Dissociative Identity Disorder And Media Depictions

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Dissociative Identity Disorder and Media Depictions
We live in a world where the entertainment industry is thriving. Over the years, there have been several films, books, and television shows that depict a disorder that is most currently known as Dissociative Identity Disorder, previously known as Multiple Personality Disorder. Some of the most disturbing film and television scenes are those that involve a person dramatically switching from their dominant self to a dark and demented alter ego, often making the person in question seem like they are either possessed or completely insane. After witnessing one of these scenes, people may ask themselves if such a disorder actually exists and, if so, is it really as troubling to witness as what we’re shown through media? Though Dissociative Identity Disorder is a recognized and treated illness, there is a great deal of controversy surrounding this disorder resulting in a widespread questioning as to whether the disorder actually exists. Although this disorder is on record to affect people in our world today, it is depicted through media in such a way that is much more extreme than the disorder actually is.
According to the American Psychological Association’s [APA] Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Fifth Edition [DSM-5], Dissociative Identity Disorder is described as, “the presence of two or more distinct personality states or an experience of possession and the recurrent episodes of amnesia,” (2013, p. 291).
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