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Patrick Suraci discusses how he found Shirley Mason through one of her paintings after her psychiatrist Cornelia Wilbur passed away.
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Born May 31, 1936 in Rochester, New York, Patrick Suraci received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Assumption College, University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the New School for Social Research, New York in 1981.
His latest work, Sybil In Her Own Words: The Untold Story of Shirley Mason, Her Multiple Personalities and Paintings is being launched at Book Expo America at the Jacob Javitz Center in New York City on May 24, 2011. His first non-fiction book, Male Sexual Armor: Erotic Fantasies and Sexual Realities of the Cop on the Beat and the Man in the Street in 1992. In 2005, his play Bless Me Father was produced at the National Arts Club in New York City. From his former career as an actor, he is still a member of the Actors Equity Association.
Dr. Suraci was a Staff Psychologist for the New York Police Department and is now in private practice in Manhattan. He has taught at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and Baruch College at the City University of New York.
Appearance on Channel 11 WPIX news explaining schizophrenia in regard to the Navy Yard shootings
Gay NYPD cops seek honor for hero sergeant who came out three decades ago
I was honored to be asked by Sgt. Charlie Cochran to become a founding member of the Gay Officers Action League, the first fraternal organization for LGBT law enforcement people in the world.
The American Psychiatric Association has published the Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition, 2013. It reaffirms the Dissociative Identify Disorder (DID) diagnosis.
In 1973 Flora Schreiber wrote SYBIL, a case history of a person with DID. After Schreiber’s death in 1988 there have been several unsuccessful attempts to prove this case was a fraud. Some of these people, enflamed by the success of the book, have falsified and distorted documents in Flora Schreiber’s archives to prove their theories. Furthermore, some did not engage in logical thinking. If the three women in “SYBIL” were clever enough to dupe the whole world, would they would not be clever enough to destroy so-called incriminating documents which Flora Schreiber bequeathed to John Jay College?
Some people, who never engaged in any research about DID, claim that there is no connection between child abuse and DID. Then they unwittingly contradict themselves by stating DID doesn’t even exist.
DSM-5 concluded from the rigorous research into DID: “Interpersonal physical and sexual abuse is associated with an increased risk of dissociative identify disorder. Prevalence of childhood abuse and neglect in the United States, Canada and Europe among those with the disorder is close to 90%.”
Review by Philip M. Coons, MD. Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana
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