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Since We Last Spoke: Out of Court

Updates to past Pacific Standard print stories.
(Illustration: Simon Prades)

(Illustration: Simon Prades)

In November, Ed Cara wrote about how one family was torn apart by the continued use of memory recovery therapy—a mental health treatment that was discredited years ago. Cara described how a young woman sent to the Castlewood Treatment Center in St. Louis soon claimed she had recovered memories of abuse by many people, including her father. At press time, Castlewood was facing four malpractice lawsuits brought by patients who accused the center of encouraging them “to believe that their problems were connected to hidden memories of past abuse.” Since the story appeared, two of the lawsuits have been, according to official documents, “resolved and dismissed.” The terms of the resolutions have not been publicly disclosed.

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