Linkspam on PTSD and DID May 4, 2010Posted by Erin Ptah in News Roundup.
Tags: Barney Miller, Doonesbury, psychology, PTSD, trauma, United States of Tara
Audio slideshow about dogs trained to treat PTSD in Iraq veterans. I’m not a dog person, but I still gotta appreciate.
A recent Doonesbury storyline revolved around a relatively new character (by which I mean “introduced in 2007”; that’s “relatively new” in a strip that started in 1970) who’s a soldier, a survivor of command rape, and back in the field. Her full intro story is here, worth a read: G. B. Trudeau has been getting honors for decades over his portrayals of war and its veterans.
Moving on to DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder, formerly Multiple Personality Disorder), the Layman’s Guide does its best to be comprehensive, and Coping With DID is full of Q&As, discussion, and resources. And this essay talks about it from a psychoanalytic perspective (note: may trigger – well, more than the rest of this, I mean).
On the other hand, while a lot of the symptoms of DID read like PTSD turned up to eleven, some groups experience themselves as just multiple by nature, without their condition being “a disorder” or trauma-based at all. Loony-Brain’s comics and the webcomic Gemini lay out examples of how that experience works.
Some more personal sources: slverkriss’ DID blog talks about the complications of trauma-based multiplicity. Sidian3’s YouTube channel features everything from coping advice to rants to crafts. And awesomeastrid’s YouTube channel critiques portrayals of multiplicity in the media, with particular attention paid to United States of Tara.
Speaking of media, a 1976 episode of comedy Barney Miller, from before Sibyl became a phenomenon and defined everybody’s perceptions, brings in a character who is multiple with a straightforward explanation and relatively little fuss. Finds the humor in the situation, without (to my mind, at least) treating the condition itself as unrealistic or dismissable. A good watch.