Update 01-11-14. To date, I know of one high profile case of multiple personalities or Dissociative Identity Disorder that did not claim childhood sexual abuse as it antecedent or cause. That case is reported by Hershel Walker, former American football icon, who claims his multiple personalities were caused by childhood bullying.
If there are people out there who claim to have developed multiple personalities by causes other than childhood child abuse, I’d be interested to hear from you.
Christine (Chris) Costner Sizemore
born 1927 -
Most Noted for:
Diagnosed in the 1950s, she is considered by some to be the first documented case of Chris Sizemore is known by the pseudonym, Eve.in the 20th century.
Sizemore had eight psychiatrists during her lengthily treatment that spanned over two decades. Corbett Thigpen and colleague, Hervey Cleckley, M.D., published a book that was a historical case study based on her life titled: “The Three Faces of Eve” which gained best-seller status as did the movie by the same title.
During the later part of her illness and recovery from multiple personality disorder, Chris Sizemore was treated for four years by Dr. Tony Tsitos in Virginia.
Early childhood traumas:
Chris Sizemore, in a YouTube documentary “Hard Talk,” a BBC Interview, said that at the age of two, she experienced three consecutive traumas.
- her mother cut her arm badly
- she saw a drowned man being recovered from a ditch, heard the word “death,” and began to believe that anyone who was sick or hurt was “dying.”
- she witnessed a man cut in half at a lumber yard.
Chris Sizemore repeatedly states that it was with the help of her psychiatrists, devoted family, and her belief in God that saw her through her illness and led to her recovery.
1958. The Final Face of Eve
1977. I’m Eve
1989. A Mind of My Own
Sizemore, Chris Costner, 1989. A Mind of My Own.
Wikipedia: “Chris Costner Sizemore”
YouTube: “Multiple Personality Disorder on Hard Talk BBC Interviews – Chris Costner Sizemore, Part I”rumiscience” watch?v=CTvr2fDBjmg Retrieved 3/14/11.