A woman who lives with Dissociative Identity Disorder - previously known as Multiple Personality Disorder - has given a rare and candid insight into what life is like living with this particular condition.
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First thing's first: What exactly is Dissociative Identity Disorder?
According to Psychiatry.org, dissociative disorders involve problems with memory, identity, emotion, perception, behavior, and sense of self.
There are 4 known types of dissociative disorders...
But Dissociative Identity Disorder is certainly the most observed, due to the main symptom being the existence of 2 or more distinct identities, or "personality states."
These distinct identities can "control" changes in behavior, memory, and thinking...
And the attitude and personal preferences - for example, about food, activities, clothes - of a person with dissociative identity disorder may suddenly shift and then shift back.
These identities happen involuntarily, and are often unwanted and cause distress.
People with dissociative identity disorder have reported feeling like "observers" of their own actions, and that their bodies can feel different - like a small child, like the opposite gender, or a different body type and shape altogether.
The vast majority of people who develop dissociative disorders have experienced repetitive or overwhelming trauma in childhood.
Among people with dissociative identity disorder in the United States, Canada, and Europe, about ninety percent were found to be victims of childhood abuse and neglect.
It's an incredibly debilitating disorder...
And can make the prospect of living a normal life almost impossible for those diagnosed with the condition.
However, there is no cure for Dissociative Identity Disorder...
So people with the condition simply have to find a way to manage and live around their various identities.
Of course, most of us can't even begin to imagine how we'd cope with such a complex mental disorder...
But one young woman is offering a rare and candid insight.
Bo Hooper, from Devon, U.K, has opened up about how she lives with the condition.
She was diagnosed with the disorder at the age of fourteen when an identity known now as Texas would come out and upset her friends.
"Then one of my friends confronted Texas and she confessed that she shouldn't be in my body. It was really scary, and I felt like Jekyll and Hyde," Bo recalled.
Bo was actually born as one of the "alter" identities...
Her original self, or "host", Rebecca, suffered extreme trauma as a child and, after being unable to cope, Bo was born and "took over as the role of host."
She claims that Rebecca very rarely comes out anymore as a result of the trauma.
The twenty-three-year-old now has twenty-five separate identities or "alters"...
All of whom have different tastes in food, music, and even partners.
Any of her personalities can arise at any time...
Which means Bo's partner, Casey, twenty-two, often has to wait until she returns.
On her identities, who each have their own names, she said:
"Toast likes to play games and he has a very brotherly relationship with Casey. Sometimes Casey walks in the room, asks me if I want a cup of tea, calls me 'darling' and a thirteen-year-old boy replies and calls him 'dude' or 'bro.'"
Rosie won't let Bo get angry...
While Layla, a 5-year-old child, refuses to be seen as a grown woman.
Tracey, on the other hand, is "really confident" and "gets drinks from guys in clubs."
"She once kissed a man for a cigarette and I don't even smoke," Bo explained.
Each of them can "come forward for just a few minutes"...
While some "stay around for days." Sometimes, Casey asks to see his girlfriend, but he is told to wait until she has returned.
Each of her personalities has a different dress sense, too.
"Toast likes really baggy clothes and Layla is really into pink, girly stuff, while I like really earthy tones and comfortable clothes."
And food can also be an issue.
"They all like different foods, one of them ordered fish in a restaurant once and I don't like fish."
But for Bo, the "zoning out" is one of the more major symptoms...
Because she often can't remember anything when she comes to. She recalled:
"I was once at a fairground on a ride that really spins you around and I zoned out through all of it and couldn't remember any of it. I just remember being dizzy after. I think it was the adrenaline, it was my instinct because I felt like I might be in danger."
And, sadly, this means she is unable to work.
With her having no control over which identity arises and takes over, Bo has found it incredibly difficult to hold down a job.
Bo now runs her own YouTube channel, Bobo & Co...
Where she documents life living with twenty-five identities - you can watch one of her videos above.
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