Graphic Communications: A Case Study of a Dissociative Identity Disorder
Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy
Degree Granting Institution
Notre Dame de Namur University
This thesis addresses a client's perspective on dissociative identity disorder (DID). It is a case study of the experience and the intervention of art as a useful therapeutic tool. Issues addressed include: DID's historical roots, the therapeutic process within the clinical setting, the psychodynamics of the attending doctor over a 12-years period, the art process and its significance according to John Allen's (1988) three-stage serial drawing technique.
This thesis is also my case study and includes my feelings regarding clinical books about DID, books by those with DID telling their stories, and the impact of the media regarding the disorder. I discuss what it was like to be locked up in state hospitals in two different states, and what treatment I received at each. 1 offer suggestions regarding the treatment of DID by the medical community, and how the hospitalization experiences of patients with DID could be more positive.
Miller, Virginia L., "Graphic Communications: A Case Study of a Dissociative Identity Disorder" (1997). Art Therapy | Master's Theses in Print. 321.