At The Beginning Of This Year, The Movie Split Came Out

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At the beginning of this year, the movie Split came out in theaters. It was largely talked about because it portrays a man who struggles with severe Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID). This form of mental illness is also known as Multiple Personality Disorder. It is a more extreme mental illness and is not as common as other illnesses such as anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder. Psychology Today defines DID as: “Dissociative identity disorder is a severe condition in which two or more distinct identities, or personality states, are present in—and alternately take control of—an individual. Some people describe this as an experience of possession. The person also experiences memory loss that is too extensive to be explained by…show more content…
Dissociative Identity Disorder is a difficult illness to diagnose because many of the symptoms can reflect other disorders at first. Since it is such a complex disease, diagnosing a person with it is not a quick and easy process. It typically takes close to a decade to become a definite diagnosis. A major indicator is an individual having two or more distinct personalities or “alters”. The alters can be different races, genders, ages, or even animals. Each personality has his or her own mannerisms, accents, postures, and gestures. These split personalities take over the original individual’s personality. This leads to the person losing the ability to recall what happened during the switch. Each personality will have different memories and the ability to recall different things that have happened during that one personality having control at the time. When a switch happens, that personality has complete control of the person’s behavior, actions, and thoughts. The period of switching can happen in a moment or even days.
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders has a helpful guide to diagnose someone with DID. “Two or more distinct identities or personality states are present, each with its own relatively enduring pattern of perceiving, relating to, and thinking about the environment and self. Amnesia must occur, defined as gaps in the recall of everyday events, important personal information, and/or
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