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Kluft – Video on Dissociative Identity Disorder

January 13, 2009

There is a series out on Showtime called “United States of Tara”. It is about a woman who has Dissociative Identity Disorder (D.I.D./DID) and her family. I have not seen the series. Showtime has a behind the scenes video on the series. They also have a second video with Richard P. Kluft, which I have embedded into my blog here.

In this second video,  Kluft talks about different aspects of DID…what it is like, some of its forms, its causes and how common it really is.  Obviously, there is only so much you can say about a very complex disorder in under 15 minutes, but I think he did a pretty good job, nonetheless.

The “over the top” form of DID, as Kluft calls it and as it is portrayed by Tara in the show, is in the minority. Also in the minority was Eve, as portrayed in the “The Three Faces of Eve” and Sybil, as portrayed in “Sybil”. Kluft also points out that most people who have it are pretty hidden. Their friends and family may not even know they have it because they are able to keep it so hidden.

Kluft also explains how DID has been around for a very long time. It just went by different names.  DID is not easy to live with…regardless of whether you are at the “over the top” end of the spectrum or at the hiding it very well end. It would be nice if more people could understand it and accept it…and accept those who have it. People with DID are not freaks. They are not crazy. They are people who have been through some very traumatic events in their lives and this is how they coped.

Kluft mentions “integration”. Integration is not something that every person with DID sees as desirable. Not all want it. The word itself does not even have a single definition. Whether “integrated” or not, there are many people who either have, or have had, DID who do actually get along pretty well in life. They have become united on some level to a common goal and have learned how to do life.

There are many others who struggle…a lot. They are tossed to and fro by DID and their lives are chaotic and stressful. They need acceptance and understanding. They need help to become stable…to be able to work with and through DID.

Having DID is not the end of the world. As Kluft points out…it is “curable”. They do know how to help people work through things and become better…however you choose to define that. It won’t look the same for every person, especially since not everyone who has DID is the same.

I hope that this video will help others to understand more about DID. Actually, even more importantly, I hope it might help others to better understand and accept the person who has DID. Here is the video:

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Amazing Dance and Overcoming

October 6, 2008

In a world where life is considered expendable and only the whole and perfect are considered worthy, this video was refreshing to watch.

So many will try to say that obstacles cannot be overcome, but I don’t buy into it. Just as these two young persons are overcoming their physical handicaps, I believe that we can overcome our mental/emotional ones.

We need to have good things to watch…positive things…that will uplift us. That is why I share this video with you. It sure uplifted me. Be patient. It does not really start until about 30 seconds into the video.

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If you are having trouble seeing it, it can also be found here:

Amazing Dance

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