Previously known as multiple personality disorder (until 1994), dissociative identity disorder is a condition in which an individual has two or more distinct personalities or identity states, that may alternate within the sufferer’s conscious awareness.
Research indicates that people diagnosed with this condition have been victims of sexual abuse or other forms of criminal mistreatment.
Stress is usually the trigger for an individual with dissociative identity disorder to transition into another personality state.
In terms of gender, women are more likely than men to be diagnosed with the disorder.
- out of character behavior;
- a sense of “losing time;”
- memory gaps;
- feelings of detachment;
- exhibition of two or more personalities.
Psychotherapy is the mainstay of treatment of dissociative identity disorder and typically involves helping individuals with the disorder improve their relationships with other people and to experience feelings they are not comfortable with having.
List of Celebrities, Actors, and Other Famous People With Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID):
1) Roseanne Barr
She is an American comedian, writer, actress, and television producer who began a career in stand-up comedy in clubs before gaining popular acclaim in the television sitcom called ”Roseanne.”
During his Friday night run on The Real Time with Bill Maher, the host brought up that Roseanne Barr said she had multiple personality disorder in 1994.
Bill Maher said:
“My friend Roseanne admitted that she had been admitted to a mental institution.”
Maher later added:
”She has said she has multiple personalities and, unfortunately, one of them is quite a racist.”
2) Judy Rebick
She is a Canadian journalist, political activist, writer, and feminist who first gained national prominence as president of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women.
In her memoir called Heroes in My Head, Judy reveals that she was diagnosed with DID in the late 1980s.
The personalities, which Judy Rebick calls “the alters,” would come out in the therapy sessions.
3) Britney Spears
She is an American singer, dancer, pop icon, and actress. Probably the biggest day of Britney’s career is January 12, 1999, the day …Baby One More Time finally hit store shelves.
Many believed that Britney’s past bizarre behaviors may be down to multiple personality disorder.
For example, her ‘favorite’ identity appears to involve talking with a British accent.
Her ex-husband, Kevin Federline, also insists she has DID.
4) Kim Noble
She is an award-winning comedian, who won the 2000 Perrier Award for Best Newcomer.
Kim has this disorder and lives with about 20 split personalities.
These personalities are all quite distinct, with their own ages and names and quirks of temperament.
5) Nicki Minaj
She is a Trinidadian-born American singer, songwriter, model, rapper, and actress who gained public recognition after releasing the mixtapes Sucka Free (2008), Playtime Is Over (2007), and Beam Me Up Scotty (2009).
Minaj played the clarinet in middle school.
It seems that the media is convinced that Nicki Minaj exhibits symptoms of the disorder because she discussed her alter egos across several interviews.
6) Ansel Bourne
He was an evangelical preacher living in Rhode Island who suffered from what is called a Dissociative Fugue.
This condition is more commonly found in people who experience dissociative identity disorder.
Dissociative Fugue is characterized by the disturbance in previously cohesive and unified functions of memory, consciousness, identity, or perception of the environment.
7) Lady Gaga
She is a songwriter and singer who got her start as a seeker of pop culture celebrity.
Lady Gaga’s debut album, The Fame, stated her goal and achieved it all at once.
Lady Gaga (real name – Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta) reveals her split personality – after her father’s request to leave the right side of her physical body unmarked.
8) Billy Milligan
He was a man with DID which robbed people and raped 3 women.
In the course of preparing his defense, psychologists diagnosed Billy with multiple personality disorder.
His lawyers pleaded insanity, claiming that 2 of his alternate personalities committed the crimes without Billy being aware of it.
9) Chris Costner Sizemore
She had 22 separate personalities (died in 2016).
Her case was depicted in the 1950s book and film ”The Three Faces of Eve” by her psychiatrists, Hervey M. Cleckley and Corbett H. Thigpen.
10) Shirley Mason
She was an American art teacher who had multiple personality disorder.
Shirley’s life was purportedly described in 1973 in the book Sybil, subtitled ”The True Story of a Woman Possessed by 16 Separate Personalities.”
11) Mel Gibson
He is an American filmmaker and actor. Gibson is a 2-time academy award winner and is renowned for his portrayal as an action hero in movies like ”Lethal Weapon” and ”Mad Max” series.
Mel has told interviewers that he possesses a “viking alter” named Bjorn who he has to “bury in the sand.”
12) Robert Oxnam
He is the President Emeritus of the Asia Society New York and a China scholar. Robert ran the society for more than 10 years and led financial-cultural tours of China for Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, and George H. W. Bush.
In 1990, during one routine session with his psychiatrist, Robert Oxnam’s entire demeanor changed. Suddenly, it was not him in front of the psychiatrist, but an angry little boy named Tommy.
He made it all public in his 2005 autobiography, called ”A Fractured Mind”, in which Robert Oxnam revealed that he had been diagnosed with DID.
13) Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe was an American actress, model, singer and probably one of the most iconic sex symbols of the 20th century.
Her mother was mentally unstable and thus she was placed in foster care. Also, Marilyn never knew who her father was.
Many specialists speculate that she had this disorder.
14) Truddi Chase
One of the most unforgettable guests in Oprah Show history was a woman living with 92 distinct personalities called Truddi Chase.
She was also the author of the book When Rabbit Howls, an autobiography about her experiences after being diagnosed with DID.
Truddi died on March 10, 2010, at her home in Laurel, Maryland.
15) Herschel Walker
Herschel holds the all-time professional football record for rushing yards gained in a season, gaining 2,411 yards in 1985.
In his book, he talks about his alternate personalities in terms of their function.
Herschel Walker has – the Coach, the Enforcer, the Hero, the Consoler, the Warrior and the Daredevil.
16) Juanita Maxwell
In 1979, she was working as a hotel maid in Fort Myers, Florida. In that year, a hotel guest named Inez Kelley was murdered.
Juanita was arrested because she had a scratch on her face and blood on her shoes.
During the trial, it was found that Juanita had 6 personalities besides her own, and one of the dominant personalities committed the murder.
17) Adam Duritz
He is a piano player and innovative lyricist who performed in the Bay area band “The Himalayans” until 1991. He also formed Counting Crows.
Duritz has had DID since his early 20s.