Dissociative Identity Disorder In Hide And Seek Movie

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Towards the end of the movie, it was made clear to me that Dr. David Calloway is actually Charlie. De Niro’s character, Dr. David Calloway, played a man who suffered from Dissociative Identity disorder (DID), “characterized by the emergence of two or more distant personalities,” (Abnormal Psychology In A Changing World, DSM 5, p. 201). David was unaware of the existence of his alter personality (Charlie), who was a murderer, violent, cruel man. I think in the event of catching his wife cheating, David developed DID. Some stress and triggers a person can come across in life, can create more alters to help cope, thus Charlie was born. Charlie made it appear as if David’s wife had committed suicide, since DID can create selective amnesia,
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It is towards the end of the movie that David Callaway (Robert De Niro) is Charlie, a man suffering from Dissociative Identity Disorder and not Emily (Dakota Fanning) whose mother had just died was a far more likely candidate to develop DID, if not already developed. David developed DID when he caught his wife betraying him and as a result his alter (Charlie) killed her. David was a deeply disturbed man that feared involvement with others and because it he withdraws into himself creating Charlie as his alter personality but was unware the entire time. People with DID lose their sense of reality. Who they are depend on their feelings, thoughts, sensations, perceptions and memories that becomes disconnected from each other or doesn’t register in the conscious mind. The way DID is represented in the movie is confusing, putting thought of Schizophrenia’s involvement. Leaving the question who is suffering from this disorder? The father or the child? Although, these two disorders have similar few features, they are not the same. Schizophrenia is a serious mental disorder that causes hallucinations and delusions. The differences between these two disorders are right there in their names, Dissociative Identity Disorder is categorized by a severely dissociative, or separated, identity. On the other hand, Schizophrenia is categorized by the splitting, or breaking, of the mind’s capacity to function. This movie helps stigmatize metal illnesses to be a social norm. I am not saying this movie is bad or promotes stigmatizing but what I’m saying that De Niro’s character is given an extreme and conventional version of someone with DID. In a way, without this stereotype the movie would not cause attention to the audience. If people

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