Dissociative Identity Disorder Hero: Robert Oxnam

Friends,  remember the old days–when you would turn on the TV (and you had to actually walk over and turn the knob because remotes weren’t invented yet) and there would be a blank screen except for the words, “Experiencing Technical Difficulties”.

That is sort of how I feel tonight.  I swear I spent an hour staring at the blank screen, type, delete, repeat.  It’s not that I have writer’s block.  I have plenty to say, but with the mood I am in, I’m not sure you would want to read it.  My inner turmoil would make the Hulk look like a kitten.

But never fear, I have a back up plan for these kinds of “emergencies”.  A guest post well . . . sort of.  First I’d like to introduce you to my guest, Robert Oxnam.

Robert Oxnam is an internationally known expert on China, a scholar, and he has DID.  Here’s a short clip from an interview he did with 60 minutes.  It’s only about 2 minutes long.

Robert Oxnam on 60 Minutes

When I was first diagnosed, naturally I had a lot of questions.  A couple of resources I found very helpful were Robert Oxnam’s book A Fractured Mind and a DVD that he helped with called, You’re Not Crazy and You’re Not Alone.  The DVD is about an hour long.  I found it at the library. Youtube has a 9 minute video with clips from it:

Oxnam was such an inspiration to me.  The strength he gave me is a large part of the reason that I decided to share publicly that I have DID.  His example showed me that DID is nothing to be ashamed of. And as the video says, if you have DID, you’re not crazy and you’re not alone.


  1. Wow! Thank you for helping to breakdown the barriers and stigma related to mental illnesses. It’s a cause very close to my heart (PND, PTSD & anxiety). You’re both brave & heroic for being so honest xx

  2. I will have to check out his book! I am interested in Associated Identity Disorder. I am doing Abnormal Psychology and we briefly covered it. It sounds bad to say disorders interest me but I guess that is a good thing since I am interested in counseling. Dealing with depression, PTSD, and body dismorphia disorder also cause me to want to reach out to people that are struggling. I definitely know how hard it can be to deal with something that effects your quality of life. Part of me wants to say post whatever you want to (because I would love to read it) but I tend to post too much sometimes when I vent. I then regret it in the morning but by then everyone has seen it. I would say start journaling. Get everything out you need to on paper and if you still feel that way the next day record your entry. You have less potential to have regrets. I am nominating you for a shine on award on my page. I’m still nominating a few people so it’s not up yet but will be in next 30 mins or so!!! 🙂 I think your strong and admirable for having this page and putting info out there to help others feel less alone. Props to you.

    • So sorry I didn’t respond to this sooner! I always read the comments, but sometimes if I am in a bad space I don’t always answer right away. Thanks so much for reading and commenting and for the award, and your blog and…and…and 🙂

  3. Hope the inner turmoil has lessened for you (( ))-hugs if wanted.

    Really interesting link, thank you for sharing.

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