I asked 5 people who have had MPD (Multiple Personality Disorder) / DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder) a series of questions about having multiple personalities. Here are their answers.
Jeanette Bartha, USA
When did you start exhibiting alternate personalities (alters), and what do you think caused them?
I started to exhibit alters about 3-4 weeks after beginning treatment with an MPD expert. What caused them was having 100% insurance coverage, being sequestered on the ward, not seeing friends or family, a poor diet, no exercise, high doses of narcotics and a delusional doctor.
I’ve heard people with “MPD/DID” say they have blackouts or periods of memory loss when being different alters. Did you? If so, can you explain the cause of the blackouts?
No blackouts unless you count being given too many narcotics.
Did your friends and family believe you had different personalities? If so, why do you think they believed you?
They never knew about the details of my treatment.
Would you say you were acting? Did it feel like acting?
No, I wouldn’t say I was acting. I was living up to his expectations and believed the alters were real – after a while and many truth serum interviews. I was assured by the doctor that I was not acting, lying, or mis-remembering.
If you could say one thing to yourself at that time, what would it be?
Run! You’re much worse than you were at admission. Get out of here.
What made you stop believing you had multiple personalities?
It was an ah-ha moment. I had been jogging and my head cleared.
Are multiple personalities real?
Only in the minds of some psychiatrists and film-makers.