Encina Severa – Living with Multiple Identities (DID)

Encina is living with dissociative identity disorder (DID). She explains what it’s like to live with 11 personalities in this video. And she introduces us to one of her alters. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), It’s estimated that 2% of people experience dissociative disorders, with women being more likely than men to be diagnosed. Because of the way dissociative identity disorder (DID) is portrayed in the media, most people don’t understand what the disorder actually entails, or how common it actually is. In this Patient Spotlight video, you’ll meet Encina, who sheds light on her experience living with DID. You’ll also meet Minnie, the three-year-old girl living inside Encina’s body. “I wish people understood that this isn’t just an alter-ego. This isn’t something we just made up. These are other, actual people, with their own lives. Their own likes, dislikes. Their own taste of music. Their own personalities. They all look different. They just share one body.” -Encina Severa

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