Multiples Should have Driver’s Licenses Revoked

Driving, while being a rite of passage and a huge responsibility, it is not a privilege that should automatically be granted to anyone who can pass a test. I contend that individuals who claim to have multiple personalities, dissociative identity disorder, or a diagnosis of an incapacitating dissociative disorder should have their driver’s license revoked indefinitely.

People who claim to have multiple personalities or other identities in their heads and/or bodies have no right to put the public in danger any more than a 12-year-old who takes the family car on a joy ride does. Those who claim to have no control, or limited control over the emergence of child, aggressive, self-injuring personalities and others can no longer be permitted to put unsuspecting drivers and the public, in danger. We all share the road and deserve to feel confident about our safety and the safety of children and elders who may be traveling with us.

After the revocation of the drivers licenses of these individuals, they should then qualify for reduced rates or free public transportation and guaranteed the same rights extended to anyone with major medical and/or mental health disability.

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  1. Kate

     /  12/13/2016

    What about when you’re in recovery? My licence has come into question only now I’ve recovered….typical. I am fully integrated yet because I may become unwell when under severe stress, my doctor is concerned. I’m very worried because my car is my life. Never once when I was ill for 16 years did I crash or cause an accident. Now that I’m better I feel like I’m being punished for it. I have agoraphobia and take my son to school half an hour away. If they take my licence I’m pretty much done for. The stress of it is causing me to be unstable to be honest. Has anybody gone through this and could give some advice please? I feel like giving up again

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    • Hi Kate. You sure came up with a problem with driving. As a driver, I’m concerned about you driving too. People who believe they have multiple personalities and/or dissociative identity disorder want it both ways – change personalities when it’s convenient and claim to be OK when one wants to drive.

      You claim to be well. How can you assure the public you won’t have a relapse to a child personality when the stress of driving gets to you? Just wondering.

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      • Kate

         /  01/07/2017

        Hi Jeanette, thank you for your reply.
        I was extremely worried too except I shouldn’t have been. Though I felt I had to be completely honest with my doctor in case it was to happen. Over the past few months I have been under severe stress non stop and I’ve not dissociated once. I’m surprised and secretly proud of myself for my strength to stay well. Whether this means they’re gone forever or that I have good enough tools to be well I do not know. They just feel gone, to be honest they were all me anyway and have just moulded back into my personality as a whole. I truly know now that people can overcome this s disorder if they take the correct therapy and manage themselves for the rest of their lives (good sleep, good diet, practices of wellness tools etc)
        However, I do need my driving license but I’m not sure how to prove to them that I’ve been so well. I guess the fact that I’ve not been in therapy for over a year and the mental health closed my case at that time should be enough. Even before then I’d not seen the mental health for two years prior as I was well enough. The top consultant at the mental health services is on my sidebut my GP is pretty clueless so he is arguing the case. He doesn’t understand mental health so he assumes the worst.
        My only problem is my severe anxiety now. Therefore without my car I would be housebound and unable to take care of my child properly.
        I could also argue that because I am of such sound mind that on stressful days I do not leave my house anyway so do not drive.
        What are your thoughts? I’m not sure where to go from here and appreciate others opinions
        Kate

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        • Kate

           /  01/07/2017

          I have to add that people have the disorder do not manipulate and choose to be well for driving. That’s ridiculous. I was very honest with my doctor. I even told him that when I was unwell I should not have been driving, I was a danger and I’m shocked I was allowed to drive, but they weren’t aware of my disorder and neither was I. I wasn’t even conscious for so many years. It’s very hard to explain. It’s only now that I’m conscious every single second I’m awake that I understand that I was truly unwell. It’s very sad that I lost so many years. That’s why I can say that I am well, because I’m awake, I remember everything that happens. I’m like any normal person now whereas before I was definitely not. I struggled to be well for a while, as you can imagine being awake 24/7 when you’re used to not remembering a thing or dealing with anything, it was difficult. But I did it

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  2. My question is related to this. My partner of 26 years was recently diagnosed with DID, but she is still in denial. One of her alters recently threatened to sue me to force our house to be sold so she can have half the equity. Now that we know she has DID, should I be able to take her name off the mortgage so I don’t have to continually face this threat? Likewise, she has personas who constantly threaten to not honor financial agreements. Having personas drive is just the tip of the legal iceberg. Is there a way to protect myself legally from “alter threats?” I can find very little information about the issue of signing contracts or the ability of people with DID to sue others. I need help!!!!

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    • Jeannette Bartha

       /  08/19/2013

      Hi Shirley, thank you for stopping by.

      I am not a lawyer so I cannot advise you except to say you might want to talk to a lawyer. I’ve thought about the legalities you mention, however, you are the first to come here and do so.

      In my experience, once diagnosed with MPD now DID, my behavior became more erratic and I consistently went downhill as your partner seems to be doing. That’s what this therapy seems to do to everyone, including those who love the DID person.

      DID therapies do not generally tell the family what to expect, nor do you have a legal right, as far as I know, to know anything about someone else’s private sessions.

      My experience with DID is that there is a double-standard. On the one hand, they profess to not remember what is said or done, yet all the rights of driving, home ownership, parenting and the like are demanded. IMHO, this is a mental malady that is amorphous and at the whims of those who profess to have it and/or treat it.

      You might do Web searches about mental illness and the law.

      Best to you. I’m interested to learn more about what you are experiencing and I’m sure my readers will too. You will likely spark a good chat.

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  3. Well, Sam, I have to disagree with your reasoning. People who claim to have other personalities that they can’t control cannot then turn around and claim to have special circumstances, like driving, under which they are in complete control.

    This reasoning is quite prevalent when these types of individuals want to manipulate their circumstances. While I don’t want to “house-bound” anyone, I am 100% for getting potentially dangerous and irresponsible drivers off the roads.

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    • Hi Jeanette,

      Here’s the blog entry where I talk about this very issue: http://samruck2.wordpress.com/2010/10/06/the-end-of-panic-attacks/

      I do understand that my wife and my situation is a little different. I think I am doing things therapeutically speaking with my girls that has facilitated an unusual degree of cooperation among the various girls (wife and insiders) so that even two years ago when they weren’t being co-conscious much, Amy the 7 year old still understood that there were rules she had to live by. And she WANTED to live by them because unlike so many families, I welcomed the insiders into my family wholeheartedly. So we never had the “acting up” crap that so many others with DID seem to have.

      But even if my girls hadn’t been working together each insider is an individual case. Amy always was as good a driver as my wife Karen even though she was only 7 emotionally speaking.

      Unfortunately people with attitudes similar to yours means that my wife and her insiders insist on secrecy because they understand the legal ramifications if their DID became known publicly.

      But in all honesty, I understand your position, and in many cases I might agree that a temporary suspension of driving privileges would be appropriate until the insiders within the network would agree to certain rules so that everyone would be safe while driving. I’d hate to see that though because it would be just one more way that the DID population would be further isolated. And in my opinion that isolation is one of the biggest traumas to overcome for healing to happen.

      Sam

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      • Actually, Sam, it should also be the ethical responsibility for psychotherapists to report their patients to the authorities. Co-consciousness just muddies the waters as far as I am concerned. Now, instead of a 7 year old like your wife, we have several personalities operating a 2 ton killing machine. Rules or not, your wife, & her cooperative alters, has no business driving.

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  4. Yeah, Ohio, I think, is trying to do that. The 7-year old loves to drive, but you have to remember that these are “children” of extraordinary intelligence. Amy is a certified genius. I also have made her swear that she will only drive if she allows Karen to peek, i.e. be co-conscious. I have a blog entry about the proof that Amy is living up to her end of the deal.

    So do we really want to house-bind all DID people? I think we should also revoke the driver’s licenses of all people over 65. And make them pass yearly exams. And the stats say that we should really keep all male teens off the roads until they are married or in their mid 20’s. Quite honestly women drivers in general bother me. And I think the testerone-filled, road-raging men need barred off the road, too. lol

    Seriously, though, I understand your point, and most women don’t have the support system my girls do with me, and so the insiders aren’t nearly so cooperative and conscientious as my girls are, but I really hope people don’t take a knee-jerk reaction to the situation.

    But I’m a nobody, so I doubt I’ll find an audience to help find a more thoughtful solution to something that “can” be a problem but does NOT have to be.

    Sam

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