Cary’s Interview

My co-worker Cary facilitates Bridges with me and we do a lot of the dissociation talks and training together. Last year she was interviewed for the Insight program on SBS, and bravely spoke a little about her experiences living with DID. The program ended up with a lot of material from many different people and sadly had to edit her interview quite short, but it was a great show and the interview is well worth a watch. She’s given me permission to link to it here. 🙂

Here’s her bio from the Insight website:

Cary has struggled with mental health issues since primary school.She has suffered psychotic episodes, depression and has been diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder, formally known as multiple personality disorder.She says young people need better services and that medication is not always the answer.

Cary is now helping other young people through the Mental Illness Fellowship of South Australia.

Watch the show here, Cary’s interview starts at 10.19 in part three if you don’t want to watch the whole program.

2 thoughts on “Cary’s Interview

  1. I agree Sandra, they only brushed the surface! Cary and I do an information forum about DID and during that she gives a 20 minute talk about her personal experiences and it's incredibly moving and powerful. That sounds like a fascinating PhD topic! Yes, there's a terrible lot of regrets in the wake of losing someone to suicide. In my case I'm painfully aware that knowing someone's in danger and doing my best to help still doesn't ensure that things will work out. There's only so much we can do. That we love them still counts and still makes a difference no matter what the outcome.


  2. Sarah I wish they had interviewed Carey for two hours or so. Sill, it was good that mental health issues were being aired on prime time TV.
    For many I have been writing a PhD on trauma in literature: looking at war trauma or PTSD in the writings of 20th century men up to the Vietnam War. The interest is in the strategies these men used to write about their own symptoms in novels when social conventions about ideal masculinity meant they couldn't write openly as they now can (mostly) since trauma literature became a recognised literary genre from the 1980s/90s onwards.

    So I became familiar in a general way with the language of psychology during research, and read about conditions like DID etc. I was so sorry I didn't research depression more, because then I would have been alerted to danger signals.


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