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DID and "The United States of Tara"

Posted Jan 07 2009 6:54pm

Showtime will be debuting later this month a new series called "The United States of Tara" about a woman with Dissociative Identity Disorder (formerly known as Multiple Personality Disorder). The show is presented as a dramedy and has a magnificent cast. But, well. . . I am not sure how I feel about this show. It's too early to tell with one episode. All I can say is that my work with individuals with DID was quite different.

"The United States of Tara" comes from Steven Spielberg and Diablo Cody, and utilizes consultants who specialize in trauma and dissociation. It is always my hope that a show like this will handle the psychological and neurobiological issues with realism and humanity. The greatest goal would be for a piece of creative entertainment to educate and take the stigma out of mental illness.

To view the first episode free, click here and use the code word: Tara.

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