So frustrated right now. Ben noticed we had gotten 100+ hits in a very short time and we discovered it was due to the site StumbleUpon, which is a discovery engine that finds and recommends web content based on your search preferences.
For fun, we decided to to check it out and created an account. Upon adding the term “Dissociative Identity Disorder” to our search list, we stumbled upon two upsetting sites.
The first depicted a comic mocking DID with a character telling his doctor that he suspected he had “split personalities” to which his doctor retrieved an ax and proceeded to split his patient’s head open. Disgusting.
Evie fled to the bedroom, understandably upset (even cartoon gore is triggering for us), and Ben clicked the “Stumble!” button to advance to a new random site. When he and I returned to the computer, we found this article.
The author, Alexandria V. Resnica, begins by talking about the stigma of mental illness. At first I believed this article was going to discuss the realities of mental disorders, possibly separating the myths from the truths. Instead, she perpetuates nearly every negative stereotype there is.
Sure enough, DID is number 2. For each condition she explains what it is and how we “fit” into “normal society,” basically meaning how those with DID affect “normal” people. According to her, the average multiple should have a total of 3 alters. Also, you can expect to live in an institution (or be in the care of family and friends) if you are not integrated.
This ignorance is so frustrating. For several of the other conditions, she also encourages her readers to continue the pigeon holing and dehumanizing of people with mental illness. These beliefs, in my opinion, make for a more dangerous society.
She claims to have gotten her information from the American Psychiatric Association’s “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, Text Revision.” If she really did, then she obviously did not understand what she had read.
I seriously am tempted to throw my laptop out my window. Is this really what society thinks of us?