Psychiatric And Psychological Records Of Dissociative Identity Disorder

1530 Words May 12th, 2016 7 Pages
More than two million cases can be found altogether in psychiatric and psychological records of Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID); previously called Multiple Personality Disorder. Dissociative Identity Disorder exists as a peculiar mental disorder in which a person possesses two or more evident and distinctive personalities. Through accounts like the movie Sybil, this disorder received much attention worldwide completely altering our previous ideas about Multiple Identity Disorder.
The movie Sybil is based on a true story of a shy, college student, working as a substitute teacher in New York City; who after years of memory loss and a cut hand found herself in a hospital being treated by a doctor recommending psych evaluation. Dr. Wilbur, a psychiatrist, was promoted to her case. At first glance, Dr. Wilbur did not see any abnormalities until she starts Sybil’s treatment in her office, where after opening up to the doctor, she informs Sybil that she is suffering from some sort of hysteria, encouraging her to begin a psychotherapeutic treatment to reduce the blackouts. After just a couple of minutes with Sybil, during a hysterical episode with one of her child-like personalities named Peggy, Dr. Wilbur recognizes that Sybil is suffering from Dissociative Identity Disorder. From then on, the personalities begin to introduce themselves to the doctor. Vicky, who is thirteen years old, confident, strong, mature, and French speaking acts as the coordinator to the other…
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