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What's Dissociative Identity Disorder? An Infographic Look at DID

It can be hard to know just what dissociative identity disorder (DID) is. DID is among those mental illnesses that are incredibly misunderstood. Part of the reason is that the human brain is complex, DID is complex, and researchers are just now beginning to uncover answers. Understanding is increasing so much that experts have even changed the name from multiple personality disorder to dissociative identity disorder, a much more accurate term (because someone with DID has one personality just like everyone else; with DID, someone has different identities within his or her psyche, each with his or her own single personality).
Another reason that DID is misunderstood is because there are many books and movies that tell an entertaining story but care very little for accuracy. Recently, the moving Split was released. It had some nice surprises in that parts of the movie portrayed DID accurately. Because the movie was a thriller, though, other aspects of it misrepresented DID. Split possesses the good, the bad, and the weird. With so much misunderstanding, it’s difficult to know what dissociative identity disorder really is. Here’s an infographic look at some basic facts about DID, drawn from the realistic novel Twenty-Four Shadows.

What is dissociative identity disorder? Stories, novels, can show just what DID is and what it’s like for people in the real world to live with.

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