False Memory                                          

                                  
False memories of abuse planted during therapy using memory recovery techniques
like hypnosis and guided imagery have tragic consequences



This site is about false allegations of abuse
based on false memories planted during psychotherapy



FALSE MEMORIES OF CHILD ABUSE RIP FAMILIES APART

Distinguished Professors Dr. Elizabeth Loftus, UC Irvine
and Dr. Paul R. McHugh, Johns Hopkins University
"CBS Sixty Minutes" Recovered Memory documentary by Morley Safer
 April 17, 1994




Part I




Part II

"The American Medical Association considers recovered memories of childhood sexual abuse
to be of uncertain authenticity, which should be subject to external verification."

American Medical Association, 1994

For more information:
False Memory Syndrome Foundation
1955 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-940-1040



"An Epidemic Created By Doctors Therapists"

Alix Spiegel
reports on the so-called "Recovered Memory Therapy" movement and False Memory Syndrome.
In the early 1990s people across America turned to experts in psychology for help...and many people were told that the source of their problems could be traced to traumatic events they could not even remember, to memories that had to be recovered through special techniques. In the last ten years, this whole approach to psychology has fallen out of favor. So what happened that so many experts came to believe in a treatment that turned out to make many of their patients worse, not better...and what happened when the patients and therapists figured all this out? (37 minutes)    LISTEN
 
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Dr. Kihlstrom has defined False Memory Syndrome as "a condition in which a person's identity and interpersonal relationships are centered around a memory of traumatic experience which is objectively false, but in which the person strongly believes.  Note that the syndrome is not characterized by false memories as such. We all have memories that are inaccurate. Rather, the syndrome may be diagnosed when the memory is so deeply ingrained that it orients the individual's entire personality and lifestyle, in turn disrupting all sorts of other adaptive behavior. The analogy to personality disorder is intentional.  False Memory Syndrome is especially destructive because the person assiduously avoids confrontation with any evidence that might challenge the memory. Thus, it takes on a life of its own, encapsulated and resistant to correction. The person may become so focused on memory that he or she may be effectively distracted from coping with the real problems in his or her life."

Still wondering how false memories are planted?   

            "The Candy Cane and the Bear"

                         by Deborah David, Retractor

"At the first instance the person (patient/client) probably does not believe or take the suggestion (by the therapist) as truth, reality. They may be quite skeptical, but given time, given the pounding away at the person's reality (by the therapist) at a vulnerable time, most likely it is going to happen...'recovered' memories... of whatever is being asked of the person, will emerge."

How is it that one can believe that something is happening, or happened that never even took place in reality? I have been asked that question many times. People want to know why it is I could believe something that had no basis in reality. Let me try to explain as best as I can from my point of view as having lived through this. 

I do not consider those things I saw in my mind's eye as memories, they never were memories, they were not a reality of my experience. They could be called "fantasies" if you wish, for lack of a better word, or "visualizations".  Whatever they can be called, they were not
memory.

I recall reading somewhere, something about us being very visual beings. We see things in pictures. We can form a picture from the words we read. When someone tells us a story, we also form a picture to go with the words. If I tell you there is a bear climbing a candy cane. You can form the picture. Later when you are told you saw a bear on a candy cane you will recall the same picture as you had previously formed. At this point you are probably not making any interpretation to the picture. I mean you are probably not thinking of it in terms of a memory of experience
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Copyright 1995-98 Deborah David


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VICTIMS

If you have been treated
for one or more common problems
like depression, anxiety, insomnia,
post-traumatic stress disorder,
or an eating disorder with 
'recovered memory therapy'
that employed techniques
 such as


HYPNOSIS
HYPNOTHERAPY
GUIDED IMAGERY
PAST LIFE REGRESSION
MIND REGRESSION THERAPY
SUGGESTIVE DREAM INTERPRETATION
 BODY MEMORY INTERPRETATION
PROJECTIVE TECHNIQUES

 INNER CHILD EXERCISES
FREE ASSOCIATIONS
AGE REGRESSION
RELAXATION
TRANCE

 OR

if your treatment is or was
participation in group therapy
with TRUE victims
of child abuse,


and as a result,
perhaps over an extended period,
you now have new-found
'recovered memories'
of childhood abuse
 similar to theirs
that seem very real to you ...


THESE NEW-FOUND
  "MEMORIES"
OF ABUSE
PLANTED DURING THERAPY
MAY BE FALSE,
AND
DANGEROUS
AND HARMFUL
TO YOU
AND YOUR RECOVERY.


An emeritus professor of psychiatry
at an Ivy League university found,
"Typically, these patients get much worse
in therapy; they become( more) depressed
and even suicidal."


Know that you are not alone
It's not your fault
It's not okay.


WITHOUT DELAY
SEEK A SECOND OPINION


FIND A NEW
MENTAL HEALTH
PROFESSIONAL


If you think this may
have happened to you,
you may require excellent
mainstream long term
mental health care


BEING HERE
IS A VERY GOOD START
TO GETTING YOUR LIFE
BACK ON TRACK

VERIFY WITH YOUR
FAMILY AND OLD FRIENDS

FIND SCHOLARLY PAPERS,
REAL VICTIMS' STORIES,
 AND RECOMMENDED BOOKS
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Suggestions of Abuse: True and False
Memories of Childhood Sexual Abuse

by Michael Yapko, PhD


From a 'false memory' survivor..."If you read one book, READ THIS ONE. It explains in easy-to-read detail just how the tragedy of false memories can happen to innocent victims.  But please, don't read just one book!  Don't ever stop reading and researching to learn more about this travesty.  Then spread the word about the harm it has caused so many people, to prevent it from continuing to harm."





False Memory Syndrome Foundation

FMSFonline.org


An excellent resource for victims
of false memories
planted during therapy
and their families

P.O. Box 30044
Philadelphia, PA  19103
215-940-1040