Oh, and as I said, I apparently do not have a high SSHS rating. I don't recall who figured that one out. And oddly enough it was a psychoanalyst trained in dissociative disorders who didn't want to do hypnosis on me!
I personally know I have psychological problems, many from my childhood, but I don't subscribe to the theory of "repressed memory" etc. I've followed Elizabeth Loftus re: her work on this.
I don't know if that doctor felt he couldn't handle something "repressed" or what. I admire him for feeling it was not a specialty of his, yet he was one of the fouding members of the original International Society for the Study of Dissociation and MPD. The MPD has been taken out of the title, as MPD is now DID and defined very differently. I don't know what to make of it.
See the Links section. It's http://www.issd.org
Oh Check the links section, I forgot.
They deal with trauma. What scares me is another doctor I saw (who moved to Sheppard-Pratt/Johns Hopkins) was involved in a false memory lawsuit in the early 90s. A "fad" of sorts re: these pre-K children false memories. I think a teen girl at S-Pratt went in for treatment, and emerged with 100 personalities and a mess. She was subsequently "de-conditioned" etc. It was found many therapists, police officers, social service workers, simply manipulate children (too much to go into here) to just go along with the most outrageous claims.
"Mr. Buckey took me in a space ship and patted my bum with a hot poker and it burnt me." (The child had no marks at all -- just a made up example.) The kids were so sick of being asked, "Did this happen? Did this?" they finally said, "YES!" and went on like kids will do with wonderful imaginations.
McMartin PreSchool Case, Little Rascals Daycare are the famous cases. There were many more in the 1980s.
The point? LOL. In MY case, I was told it was useless, and I don't hypnotize. I forgot when this was tried. Perhaps when I was given a long battery of cognitive and perceptual tests, IQ, etc. in the 1980s.
PS, I am not denying the concept of DID. I don't understand it. I believe such individuals are indeed very ill. But the fact that doctors changed it from MPD to DID in itself indicates that doctors are also at a loss as to the exact processes of this disorder.