Kuwaiti gets life in prision: multiple personality excuse

Kuwaiti gets life in jail for stabbing, killing 2 friends

Arab Times

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 25:  “The Court of First Instance, presided over by Judge Hani Hamdan, sentenced a Kuwaiti to life in prison and fined him KD 5,001 for killing his two friends in one of the victims’ diwaniya*.”

Due to “converting from Sunni to Shiite.

A psychiatric report was also submitted to the investigators, stating the accused is suffering from multiple personality disorder and he has been undergoing treatment for the last six months.”

Retrieved 1/27/12. Kuaiti gets life in jail for stabbing 2 friends

The Dewaniya, mistakenly and commonly called Diwaniya, has existed in Kuwait since time immemorial. In the old City of Kuwait it was the reception area where a man received his business colleagues and male guests. Today the term refers both to a reception hall and the gathering held in it, and visiting or hosting a dewaniya is an indispensable feature of a Kuwaiti man’s social life. Some claims that the term originally referred to the section of a bedouin tent where the menfolk and their visitors sat apart from the family.
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  1. This article no way indicates there is DID in Kuwait. How can you reasonably apply that logic from one newspaper article? If that’s what you are doing, then you might look at things on the Internet with some skepticism.

    Please share the evidence that you have concerning multiple personalities being diagnosed in Kuwait. I am most anxious to read it.

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    • K

       /  02/01/2012

      That… was not meant to be taken that seriously, actually. But I’ll answer this, anyway.

      If the criminal court case considered the excuse, they understand what DID is, at the very least. Whether the man has DID or not, it shows that his psychiatrist was aware of the condition and knew enough about it to use it as a defense.

      But if you dig around a bit, you’ll see that while DID is not commonly associated with Kuwait, Zar is. Zar is a posession disorder of sorts, but it basically entials the body of a person becomming possessed by a spirit. It has been noted as being similiar to DID.

      “Zar was most common among patients of rural origin, low education, unemployment, being never-married or divorced, having a family history of Zar, and enduring stressful life events, including marital dissatisfaction, infertility, child loss, inter-personal conflicts and chronic somatic ailments. Both Zar attendance and favourable response to it were most typical of patients with conversion dissociative disorders, and to a lesser extent anxiety disorders.

      Conclusions: Zar in Sudan is mostly prescribed for psychogenic reactions to prolonged psycho-social stressors, particularly in individuals prone to conversion/dissociative disorders. The phenomenological parallels between personality switches during Zar trance and dissociative identity disorder need further studies.”
      http:// www. arabjpsychiat. com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=31:2001-vol-12-1-may&catid=1:volumes-a-articles&Itemid=2

      “Dissociative amnesia and depersonalization were generally recognized and seen as the result of traumatic experiences and were useful categories in Uganda. However, dissociative fugue did not match local concepts and was confused with spirit possession and other conditions such as alcoholic fugues and dementia. The description of dissociative identity disorder was always interpreted as a possession trance disorder by the local healers.”
      http:// tps.sagepub. com/content/42/2/219.short

      “Each spirit or group exhibits a distinctive pattern of behavior, personality traits, mood, attitudes, habits, mannerisms, idiosyncratic whims, and social interests. … Most clients resort to zar after unsuccessful treatment by Western physicians and traditional religious healers for complaints such as persistent headaches, palpitations, tightness of the chest, anorexia, gastrointestinal disturbances, generalized body aches, fatigue, dizziness, insomnia, anxiety, fear, sadness, and motor or sensory impairments. … Once a novice is convinced that she has zar, she is to make an inception ceremony under the supervision of the shaykha and with the active participation of the shaykha’s aides, musicians, and clientele. … until the bride lapses into a
      trance, marking the entry of a particular spirit into her body and the displacement of her earthly self. A dialogue commences between the shaykha and the spirit to reach a negotiated appeasement. Thereafter, the client is to become symptom free, subject to her unwavering compliance with the spirit’s demands, which are enjoyed through the senses of the host. Field surveys have consistently reported the preponderance of zar among middle-aged women who are infertile, divorced or unhappily married, unemployed, of rural origin, or uneducated or who have a family history of zar or enduring interpersonal conflicts. Clinical studies have consistently reported higher prevalence of zar among patients who are diagnosed with dissociative, conversion, somatoform, or anxiety disorders. … Zar spirits never completely abandon their hosts, nor do the latter wish them to be exorcised. This culturally sanctioned state of ritually induced switching between a distressed host and an empathic spirit creates a picture that is phenomenologically indistinguishable from the putatively psychopathological state currently diagnosed as dissociative (multiple) identity disorder.”
      http:/ /www. learnmax.in/Multicultural-Psychology/362. html

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  2. K

     /  01/28/2012

    First of all: Oh, that’s awful!

    Secondly: Anything can be used as an excuse these days. Even Twinkies, soda, music, and video games!

    Finally: Awesome, proof that there’s DID in Kuwait! Of course, this man may or may not have had it. But it does get diagnosed there, apparently. Which makes it not limited to American and European cultures; when it comes to being American, Middle Eastern cultures are anything but!

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