30. Legal Issues
Multiple personality disorder or DID is considered one of the most disputed and controversial mental illness. One of the reasons for this is that it challenges the legal systems. Because of the nature of this condition, as it’s solely based on the patients’ statements, emotions, feelings, and past. This makes it challenging to separate genuine patients from frauds.
There are a number of legal issues with the condition that are still being worked out. For instance, a DID patient may commit murder and say that it wasn’t him who did it but the other identity. Similarly, he or she may accuse someone of sexually assaulting them stating that they never consented sex in the first place but the other identity did.