The United States of Tara premiered on the Showtime Network on January 18, 2009. The portrayal of any mental illness is likely to cause controversy. Sidran Institute would like to see an open discussion of this in the press. Below are some questions to start the dialogue. To speak with experts on DID, please contact Sidran at 410-825-8888, ext. 210.
1. How does the show impact those treating people with DID?
2. Does the show depict DID accurately?
3. How will the community of people with DID be affected?
4. Why is DID so fascinating?
5. What potential negative consequences does the show have?
6. Are people with DID reaching out to you?
7. Is dissociation ever good? Why or why not?
8. What are the costs of DID to society?
9. Are family relationships really like the ones the show depicts?
10. How many people with DID are there, and where are they?
Some of our experts...
Steven N. Gold, Ph.D., is a professor at the Nova Southeastern University (NSU) Center for Psychological Studies and founder and director of NSU's Trauma Resolution & Integration Program (TRIP). He is president of the American Psychological Association (APA) Division of Trauma Psychology (56) and a past president of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD). He is also a member of Sidran Institute’s Governing Board. Steve has skill in putting the clinician’s put of view into layman’s terms.
Elizabeth Power helps people learn, grow, and as she says, “get wise.” Since 1982, her company—EPower & Associates, Inc.— has helped hundreds of organizations cope with change, develop their people through training and education, and serve others more effectively. A significant portion of this work has focused on trauma, disability, dissociation, and affective education. Whether she is being serious or funny, you can count on the fact that she knows first hand what she is talking about when it comes to the challenges of coping with the change, chaos, and upheaval trauma causes. Her company’s clients include the National Center for PTSD, and the National Child Traumatic Stress network. Elizabeth is a survivor of multiple adverse childhood experiences and a veteran of the Montel Williams and Faith Daniels talk shows as well as numerous other media contacts discussing dissociation, trauma, and coping with change.
To arrange an interview with either Steve or Elizabeth, please contact Tracy Howard at Sidran at 410-825-8888, ext. 210 or Tracy@sidran.org