Hamlet Missing Piece 1

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Hamlet Missing Piece 1

by Brooke, Jen, and Haley

Hamlet's "Missing Piece": Journal Entries by Hamlet While Suffering From DID

What is DID?Throughout the play, Hamlet is constantly in the struggle of being or acting. He fools others around him by sometimes acting crazier than he actually is, but other times he really does break down and question life. We wrote a set of letters as if Hamlet had dissociative identity disorder (DID), commonly known as multiple personality disorder. The three letters are written from a forgiving, vengeful, and suicidal/depressed Hamlet. According to the Cleveland Clinic of research, DID involves “disruptions or breakdowns of memory, awareness, identity, and/or perception” ("Dissociative Identity Disorder (Multiple Personality Disorder”). Often times patients suffer obstacles in multiple aspects of their life including the following: day to day functioning, social events, work, and relationships. Disassociation from oneself helps an individual cope with general life. Distancing oneself from themselves and their surroundings relieves stress for the individual. As Cleveland Clinic says, “It is a way for a person to break the connection between the self and the outside world” ("Dissociative Identity Disorder (Multiple Personality Disorder”). The person is able to block out traumatic events from disassociation and attempt to continue a normal life.A patient with severe DID has at least two “alters” (people/personalities) that show up from time to time. Each alter can have specific and different traits than the others. They can have different voices, genders, history, and names. Depending on the patient, they may or may not be aware of the different alters and that they have DID.Cleveland Clinic states in its research the symptoms of DID include the following:Changing levels of functioning, from highly effective to nearly disabledSevere headaches or pain in other parts of the bodyDepersonalization (episodes of feeling disconnected or detached from one’s body and thoughts)Derealization (perceiving the external environment as unreal)Depression or mood swingsUnexplained changes in eating and sleeping patternsAnxiety, nervousness, or panic attacksProblems functioning sexuallySuicide attempts or self-injurySubstance abuseAmnesia (memory loss) or a sense of "lost time"Hallucinations (sensory experiences that are not real, such as hearing voices)Works Cited"Dissociative Identity Disorder (Multiple Personality Disorder)." Cleveland Clinic. Cleveland Clinic, n.d. Web. 17 Mar. 2015.


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