Movie Split and Portrayal of Dissociative Identity Disorder

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DID can be difficult to understand, and many sensationalistic movies, like Split, lead to misunderstanding. Learn what DID is really like at HealthyPlace.

Movie Split and Portrayal of Dissociative Identity Disorder

Dissociative identity disorder (DID) is one of the most difficult to understand of all mental illnesses. Given that there are many sensationalistic books and movies (the most recent one the movie Split) portraying DID doesn't help understanding.

Despite the confusion, there is actually a lot known about DID. We've provided the following facts to give our readers some very basic information, without hype, about what DID is all about.

  • DID is a dissociative disorder, which means that someone living with it has periods of altered states of consciousness and experiences the world differently. In DID, someone dissociates from his or her main reality and switches to the perspective of a different persona (Understanding Dissociative Identity Disorder Alters) .
  • DID develops in childhood because of severe trauma, often abuse. Only a small percentage of traumatized and abused children develop DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder Statistics and Facts).
  • The alternate personalities, known as alters or parts, develop as defense mechanisms and serve protective functions to help the person survive.
  • Alters can be any age and gender. They have unique traits, talents, and personalities.

People with DID can live full lives, but their lives can be confusing and difficult. The more we learn about DID, the better we'll understand not just the disorder but those living with it.

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APA Reference
Peterson, T. (2017, February 1). Movie Split and Portrayal of Dissociative Identity Disorder, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, May 19 from

Last Updated: May 8, 2017

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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