When My Body is Someone Else’s….
Multiple Personality Disorder – it’s something that we’ve heard a lot about, something that has been the subject of many movies like Split. But haven’t you ever wondered if it was real? Haven’t you wondered if it’s as intensely dramatic as shown in the movies? Well, the truth is, it’s very real. And it may be more intense than you ever thought possible.
What exactly is Multiple Personality Disorder?
Multiple Personality Disorder aka Dissociative Identity Disorder is a mental disorder where one person has two or more personality states. No, it’s not schizophrenia, where people get confused with reality and imagination, albeit their symptoms are somewhat similar. A person with DID may have a number of personalities, ranging anywhere from 2 to 23 or even more. Another feature of this disorder is that it has no permanent cure. It can only be controlled through psychotherapies, counseling, etc. learning to live in harmony with the other personalities. It’s like having kids you know, once you have them, you have them, no turning back.
It’s interesting to note that the personalities do not have an age-limit or gender restriction, i.e., a 25-year old person with DID may have the personalities of a 2-year old girl and that of a 90-year old man. And these personalities are not limited to human beings either, they could well be animals.
A person with DID may be aware of all the personalities residing within but may not be conscious about what each one does. Therefore, situations may get way out of control frequently.
The working of the brain and human body differs according to each personality. Surprised? Well, it’s true. For example, let’s imagine that there is a 20-year old DID patient, Tom, who has two other personalities, one that of a 2-year old boy, Ron, and the other of a 40-year old boxer, Hank. Tom is a nerd. Ron’s a shy kid, he likes spiderman. Hank is an aggressive hunk, very strong. When Ron’s personality comes to surface, Tom’s body language and cognitive processes will be that of Ron. When Hank’s personality comes to surface, Tom becomes stronger and more aggressive than what he actually is.
Well, remember the monster from Split, The last and most dangerous personality residing in Kevin’s body? Remember how his bodily characteristics changed and he literally became a monster? Well, I can guarantee that it isn’t far from possible!
But what would cause such kind of intense, deep, mental confusion?
Well, the most common cause of DID is childhood trauma or abuse. Many patients were people who were abused brutally in their childhoods or experienced something too traumatic in their lives, that damaged their minds forever.
I know, it all seems too dramatic to be real. But the sad truth is that such things are not just a fragment of someone’s imagination, these things happen a lot.
And if we, by any chance, stumble across such a situation, we must do all that we can to stop it.
Is there a cure?
Well, nope. There isn’t any permanent cure. One can only control it through psychotherapy and counseling and other treatments.
If there is a message that I wan to convey right now, then it’s that you shouldn’t ever hesitate to cry. Wondering why that’s relevant? Well, many of us are ashamed to cry, we at times think that crying is for the weak. But trust me, people who cry are more than often, the strongest. If you wanna cry, then cry. You know, I always think that the human mind is like a pressure cooker. If you don’t let the steam out at least bit by bit, then it’s gonna burst sometime, often resulting in something as dire and dangerous as DID.
And, if you by any chance come across someone being abused, please don’t hesitate to help in any way possible. It’s the least we can do.
If you are stressed, then talk to someone you trust, or seek help from a counselor. Please don’t hold it all in.
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