This week in the NY Times: “Sybil: A Brilliant Hysteric?”

Fascinating article. I’ve been intrigued by this case since the bio-pic starting Sally Fields came out in the 1970s.


This week, columnist Clyde Haberman published a piece in the New York Times dealing with the fluidity of the Dissociative Identity Disorder diagnosis. The author chronicles its troubled past and uncertain future by making various references to the history of psychiatry.

The article is accompanied by a 12-minute video documentary entitled “Sybil: A Brilliant Hysteric?” which features archival footage and interviews with this story’s key protagonists.

Readers of H-Madness might also be interested in having a look at the accompanying comments, some of which read very like an ode to anti-psychiatry.

To access the piece and video, click here.

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