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In an article published by The New York Times, Clyde Haberman describes how “Sybil”, a TV movie about multiple personality disorder, created a nation-wide phenomenon across the nation in the 70s. Pre-”Sybil” diagnoses of such disorders were rare, only 100 cases were reported in total. After 10 years “Sybil” was aired, however, the American Psychiatric Association formally acknowledged the disorder and thousands of cases were reported.  Over time the public became less fascinated by this disorder, and questions about its prevalence resurfaced.  The article goes on to discuss more general controversies in various psychiatric diagnoses.  To read this article in its entirety, click here.