This is a look at the amazing capacity of the mind to survive abuse through the splitting off of personalities. Usually taking hold in childhood, Multiple Personality Disorder is thought of as many people’s way of shutting out abuse and trauma from their formative years.
During this film we get to see some people who suffer from the disorder, whilst exhibiting their various different personalities.
Dissociative identity disorder (also known as multiple personality disorder ) is a psychiatric diagnosis. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders its essential feature “…is the presence of two or more distinct identities or personality states…that recurrently take control of behavior.”
The diagnosis requires that at least two personalities routinely take control of the individual’s behavior with an associated memory loss that goes beyond normal forgetfulness; in addition, symptoms cannot be the temporary effects of drug use or a general medical condition. Memory loss will occur in those with DID when an alternate part of the personality becomes dominant.