In 1957 the movie, “The Three Faces of Eve” starring Joanne Woodward had a tremendous impact on the viewing audience. Ms Woodward won an academy award for her performance.
“Eve” was actually a woman named Chris Sizemore who suffered from what was then called “Multiple Personality Disorder”. [More]
August 23, 2014
by Cathy England, MA
Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) was formerly known as multiple personality disorder, and remains to this day as one of the most controversial and misunderstood disorders in the Diagnostic Manual. It is a difficult diagnosis to make, and often is more difficult to treat. It has been the topic of many Hollywood productions which gives laypeople an idea that they understand what it is, but as is often the case in movies and media, there is some sensationalism that occurs. It is not a common diagnosis and is only one of the classified dissociative disorders. [More]
DID is a rare mental illness that results most often from early trauma, such as incest, repeated child abuse or sexual assault. People with DID develop distinct personalities referred to as ‘alters’. A person with DID may have as many as 100 or as few as 2 different alters. The alters usually differ greatly; some may be very young and vulnerable (a victim personality), while others may be aggressive or violent (a protector personality). [More]