A few years ago, Ed Cara, a New York-based writer, came across the news of a lawsuit filed by a former patient against a mental health treatment center. The patient claimed the center had manipulated her into believing she had repressed memories of abuse and participation in a satanic cult. “As a kid, I remembered reading how discreet satanist groups were destroying kids everywhere. But I thought those stories had been debunked.” To produce his article, “The Most Dangerous Idea in Mental Health,” Cara worked with contributing editor Ethan Watters. Watters is the co-author of Making Monsters: False Memory, Psychotherapy, and Sexual Abuse, written with the University of California-Berkeley sociologist, and false-memory expert, Richard Ofshea.
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