Showtime’s new comedy series, United States of Tara, featuring Oscar nominee Toni Collete as Tara, a wife and mother living with the day to day realities of Dissociative Identity Disorder has generated a great deal of buzz. No matter what your thoughts are regarding the depiction of mental health disorders in comedic television shows, it is difficult to deny that these types of shows produce a high level of public interest, an opportunity for public education, and a even higher potential for the development of misconceptions.
However, the writers and producers of United States of Tara have taken steps to prevent misinformation or misconceptions by consulting DID experts and even producing a video explanation of DID for the show’s website featuring Richard Kluft, M.D., a past-president of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD).
ISSTD hopes that the interest the new show sparks in the public eye will provide the ideal chance to answer questions, teach the public about DID and remove stigma surrouding the condition. For more information on ISSTD’s efforts, please visit the ISSTD United States of Tara page.
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