People With DID are among Us. We Just Need to Befriend with Them

James McAvoy als Kevin in einer Szene aus dem Film «Split». Foto: Universal Pictures

Split is blowing my head up. I have to think harder and dig deeper before I write this piece for you. Split did not just tell us that dissociative identity disorder (DID) are among us. We all just do not take any attention to them. M. Night Shyamalan is praised because of it. He successfully created an unusual but compelling story about dissociative identity disorder (DID). The compliment backfires him. Some medical professionals start to criticize him. They argue that the film put people with that disorder under the negative stigma. Some even said Split is not an accurate portrayal of someone with DID. Either way, I still think Split is the best 2017 film so far.

People with DID is usually identified with fragmented two or more personality in one single body. Dissociative identity disorder, or formerly known as multiple personality disorder, is basically not a real disorder. That is what people typically heard until now. People, psychologists, and mental health professionals are still fully understand what it is.

[/media-credit] 1 body, 7 personas

The fact is about 1 to 3 percent of people in the world have DID. M. Night Shyamalan with his Split tells the audience that someone with DID has a strong tendency to be violent. But, the experts do not think in that way. They argue the person will harm themselves instead of others. People with DID is not that scary or dangerous. They just need us, to be their friends.

DID often raises because of the severe traumatic experience, like abuse and neglect, during the childhood. People just trying to escape that reality. They create the different personality (with distinct names, traits, mannerisms, and distinctive voices) inside themselves to help them out of the bizarre. However, there are some experts argue that DID do not make people have another personality. Instead, they more likely to have different states. In other words, it is described as the people might have different ways of being themselves. There are voices from nowhere that told them to possess or switches between personas. However, it is not odd that the abuse and neglect are not real. They just somehow “remember” the trauma as their real experience.

It is not very hard to recognize DID patients. Here are the clues.

  • Amnesia or blackouts (in the absence of substance use)
  • The person referring to him or herself as “we”
  • The person being told that they did certain things to don’t recall.
  • Finding unfamiliar objects or samples of strange handwriting.
  • Sleepwalking and automatic writing (such as those in fugue states)
  • Auditory hallucinations
  • Phobias; fear, often undifferentiated

Split is relatively true about the signs and symptoms. But, the film is failed to reveal the good of DID patients. Split should not demonize them.  The film did not help the society to understand DID.

We are should be aware of them. Society should take care of people who are confused with themselves. We should let the reveal their only true personality. More importantly, we just have to fix the root of the problem, abuse. All abusive and violent experience should not ever happen again to any children. Their life should be colorful, playful and full of happiness. Those are what every kid in the world deserve more than ever.

Do you think you have some kind of mental disorder like DID? Just take the quiz below to prove that.

*Note: this is just for fun. Do not take it very seriously.


Thanks to healthlinepsychologytodayhealthyplace and psychcentral for the information.



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