Ask the psychologist - what is life like for someone with alternative identities?
Imagine if one morning you woke up believing you were a dragon … and then two days later, you were you. And then perhaps a couple of weeks later, you were back to being a dragon, or perhaps you are now a big strong tradie.
This is the reality of life for those who have Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), which used to be known as Multiple Personality Disorder. So what causes DID, and what is life like for people living with the disorder?
In this episode, I interviewed psychologist Johanna Knyn whose special area of interest is working with patients with DID. She provides insights into the real experiences of people living with the disorder, and dispels a few of the harmful myths surrounding the disorder.
It’s a fascinating insight into how some people can develop altered senses of identity, how we can all be more understanding of people in that position, and what treatment can look like to support people in their healing journey.
Joh is a qualified psychologist who owns her own psychology practice, Guided Healing Psychology, based in Brisbane. She provides psychological support specifically for those who experience Dissociative Identity Disorder and Otherwise Specified Dissociative Disorder. As part of treatment, Joh aims to guide each client on their path to personal healing, helping create harmonious relationships with the self and others (including parts of self), using evidence-based interventions.
Please note this episode does mention traumas that can cause DID that might be triggering for some listeners. If you need support, please consider making an appointment with your GP or Psychologist, or call Lifeline on 13 11 14.