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Dissociative identity disorder - complex problems requiring complex approaches

Dr. David Leonard

Presentations of people with Dissociative Identity Disorder are complex and associated with considerable comorbidity. They are often misdiagnosed and therefore mistreated, sometimes for many years. Further complexity results from rejection of the validity of the diagnosis by non professional sources such as a sceptical press and organisations such as the False Memory Syndrome Foundation. Some mental health professionals, including some quite influential psychiatrists, also contemptuously reject the validity of the diagnosis. As a result trainee psychiatrists, as a rule, are taught little about dissociation and learn to react to those presenting with such symptoms with suspicion and scepticism.

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24-28 August 2011 Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre
Darling Harbour, Australia.
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Dr. David Leonard

David Leonard graduated from the University of Sydney in medicine in 1964 and, after working in general medicine and general practice in Sydney, Adelaide and New Guinea, entered post graduate training in psychiatry in London and Edinburgh,. He returned to Melbourne, Australia in 1971. He worked in public sector services, particularly focussing on people with psychotic disorders and personality disorders. He became director of a number of psychiatric services over the next 25 years. He was actively involved in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and patient advocacy, through work with community organisations.

Over the last 12 years he has worked in full time private practice at the Albert Rd Clinic where he is associated with the Professorial Unit of the University of Melbourne. His work there has focussed on trauma based disorders with a particular interest in dissociative disorders

In 2010 he was made a Member of the Order of Australia for services to psychiatry

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