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Have you seen United States of Tara? If so do you think it is accurate?

Asked by aviona (3250points) March 16th, 2009

On United States of Tara, Tara has 3 alters: Buck, T, and Alice. I was just wondering if anyone has studied psychology enough or has any personal experience with DID to know if her transitions/the show is accurate?

I think the show is quite brilliant and entertaining. But of course, being me, I have to analyze it.

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ponderinarf's avatar

Well, this I do know. DID is strongly correlated (not in all cases) with abuse situations. It is almost like a way of the subconscious taking over for the conscious, repeatedly. And since different parts of the brain work with different experiences, it is as if “drivers” keep “switching.”

For a credible look at DID, look at this site.

Mr_M's avatar

Does anyone know if there’s a way to watch the show if you do NOT subscribe to Showtime?

jsc3791's avatar

There are some free websites out there if you do a search for “watch United States of Tara free”.

I was wondering if anyone was offended by the portrayal in the show.

Mr_M's avatar

OMG! You’re right! I gave up hope! Are they legal??

Mr_M's avatar

And this is legal?

aviona's avatar

No idea.


TitsMcGhee's avatar

I haven’t watched it yet, but I did see a giant rant that someone wrote in Sharpie on a subway ad for the show that basically said that it was deplorable that they were using a serious mental issue for a show in such a flippant way. It did make me think twice about the show for sure, but I really like Toni Collete, so I think I might give it a whirl. I watch just about everything on Surf the Channel .

aviona's avatar

Hm, that’s interesting. Yeah, that’s where I first heard about it was on my trip to NYC. There were ads plastered all over the subway. It’s pretty entertaining, I’d give it a whirl.

Mr_M's avatar

@TitsMcGhee , too bad the Sharpie writer didn’t think about MONK.

TitsMcGhee's avatar

@Mr_M: I would agree, but I would also argue that D.I.D. is generally more overall debilitating than O.C.D. Especially in the way it is presented in Monk, it is more of a personality quirk than a disorder, which I suppose is what United States of Tara is attempting to do as well. I’ll have to get a taste of it before I can really say for sure.

Mr_M's avatar

OCD is no personality quirk. You THINK it is because of the way it’s portrayed in shows like MONK but in actuality, some people can’t leave their homes.

aviona's avatar

Yeah no kidding. Just watch some of these videos about children with OCD.

TitsMcGhee's avatar

@Mr_M and @aviona: I realize that, and that’s why I said “generally.” I’m a psych major, I know what’s up. I guess what I was trying to say was that OCD has a longer spectrum of very mild to severe, whereas DID is rarely mild. Both can pose huge obstacles to sufferers, I understand, but OCD has the potential to be presented in a light manner moreso than DID.

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