"My Husband, My Kids and My Multiple Personalities"

August 20, 2012
Tracy is a married mother of four who says her life was forever changed the day she was diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder, more commonly known as multiple personality disorder. She says she has five personalities, or “alters”: Emily, a frightened 5-year-old child; Becky, who cuts, bruises, chokes and has threatened to kill Tracy; Susie, an innocent 10-year-old child; Samantha, “the CEO” and Miss Anne, “the caretaker.” Tracy says that she’ll oftentimes black out when an alter takes over and that the transition back to being Tracy can make her physically ill. Joined by her husband, Tyler, the couple says Tracy's alter egos and unpredictable moods are causing strain on their marriage, and they're struggling to explain her erratic behavior to their children. Is Tracy’s diagnosis real? Then, in a Dr. Phil first, Tracy transitions between her alters onstage. Speaking as Becky and Susie, can Dr. Phil gather insight into Tracy’s disorder? Tracy’s therapist, Dr. Peggy Avent, joins the show and explains her diagnosis. Could a secret from Tracy’s childhood hold the key to understanding her illness? Tracy’s mom, Sandy, weighs in and shares why she blames herself.

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Tracy introduces her five alters. “She had written in my blood, ‘slut and whore.’”

“I understand that Becky also wrote the show …” Plus, Tracy shares her triggers.

“Why do you think this is happening to you?”

"I'm Becky"

"My name is Susie."

Tracy’s mother, Sandy, expresses guilt. “I failed at the one thing that a parent is supposed to do.”

Tracy’s therapist, Dr. Peggy Avent, describes how she came to her diagnosis. What does Dr. Phil think?