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Castlewood Case Update

FMSF News Alert - July 16, 2013

Dear Friends,

Some time ago we wrote about charges against the Castlewood Treatment Center, a residential eating disorder clinic in St. Louis County, Missouri. The case involves four women who have come forward claiming that during treatment at Castlewood, they had become convinced that they had been victims of satanic ritual abuse, witnessing murders, and even having eaten children. The women now say those beliefs were false.

See: - Castlewood Treatment Center Lawsuits.

This spring Castlewood announced that its directors, psychologist Mark Schwartz and social worker Lori Galperin, have stepped down.

For long-time FMSF readers, the names Mark Schwartz and Lori Galperin will be familiar.

For many years the two co-directed the Masters and Johnson Clinics in Chesterfield, Missouri, at Two Rivers Hospital in Kansas City, and at the River Oaks Psychiatric Hospital in New Orleans. Those clinics were mentioned by numerous retractors.

Ken Vuylsteke, the attorney representing the four plaintiffs in the Castlewood case commented:

"The instances of this type of thing, if at all, specifically satanic ritual abuse, if it ever occurs, certainly is not occurring to patients who happen to cluster in this particular treatment facility in St. Louis, Missouri. It’s just not possible."

See: Treatment Center Director Steps Down Amidst Brainwashing Claims

Call Me Crazy -- A Play about the DSM

Paula Caplan’s Off-Broadway hit "Call Me Crazy!" is now available on YouTube.

Caplan, a Harvard psychologist, wrote the play in 1996, after resigning in frustration from a committee helping to compile the DSM-IV. "Call Me Crazy!" centers around a small group of interns discussing their patients and careers with a supervising psychiatrist.

One of the biggest audience laughs occurs when a character describes the DSM:

"This book is pure science. God, The American Psychiatric Association wrote it, published it, and advertises that it has science in it. They wouldn’t do that if it weren’t. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. DSM. Very scientific. It weighs a ton."

J. Bean and Pam