Dissociative Identity Disorder, formerly Multiple Personality Disorder, remains a highly controversial disorder. Perhaps 50% of all psychiatrists deny that it even exists. If it ,does exist, there seems to be consensus that it is exceedingly rare. Yet, the Castlewood Treatment Center has diagnosed enough patients with the disorder to have a support group specifically for D.I.D. These patients attend weekly group therapy sessions as noted on the program schedule above. Remember, Castlewood Treatment Center is a 10 bed facility. It it curious why they have such a high incidence of the supposed disorder in their eating disorder patients.
Many in the mental health profession propose that hypnotism, AKA guided image therapy, is a common way of creating Multiple Personalities. Guided image therapy is also part of the residential program at the Castlewood Treatment Center. According to therapists who use it, hypnotism provides a method for allowing different personalities to appear. It has been shown, however, that patients treated by hypnotism are more likely to have certain symptoms and personalities. Hypnotized patients are also more likely to report abuse, which fits most therapists' vision of the cause of Multiple Personality Disorder (Rowell & Gee, 1999).
The Castlewood Treatment Center has been on record both supporting the use of hypnosis and denying that they use it as a treatment modality. We've spoken with enough former patients to come to the conclusion that the Castlewood Treatment Center is actively using hypnosis to inflate the prevalence of D.I.D. diagnoses at their facility. Fact or fiction, both hypnosis and D.I.D. remain highly controversial.