Is Dissociative Identity Disorder Just A Trend?


Hi! It’s Wyn. Welcome to another educational video by the Entropy System. A while back I received a pair of comments on my initial video where my alters and I talked a little bit about what it’s like to live with dissociative identity disorder. Both comments express some skepticism on the legitimacy of my diagnosis and both alluded to the idea that having D.I.D. seemed to be a trend lately. I’m assuming that they’re referring to the uptick of D.I.D. youtubers over the past few years and the explosion of them over the past couple months. So is saying “I have D.I.D.” trendy now? Well, yeah. Kind of. Let me tell you about it. Dissociative identity disorder has a centuries old record of stigma. The very first recorded case of dissociative identity disorder happened in 1584 where a young woman was believed to be possessed. Luckily for us, she recorded the details of her exorcism quite thoroughly and modern-day psychologists were able to look at it and recognize that what she was describing was to-the-letter dissociative identity disorder. A similar case of D.I.D. thought to be possession was recorded in 1623. Even though we have these records there wasn’t an actual diagnosis of dissociative identity disorder– then called multiple personality disorder–until 1882. Fast-forward about a hundred years and you have Sybil being released in the early 1970s as a book and then a couple years later as a feature-length film that was, of course, framed and scored and lit just like a horror film. Though, multiple personality disorder was finally on the public radar and the numbers of diagnoses exploded. Not because it was suddenly cool or trendy to have, but because people didn’t know what to look for or didn’t know to look for it at all. Since then people have been discussing dissociative identity disorder, but never really in a great light. [“Today it is called multiple personality disorder.”] [Angry grunting] Never was multiple personality disorder, or later dissociative identity disorder, displayed in a positive light, in a way where so one could look at that and say, “Wow they’re really functional humans.” And then, in 2013, something beautiful happened. Diaries of a Broken Mind was released. [Upbeat music] [“To get inside our minds.”] [“Why?”] [“In order to understand what it’s like”] [“to have a mental health disorder.”] And most importantly, it featured Jess. [“I’m going to be the first boy dinosaur.”] [“I put my glasses on. Do I look a bit more glam?”] Diaries of an open mind is an award-winning documentary that showcases 25 individuals with varying mental disorders living their daily lives. A young woman named Jess who has dissociative identity disorder is featured prominently. She was shown to have struggles, but here she was going to school, having a job, being in a healthy relationship. These kinds of things were not showcased in depictions of dissociative identity disorder up until this point. Unfortunately for Jess, being a front-runner on a big social movement isn’t an easy task. She ended up losing her job because her workplace saw the documentary. She received a lot of hate on the internet and she sort of disappeared into the shadows for a while. But then, Diaries of a Broken Mind won the Mental Health in Media Awards and Jess was encouraged again. She was reinvigorated and started her YouTube channel called Multiplicity & Me. Here she showcased snippets of her daily life hoping to break down the stigma behind the idea of evil alters and giving people like me hope that, even with a diagnosis of D.I.D., things were gonna be okay. Jess was a real inspiration to a lot of people and her steps lit a flame of inspiration into Youtubers like The Labyrinth System and the Stronghold System who decided to add their voices in the battle to break stigma against this disorder. Slowly, YouTubers began to pop up, most of them claiming Jess as their initial inspiration. But Jess in her system weren’t really comfortable being the one and only big name out there with dissociative identity disorder. They wanted other people to tell their story as well because they knew that A) their version of dissociative identity disorder is not the only look for dissociative identity disorder and also, they recognized that the larger the pool of voices were speaking out about this disorder and about the truth of it, the more effective it would become. Collectively as we work together, we’re stronger. And so she initiated the project Multiplicity and Us. [“We’re just one example this disorder. Like, all we expected to happen was to be like one drop in the ocean.”] [“I want to push the attention, like, away from us”] [“and I actually want to introduce the project that Jake’s been doing called Multiplicity and Us”] Originally it was meant to be its own channel where people would send her videos and she would upload them creating a space for D.I.D. YouTubers from all over the world to be showcased together. [“It originally was gonna be a channel, but we decided that was actually just gonna be too much pressure.”] Right before its initial launch it was changed to a playlist so that rather than everyone sending videos to her and her running the YouTube channel, people who wanted to participate would all have their own YouTube channels and some of their videos would be put on the playlist so people could access it and see all the voices out there trying to tell people the truth about dissociative identity disorder. For me and many like myself, that was the push we needed to get online and start talking. Now there seems to be another D.I.D. YouTuber popping up once a week, and I think that’s fantastic! Is it a trend? Yeah! It is. It’s trendy now to say, “I’m not afraid.” “I’m not embarrassed by who I am. I can be a functional human being.” “I don’t have to be ashamed of my diagnosis.” And that’s a trend I can really get behind. If you’d like to check out some of the other YouTubers who have been making videos about their system and their experience, I’m gonna put a link to the Multiplicity and Us playlist below in the description. I definitely encourage you to check it out. I am happy to call myself friends with a lot of these Youtubers and have connected with just about all of them on social media and online support groups. So despite the hateful comments, I plan on continuing to make videos, uh, for the foreseeable future. Does that mean I’m just a bandwagoner? I don’t know. Maybe. But when the trend is breaking stigma, I’m fine with that. That’s all for now. Have a great day.

100 thoughts on “Is Dissociative Identity Disorder Just A Trend?

  1. Yes. OMG yes. This. I feel like this was so needed. I'm probably gonna refer to this video on our channel at some point if that's ok. Thank you for this.

    – Danny

  2. Yes! I love that this is becoming the trend – People standing up and sharing their stories to break stigma, raise awareness, and bring hope to people who previously had no examples of positive multiples. Thank God for brave youtubers coming out of the shadows and being a light for so many with this disorder!! It IS possible to live life with DID. ❤

  3. You always get these dingdongs who think they're super smart for pointing out a "trend" when a marginalized group of individuals who didn't have a prominent or positive voice in the wider culture suddenly come forward when there is a "figure head" of the unheard voice bringing the group to attention by showing that they're not alone and can finally open up about their experiences and struggles. Its a sign of people going "wow i deal with that shit too! maybe i can show others that they're not alone either while also finally opening up about my struggles as well!" But no, its ~~trendy~~. Saying someone is trying to be trendy with their mental health disorders, even if they seem bizarre at first, is such a shitty way of showing that they're actually too lazy to try and understand. You guys have my support.

  4. thank you so much for this channel. i have a friend who told me they had DID last year, and i didn't know what to think or how to respond. i knew there was a lot i didn't know and i was afraid of my own prejudices but i didn't know how to overcome them and gain better understanding. i didn't know how to ask questions but you and Jeremy: an Alternate Perspective have answered questions i didn't know i had and helped me to overcome any fear/concerns i may have had. i felt ashamed of these struggles and this has been a helpful place for me to overcome them without me having to ask my friend a thousand uncomfortable questions. keep up the good work, and that applies to all channels about DID and again- thankyou

  5. This "trend" is great because people who don't have it, like me, learn about it and share the information to people they know. I have quite a few friends who now know the truth, and so on. In fact this is one of the channels that sparked an interest in me to learn lots about it and even write a speech on it for my English class!

  6. Thank You! Interesting. I also think, that it is some kind of a Trend now… But it is limited to mainly English-speaking Countries I would say.. In the Country in which I am, DID on YouTube is not so trendy, well it is almost death… 🙁

  7. I know I have at least two friends with DID. Either I have a very improbable set of friends or it's more common than people think. Just finally getting some positive attention.

  8. Shared confidence! We support one another to share our experiences. It’s not that all these new channels are “faking” – it’s that they have found the encouragement and support to finally go public about their diagnosis. Myself included! Xx

  9. God I thank you for this video, but yes D.I.D IS a trend now but there's two sides of the trend one is people sharing their stories to break stigma, etc. Then there's the people that WANT D.I.D going around like Hey guys, I got D.I.D! Give me attention I'm mentally ill! and that side of this trend makes me mad if I have to say. Then there's those people that think our problem or alters are fake and we are just pretending and sadly I handle that everyday. I hear Oh you''re just faking it so stop or You need a insane asylum. but you know what D.I.D isn't a thing that you just "Fake". No. D.I.D is a thing that people need to accept it and open up to us; like myself I have a system of 12 and they're family, the ones that kept me alive my whole life, they're there when no one is in reality so I''m happy to say that I'm a proud person that has D.I.D and nothing will change that.

  10. It makes me so happy to see the stigma broken, especially since I now have knowledge that I can use to inform others. DID is so interesting and I've found that people with DID are some of the kindest and most enjoyable to watch. I'm glad that more and more people, with or without DID, are becoming more aware of the disorder and the fact that it isn't anything to fear.

  11. You are a natural Wyn! You are made for the camera, so charismatic and articulate! Gosh I love your videos 😍

  12. This is so cool! I've seen a few other DID Youtubers come up whenever I was searching for your name, (before I subscribed) and I've seen Multiplicity and Me various times. I'm glad you included her backstory of how she got started in YT. I look forward to checking out other Youtubers who do have DID out, but I think you Wyn and everyone else will always be my number one favorite Youtuber who has DID. I'm really happy you started your channel.

  13. I'm just starting to discuss DID with my therapist because I never realized that apparently not everyone lives their life this way. If it weren't for the youtube channels I've found I wouldn't have even realized this was something I was struggling with. So I'm thankful for this trend!! Thankful to everyone brave enough to talk about a disorder so highly stigmatized.

  14. Man, I’d love to live in this alternate universe the haters seem to be from where everyone with a mental disorder is taken so seriously and gets all the accommodations they need without question. And we’re all apparently so cool that everyone wants to be like us! Must be nice, lol.

  15. Man, I’d love to live in this alternate universe the haters seem to be from where everyone with a mental disorder is taken so seriously and gets all the accommodations they need without question. And we’re all apparently so cool that everyone wants to be like us! Must be nice, lol.

  16. I think that it's neat that there's a community of DID on youtube now. It took way too long to come about but I'm glad it's around. I'm a visual learner and love video and media and being able to see other systems out there visually really helps me realize how not alone I am in this disorder. Thanks for the video as always 🙂 The less stigma I get online the more I realize that it's possible that someday I will be able to say that I have DID and not be scared of the reaction.

  17. There are not enough words in the world to say THANK YOU enough times! It's time to break the stigma! With all of the awful things going on in the world it is so incredibly important for there to be a cacophony of voices speaking their truth. ❤❤❤

  18. I don't have DID but I do have ASD. And I think the things you around 6:00 is just so true, not only for DID but for mental health issues in general. What you say realy expressed my feelings about autism and I love this view. Thank you 🙂

  19. Hey, just wanted to say I really like your channel, keep it up guys!
    I also have a question: are you (Wyn) the original or is it someone else of you?

  20. Its not real. None of it is. We have a thing called life inside us all. We are full of expression yet all lived supressed. It is all play. Dont believe the madness of it all

  21. You are my inspiration! !I just love you and so relate to you and you give me and my troops the courage to keep on keeping on !! You rock and I love how open you are and your system is amazing! !!!!

  22. This. Video. Is. Amazing! I love this video. 🙂 Jess and the boys really inspired so many people and it was the first thing I saw that was similar to what we went through. I'm so happy there are so many amazing YouTubers documenting their DID/OSDD and mental health journeys. We've met so many beautiful people through YouTube and are bless to call them friends. <3 Thanks for making this, Wyn.

  23. Thank you for continuing to make such great content! It's really inspiring to see other people come forward with their stories. I personally would love to join but have been manipulated both online and irl after disclosing having DID. It's something I keep under wraps as much as possible. I commend every you tuber for their bravery to fight against the stigma. It also helps my system not feel so alone ♡

  24. we got first diagnosed when we were 9, by a teacher. but that really wasn't a real diagnosis I guess because it was a teacher. but about 1 year ago we officaly got diagnosed, by a mental health worker. and then when we had to tell our school, and they said it really fit because all through our schooling we all went at some point and the teachers noticed.

  25. you definitely broke the stigma with me…I'd never thought of DID in any terms other than where I'd seen it in films like split, but now I see its not such a terrifying thing -you're all just really truly lovely individuals 🙂 I feel like now, if I ever meet someone or make a friend who has DID, Ill be coming into the relationship in a healthy way, I will understand them better and know how to support and care for them better.

  26. I find your videos very interesting and informative. I love the way you explain things and speak clearly, which makes things for a non-native English speaker such as myself easier to understand. Plus your voice is very comforting 🙂 You're all amazing.

  27. You're literally so incredible!!! Yay!! This warms my heart I'm so happy for you! Continue to spread education and breaking stigma; it's amazing!

  28. I don’t have d.i.d but I do have a major interest in psychology so this has been amazing binge watching you and the other systems out there

  29. Can i ask about something..i'm just curious. is it true that people who having DID will recovered if the host remembered and faced their childhood trauma? What i mean here recovered is when all the personality are gone.
    Btw i loved watching your videos 🙂

    TOGETHER WE CAN FIGHT STIGMA!

    *sorry with my poor English

  30. It's funny how people seem to think something has become trendy when they finally manage to speak up. I've even heard someone say that it's "trendy to be gay" now that the LBTQ movement has progressed. It only goes to show you that most people are still stuck in a time where "a trend" is something that people do because they think it's cool.

  31. Honestly I’m glad that DID you tubers are more popular because all I had before this was the tv show Total Drama and that is like not very correct…

  32. When some people “pretend to have things wrong with them not only are they going get themselves into something they can’t fix but when they do this, people who are actually experiencing these problems that try to seek answers who are scared and they don’t know what the hell is going on at times and you just feel so weird and uncomfortable all the time!

    It’s a hard feeling to describe but then again I’m bad at explaining anyway

    And they can’t seek help because of people using these things as a trend because they don’t want to be seen as part of that group, their scared to come out and say somethings wrong with them because they’ll get hatred and accusations from other people. Youre right People DONT have to be afraid

    I came here because after several months I have been experiencing some pretty weird shit and that’s when this person made herself known, usually it was just me and F (he doesn’t want me to tell his name) who’s been with me since 13, I have anxiety and Aspergers, I was raised under a VERY strict roof.

    I won’t tell you my life story either because others might think differently with the chance certain people might find me.
    But F is so selfless that he has put me first after these years and was there when I needed him most, before F it was someone I named Vixen and Tornado(I was 9 so obviously they’d have stupid names) and before that when I was even younger I just called the voice who spoke to me “brain” until I called her Tornado.

    I remember them all. In order
    Tornado, Vixen, Orbit, Zonah(she wasn’t nice), until I met Freedo at 13. At 18 it was just us till Inferious arrived, a faceless version of me which was odd seeing most of the ones I encountered were their own people and she made life very difficult for me, she was worse then Zonah. She wouldn’t go away till I reached 20 after Mimi replaced her, Mimi claimed she got rid of Zonah and would help me for now on.

    Her ‘help’ isn’t helpful and now she’s making life very difficult and she takes over, the first time she took control I was still aware and it came as a horrible shock when I couldn’t move my own body and I panicked telling her to stop, she would till 2 hours later and she’s recently done it a second time by being rude to my friend and causing unnecessary drama.

    No I’m not diagnosed with DID and I wasn’t even aware of it till I looked up what I was experiencing and I got upset reading it. However I have autism and anxiety.

    I’m planning on getting it looked at in case it isn’t and it’s just me and if it is then I’ll do everything to try make it better to work with.

    I’m happy that people are being brave and coming out no matter the amount of hate they will get from ignorant people who want to needlessly stick the label of attention seeker on people who aren’t attention seekers.

    This comment was longer then I meant it to be lol, please be easy on me and I’m sorry in advance if I said the wrong thing.

  33. Thanks so much Win, for me I have been able to access the experiences of others through this platform YouTube that hasn’t been available before. My partner has DID, we live in harmony and love and she has always kept it a secret….we are much older than the YouTubers speaking out now because some the stigma attached has affected her deeply. But it’s so helpful for me, giving me a deeper understanding of DID and also seeing that amongst the struggles normal lives are happening. She worked for many years to become co conscious and we are a family. I have a host of others with whom I have wonderful, loving and differing relationships. It makes me happy to see so many of you educating, sharing and speaking honestly about your lives. I’m very grateful. For us, it’s just our life, but it’s given me so much hope for a younger generation of people living with DID, you don’t have to be alone and secretive as she has. 😍🙏🏽

  34. Sure there are those who will use a diseases or disorders to gain attention and to manipulate others this is not uncommon! Sure there are those who have posted on Youtube claiming DID and are playing but believe this should never be used to claim DID is not real. Also we must point out that YouTube should not be the first or main source for anyone to self diagnose themselves with any mental disorder much less DID. The current uptick in those posting DID video on YouTube seems to us to have started with the fictional representation of DID with the release of the movie Split.

  35. I've been wondering how you (Wyn and your headmates) felt about the movie Split (if you saw it)? I don't have DID, but I have PTSD and other mental disorders and was rather surprised at the way mental illness and trauma was portrayed in a suspense film. Obviously everything was taken to extremes at the end of the film, but they seemed to attempt to remain respectful with PTSD and DID. At least more than the norm until now.
    Not having DID, I could relate a bit more with the female lead in the regards of mental health, so I've been wondering how someone with DID felt about it, as it does have a rather extreme outcome at the end of the film.

  36. what do you think of those who create willingly headmates without having any disorder or trauma beforehand ?

  37. As someone who has been diagnosed with a mental illness, this gives me so much hope. Thank you for all you do.

  38. I used to be functional. 50 years functional, doctorate, family and it all blew apart. I am hoping to get back to functional, it hurts so much. I do not relate to jess at all. HOnestly, they turn me off. She was one of my first exposures after our diagnosis. Oy

  39. Your channel is very infomative and really well made. Please, be honest, what do you think about people who pretend to have DID? What do you think about Serenity Rayne channel? https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCA9OSLIKXihDMwvfzSronQ
    please take a look at this video https://youtu.be/IU5y5GQ_dBw

  40. I'm sure you have D.I.D and you're doing a great job informing people about it. Please, say that Serenity Rayne is faking it. She's an attention seeker and a very bad actress. She's doing it only for attention and money. She says that her diagnosis is self made. PLEASE CONFIRM that a diagnosis can only be made and certificated by a specialist. PLEASE, say that If you have D.I.D you need doctors, theraphy and pills. She's giving a bad image of D.I.D. That's not D.I.D. People need to know it. She is faking it or that's a case of 'Münchausen Syndrome by Internet'.

  41. I'm sorry but l can't stand fakers. How can she fake DID? How can someone in the world fake l don't know something like cancer? PLEASE lets say it loud: if you think you have D.I.D. please go to a specialist and if you have it please do theraphy and cure yourself. SERENITY RAYNE is giving a really bad example saying 'no doctors, no theraphy, no pills.'

  42. I found this awesome resource for people with DID and just wanted to share it. I hope it helps people like it helped me.
    https://www.discussingdissociation.com/2018/05/the-saddest-little-bear-dissoci-action-story-pack-is-ready/

  43. IHAVE DID FOR 10 YEARS AND I ASSURE FOR EVERYONE IT IS DEMON POSSOSSION I AM DOING SPIRTUAL TREATMENT and sometimes when demon moves I get out dissection still not full cured but I am pretty sure it is demon issue I wasit 10 years with lies of pschatrists and my advice to you don't waist time on them or on there medicine instead find way to let this demon out.if you want fast proof to what I am saying let someone sleep on the same bed you sleep for 3 days and you will see how dissection reduced it is not cure because he wont leave the body you need to find a way for that,every culture has it is way

  44. We live in a country where DID is not considered a valid diagnosis, so finding any professional who can help us is almost impossible. And you know what? I wish this trend was around when I was 13, depressed and wondering why my sense of identity is so wobbly, why I keep relapsing into depression and why people keep telling me I behave like different people.

  45. What a great video! I found you using the Multiplicity and us playlist. And I have fell in love with you and all your alters! I myself do not have DID but your courageous attitude and beautiful heart has made me so interested in your story. Keep making vids everyone. Love to you all!

  46. This was really interesting. I knew almost none of this though I had actually run across Jess' channel a year or so ago, and I even discovered the Multiplicity and Us playlist. I hadn't realized at the time it might have been one of the only channels of its kind or that Jess and her system had been frontrunners of the current informative moment surround DID. Thank you for making this.

  47. This is good, this is true. I see a lo of people saying mental illness is a trend. The question I have for them is is that because it's being misdiagnosed or because people are more comfortable being open about it? I mean I've got a "friend" who thinks I don't actually have DID I'm just following a crowd…..Although for the life of me I can't figure out why anyone would WANT to follow a trend like that. Mental illness isn't fun, and from what I've found you're more likely to get rejected because of it. I agree with everything you said but I probably would use a different word (than trend) to explain it.

  48. I am not quite sure where my comment will fit, but here goes. I have also noticed in the past the dearth of you tubers discussing their lives with DID. I see many on here who are much younger than this body is. That said, we are here, and this body is in the so to speak “senior”age range. We are really excited to see the possibilities for support, but are also cautious, if not scared of revealing too much about ourselves. Sorry if anyone said too much.

  49. Honestly, of all the people in Diaries of a Broken Mind, Jess was probably the one who was in the best place in her life. Yes, she has struggles, Jake especially had issues shown in the documentary, but all of the System were more functional than most of the others in the documentary (not that I think ill of any of those people or those mental illnesses). She hosted a successful lecture on DID and I think she was actually the one who took the least medication. It took two stereotypes and flipped them on their head. The first stereotype being that people with DID can't be functional, and the second one being that mental illnesses like anxiety aren't 'that bad.'

    Honestly that documentary was a miracle.

  50. i know these personalities as guardians, and i don't think it is an disorder, if you have the ability, ask one of the personalities what they can tell you about guardians

  51. I actually have met a someone who claimed to have DID, but appearently turned out to be faking it.

    Their alters only ever seemed to show up when one of them got called out for being an asshole to say stuff along the lines of, “That was Joe stopping calling him out you’re going to make him kill himself and therefor us.”

    And when people who actually had DID tried to talk to them about this their conversations lead to one conclusion: this was a kid pretending to have a mental illness to get away with being a dick on the internet.

    I’m hoping this was a one off deal. I have friends with DID and I don’t want to see them getting hurt as the result of idiots spreading the wrong idea like this.

  52. Yes! Jess changed my life by making it okay for me to admit my weird "alter ego" who I had no control over (despite my efforts to prove he was somehow just me/my imagination) might be another personality. It made my journey to self discovery okay. It also made it okay to start talking about it (albeit only online in safe spaces). I will always be grateful to her and you for filling the shameful and ignorant silence and for shining a light on this disorder.

  53. It's a beautiful thing to have some context and organisation to my brain to know how to organise and take care of the feelings and emotions my different parts have. I'm only just starting to feel enough hope and clarity to be able to be nicer and more supportive so my parts feel more inclined to open up to me. I would love to advocate more for severe attachment trauma leading to frequent dissociation and disruption to daily life. It's tricky when society puts all the faith in family to be there for physically disabled people because of the shaming and stigma against us talking about attachment trauma being a result of the dynamics of our primary caregivers. The older I get the less I care about people who think I shouldn't speak up about it coz they think I'm shaking my parents and others who care about me but didn't know how they needed to help me at the time. I've learnt more helpful clues to make sense of where my mind is at in the last few months than I have in years of therapy on an off trying articulate things from parts that still very rarely feel comfortable to share there feelings.

  54. I think I might try a video, my MPD, (I refuse DID because I don’t think it is a good description) anyhow, all of you inspire me to speak about my worlds….

  55. I do love your videos! I'm learning so much! However, I got so distracted by that GIGANTIC PUFF OF FLUFF!!! I adore that kitty.

  56. i don't think it's a fad, but i often wonder if it's somewhat iatrogenic (induced by health care), i heard that the Sybil case in particular was? but maybe, despite being well known, the Sybil case was not typical?

  57. Thankfully we're FINALLY starting to move to a place, as a society, where mental health is NOT always "monstrous"! It's a seriously HUGE step and start towards a better direction.

  58. watching DID youtubers taught me that near-constant dissociation and massive changes in identity aren’t normal and that you can GET HELP. I gave up on therapy years ago because I didn’t have the language or clarity to describe any of that. now I know what to say and might actually progress. SO THANK YOU FOR STARTING A REALLY GOOD TREND!

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