I have to confess it was me. I have actually pretended to be these people and left comments in their name. Some of you may not be too surprised at this unless you actually thought God and the Queen visited Jammy Toast on a regular basis. However, The Chimpton was shocked to the core and has accused me of being a “freak” and suggested I have Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID).
Now DID is a mental disorder characterized by at least two – in my case obviously many more – distinct and relatively enduring identities. These identities show up in a person’s behaviour and is often accompanied by memory impairment – this again is an exact description of me because I keep forgetting people’s names (except for made-up ones, obviously) – and cannot be explained by ordinary forgetfulness.
These symptoms are not accounted for by substance abuse, seizures, or other medical conditions, nor by imaginative play in children. Dissociative symptoms range from common lapses in attention, becoming distracted by something else, or daydreaming. However, they have been attributed to disruptions in memory caused by trauma or other forms of stress.
It is generally believed that DID rarely resolves itself spontaneously. In general, prognosis is poor, especially for those with other similar disorders. DID is diagnosed more frequently in North America than in the rest of the world, and is diagnosed three to nine times more often in females than in males. DID became a popular diagnosis in the 1970s, ’80s, and ’90s, but it is unclear whether the actual rate of the disorder increased, whether it was more recognized by health care providers, or whether sociocultural factors caused an increase in presentations.
So what is the answer to this? I can only see three alternatives;
- either all these famous people actually visit Jammy Toast
- I have DID – and the associated forgetfulness – and as such I am fucked
- The Chimpton is a little naïve and over-believing
Finally, to finish, I would just like to ask one question; who is it who spends her days locked away from the world, talking to Eddie Bear but has the cheek to suggest that I have a Multiple Identity Disorder?
I tell you, Mental Health Issues are ripe around Jammy Toast!
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