I just finished watching last night's "Criminal Minds". You guessed it. The bad guy has DID. Of course he does. I cannot say enough bad things about all the media on how bad we can be, so I've decided not to go into it - you already know it.
Instead, I found a few decent things. Don't get me wrong, those things don't out weigh the fact that DIDs are portrayed wrong. I could identify with a few things, like when Adam gets the headaches and the intense confusion he feels at times. I sometimes get that way when I sort of remember something and can't really remember it, and I keep trying to remember it, or especially when I think I can actually prevent an alter from sending me away and taking over. Never works, but I always try, anyway.
What struck me right away was the bit of compassion the FBI team seemed to bestow upon Adam. Finally.
There was a line in the show that was very good. It was at the end of the show when Reed says, "We've taken the victim into custody and set the abuser free. I don't see that as much of a win..."
Reed then quoted Steven King as writing something like, "Monsters are real, and ghosts are real, too. They live inside us and sometimes, they win." For the kind of books he writes, yes. I have read a few, and with great pleasure. With DIDs, tho, the monsters were outside of us, and now it is the broken, scared, and pained who are living inside us.
Here is another quote by Steven King (on Brainyquotes.com): God is cruel. Sometimes he makes you live. And that is fodder for my next post...
Get it right, guys.
No monster(s) here,