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Research Article  |   November 1990
Expressive Therapy in Conjunction With Psychotherapy in the Treatment of Persons With Multiple Personality Disorder
Author Affiliations
  • John F. Higdon, PhD, is a Clinical Psychologist, Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital, 800 Hospital Drive, Columbia, Missouri 65201, and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri
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Mental Health / Practice
Research Article   |   November 1990
Expressive Therapy in Conjunction With Psychotherapy in the Treatment of Persons With Multiple Personality Disorder
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, November 1990, Vol. 44, 991-993. doi:10.5014/ajot.44.11.991
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, November 1990, Vol. 44, 991-993. doi:10.5014/ajot.44.11.991
Abstract

This article examines the prevalence and complexity of multiple personality disorder as well as the contributions that psychiatry and occupational therapy make in its treatment. The value of activity is that it serves as a nonverbal mediator of communication. Activities are also useful in helping the therapist to obtain a patient’s history, which is necessary for abreaction (i.e., the patient’s reliving and recalling of the original abuse). Abreaction is a precursor to the integration of the abusive memories into the patient’s current life.