I wasn't sure where to post this. I thought it might be useful to have a thread regarding other psychological/psychiatric theories and treatments which turned out to be harmful. Some of these were fairly common until recently. These might be useful examples of how a profession can go wildly wrong, and some of these were fairly recent. Some of it it looks like the professions involved got an idea, and got carried away with it, a bit too much in love with their own theories. It reminds me a bit of how the Biopsychosocial view has held such sway, and I think they have also fallen in love a bit with their own ideas which is why they refuse to change them when the evidence contradicts what they are saying. Edit: Some of these make references to sexual abuse (both real and implanted). Refrigerator mothers (Coyne just posted this today, it is short) Multiple Personality Disorder [the image quality is a bit poor in the beginning of this but it improves. This is good on the harm therapy can do, as well as the problem of professionals seeing what they want to see regardless of the evidence] Former patient describes MPD therapy with Dr. Colin Ross on the Sally Jesse Raphael Show 1993. (I haven't watched all of this yet but is is very interesting. One former patient admits that she lied a bit initially, partly to give the therapist what they were looking for, but she eventually got sucked into the whole thing herself. Social psychologist from Berkley very critical of repressed memories and mpd diagnosis. Berkley comes to the rescue again ) Satanic Ritual Abuse [It is ages since I watched this but as far as I can remember someone in it comments that it was people with insurance covering "treatment" for satanic ritual abuse were much more likely to be diagnosed with it than those without coverage] I might comment on a few specific parts of these documentaries later.