Dissociative Identity Disorder Essay

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His name is Roger*. He has a beautiful four-year-old daughter, a loving wife, and a successful career in marketing. His name is Jonathan* he has a beautiful four-year-old daughter, a loving wife, and a successful career in marketing. His real name is Austin*, he is 37 and suffers from Dissociative Identity Disorder. Diagnosed at age 23 he’s clearly kept it from holding him back. To see Austin walking down the street, buying a coffee, or even having a personal conversation, you’d never know it. His alter personalities tell outsiders and acquaintances they are Austin, their voices are slightly different, and they don’t mind wearing Austin’s clothes, even if Roger thinks they’re dull. Austin is successfully working with this disorder and to …show more content…
Since then books and movies followed including The Dark Tower by Stephen King, Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk, and most notably Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber. With all the publicity, how can one dispel the myths and look at the facts of this disorder? There are many fictional and over exaggerated depictions. Many people assume that having more than one personality means that the individual is constantly fighting the alters off or personalities are constantly switching or intermingling. For the most part people who suffer from DID will change personalities, but it last longer than a few minutes, a personalities shift can last weeks and sometimes years (Wilson). The only time personalities may switch often is during extremely stressful situations, psychotherapy, or in some extreme cases while the individuals personality splits even further. Sybil, probably the most famous case of this disorder wasn’t even DID at all. Professor Mikkel Borch-Jacobsen uncovered many lose ends when it came to this book. The real life Sybil, Shirley Mason, eventually divulged the information that she didn’t have any personalities before she started going to psychotherapy with her therapist Dr. Wilber. You may ask, “Well how would she know if she had any personalities”? Well she wouldn’t know, but individuals with DID often have bouts of amnesia where they aren’t sure where they have been, what they did, who they were with and so on. When Mason first started therapy it is reported

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