United States of Tara (2009–2011)

TV Series   |  TV-MA   |    |  Comedy, Drama, Romance

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A woman struggles to find a balance between her dissociative identity disorder and raising a dysfunctional family.

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  • Toni Collette and Diablo Cody at an event for United States of Tara (2009)
  • Toni Collette and Brie Larson at an event for United States of Tara (2009)
  • Toni Collette in United States of Tara (2009)
  • Billie Piper at an event for United States of Tara (2009)
  • Rosemarie DeWitt in United States of Tara (2009)
  • Brie Larson at an event for United States of Tara (2009)

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13 September 2014 | diskcrasher
| Bravo, bravo! One of the better portrayals of Dissociative Identity Disorder
My wife has DID (and PTSD, BPD, anxiety, ...) due to childhood abuse. There have been very few movies/shows about this disorder, and I found that I could really relate to this one. It does a very good job showing just what happens with someone who has DID, especially with the nearly immediate transition to alters and back. That was spot on. The dysfunction was also covered fairly well. Nothing is normal with mental illness. Normal day-to-day activities can turn upside down, and planning things can become impossible due to the unpredictability of it all. Even going to your job every day can be a challenge. Then there are days where everything seems perfectly normal.

And that's an area they only lightly touched on. The suicide ideation/attempts, raging, depression, guilt, eating disorders, emergencies, money problems, lack of boundaries... these are much more severe and common than what they showed (but that probably wouldn't make for an as entertaining series.) And, at least in my wife's case, her alters aren't as well defined or as persistent. Some don't even have names, and frequently there is just dissociation without alters. None of them wear different clothes.

The difficulty with getting proper treatment is also shown. But they didn't touch on the cost very much. Most insurances must "pre-approve" treatment for mental health issues, which is a joke. Break your leg, go to the hospital. Have a meltdown and need immediate counseling? Ask your insurance for permission first. And don't even think about paying for it out of your own pocket (unless you're independently wealthy, which you probably aren't since someone with DID isn't likely to be holding down a job).

Overall, an entertaining but also educational look at DID. Someone did their homework.

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