Niki - Special Powers or Dissociative Disorder?
August 31, 2007 12:42pm CST
The creators of HEROES have given the character, Niki, certain special powers. It is interesting to note that in 'real life,' or in the 'real world,' Niki would likely be diagnosed with D.I.D (Dissociative Identity Disorder). In the DSMV-IV (it is a manual of Mental Disorders), Multiple Personality Disorder, is now referred to as D.I.D. for better classification purposes. Regardless of the name of the disorder, this is what is said about the disorder, according to professionals: It is a psychiatric disorder characterized by the person having at least one 'alter' personality that controls behavior. Alters are said to occur involuntarily and spontaneously and function, more or less, independent of the other personality. Wow - it's that Niki? What do you think of this? A new series, immensely popular, particularly in North American - and the character of Niki (who may serve as a role model to viewers, some of which are impressionable TEENS) mirrors a very serious Mental Disorder?? Myself, I think that this is MARVELOUS in a way. If people with Mental Illness can IDENTIFY with Niki on the show, and see that Niki is a modern day SuperHero, perhaps this will start to alleviate self-esteem issues, stereotyping and stigma. What do you think?