. Of course it was all a hoax, a diagnosis du jour kind of thing, with real victims. It was blatant hoax, geared to aggrandize and enrich certain people. There’s a reason you don’t see that diagnosis now–it was never there in the first place.
I wish the same thing weren’t happening now, but it is (can you say, “bipolar?”). If you hang around psychology long enough, you see pretty obvious “trendy” diagnoses. Most often they lead to fame and fortune for the “therapist.” Or just fortune.
About 20 years ago I was on a radio show confronting an “expert” on multiple personality disorder. She got so angry and hostile toward me. Yet I was right–this was all a sham. I have been in practice for 20 years and I have never seen a multiple personality. And I know a lot of psychologists who have been in practice longer than I have that have never seen one.
Kind of like “bipolar.” Now I have made that diagnosis and there have been people who richly merited that diagnosis. But it is rare. We can talk another time about how people (especially psychiatrists, but an unfortunate number of psychologists) mistake the chronic mood instability of a Personality Disorder with Bipolar Mood Disorder.
I know that what I have said will upset some people. But I speak the truth.