My phone rang this morning around 7:15 and my friend, Wendy, was on the line telling me that they were going to be talking about Dissociative Identity Disorder (formerly know as Multiple Personality Disorder) on Good Morning America. I had seen the ads on television of Friday and I was curious so I pulled myself out of bed to see.
Mostly I was curious because I wanted to see what Herschel Walker identifying with Multiple personality Disorder was going to look like. I wanted to know if this was going to be another circus that makes multiples look bad or was it actually going to be something that helps bring useful attention to a diagnosis that many professionals still don't even want to accept.
I thought I had remembered news releases about Walker pulling a gun on his wife a while back. I knew that wouldn't make us multiples look good. It seems the only multiples that seem to get attention are those that are the extreme. Knowing that Walker pulled a gun on his wife doesn't make it look good for multiples being "normal" people with just a little bit different kind of problem.
Those professionals who do treat multiples believe that there are many multiples out there functioning just fine. No one would even notice or question because they are so high functioning. They think it's only when some kind of trauma happens that the system can get tipped out of balance and then therapy is required.
For Herschel Walker evidently that trauma was when he quit playing football. His whole life was wrapped up in that profession. When it came to an end the real problems started.
Also from the interview, it didn't sound like he really knows anything about the childhood trauma that cause him to dissociate in the first place. I wonder if the book will shed light on that subject.
That would be a good thing if he can pull it off. Because this ex pro football player is known by most Americans, he could be really helpful or do us all even more damage depending on whether or not those people believe him or not. Or whether they see him as sympathetic. If he comes off like another Mike Tyson bully athlete just trying to make excuses, he's not going to help the image of multiples. But if the public believes him and can empathize with him at all, it will sure help educate people.
My guess is many of his friends are now scratching their heads and thinking, that's what that was all about. I should have known. According to Walker the reason for the book was to help other multiples, to make people aware and help multiples be accepted.I guess for me the jury is still out. I will have to read the book. What do you all think?
Why can't some "normal" multiple like me get a book contract and tv time? I'm pretty sure the world would be surprised to see a multiple out of therapy, breeding, raising, training and showing my Arabian horses. I'm pretty sure those people in my industry would find my life to be pretty normal. A success story for a multiple is long over due if you ask me.