There are many shows on television that are too good to be true and so far from the truth. Even so called reality TV is unbelievable and come to find out most of it is staged, prompted or enhanced. There is one show that stands out because it is different from the rest. This fictional show portrays some real life issues, a psychological disorder called dissociative disorder and how real people would act and react. This television show is much better than reality television and most television shows that are on the air today.
Dissociative disorder has been around for years. It is most commonly known as multi-personality disorder from previously being labeled as such prior to the American Psychological Associations Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, Fourth Edition, Text Revision (DSM IV TR). This psychological disorder was made popular by such movies such a Sybil (1976), The Three Faces of Eve (1957), and Me, Myself, and Irene (2000).
Dissociative disorder has been defined as “a category of DSM-IV disorder in which emotional conflicts are so repressed that a separation or split in the personality occurs, resulting in an altered state of consciousness or a confusion in identity. Symptoms may include amnesia, somnambulism, fugue, dream state, and dissociative identity disorder. It is caused by an inability to cope with severe stress or conflict and usually occurs suddenly, after a situation catastrophic to the person. Treatment may include hypnosis, especially when amnesia is the primary symptom; psychotherapy; and use of antianxiety medication. Also called dissociative reaction. Compare conversion disorder. See also dissociation.”
It has also been confused by the general public with schizophrenia, “a psychotic disorder (or a group of disorders) marked by severely impaired thinking, emotions, and behaviors. Schizophrenic patients are typically unable to filter sensory stimuli and may have enhanced perceptions of sounds, colors, and other features of their environment. Most schizophrenics, if untreated, gradually withdraw from interactions with other people, and lose their ability to take care of personal needs and grooming.”
The United States of Tara is a Showtime original series created by Diablo Cody and executively produced by Steven Spielberg since 2009-2011. It is about a women, wife, mother, sister, and daughter who is surviving from dissociative identity disorder (DID). With a handful of various personalities that just appear with seemingly no warning, the stories depict what is really close to real life situations while Tara herself, along with her husband, two children, sister, family and friends handle these episodes of DID. From Tara showing up as a guy named Buck to her teenage daughter’s school performance to showing up as Alice a 1950’s home maker to the ‘T” to a parent and teacher conference for her gay teenage son. Also there are the family and friends that do not understand such as Tara’s sister calling what Tara has as schizophrenia.
Those are just some of the beginning, everyday situation this family, like real families, have to deal with in having a loved one who is surviving from dissociative identity disorder. Take a look for yourself and see why The United States of Tara is one of the best and seemingly realistic television shows today. (http://www.sho.com/site/tara/home.sho)
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