She woke up with a startle, as if from a dream. Funny, she couldn’t remember when she had gone to sleep. It was unlike her to doze off in the middle of the day. She could have sworn that she was in the kitchen, cooking a meal for the guests which were expected to arrive somewhere around five.
She checked her watch, wincing from the thumping headache. It was quarter to four. She had a lot to do; the guests would arrive any minute now.
She got off the bed and walked out to the dining area. Her head was still dizzy, when she called out to her sister. Her sister walked in, timidly, wary of her movements, peering at her as if she had grown another head.
“Sakshi, we have to prepare the food. Chacha-chachi will be here any minute! Why didn’t you wake me up? It’s already so late!”
Her sister looked at her with uncertainty, a frown on her face accompanied with a concerned look.
“Why are you looking at me like that, silly? Come on, let’s get the work started!”
“We cooked the food, but you threw it out!”, Sakshi replied.
“What are you talking about?”
“Raina, we cooked the food and you suddenly picked up everything and threw it out. When I tried to stop you, you threw the cutting board at me.”, Sakshi explained.
“Why would I do that, Sakshi? You’re my sister. And don’t you think I would remember doing something like that? Are you cracking jokes at my expense, now?”, Raina asked, a panic starting to build up inside her.
“No, Raina! I swear you were not asleep. I kept calling your name, but you wouldn’t answer! It was almost like you were possessed!”, Sakshi muttered, a bit afraid of her elder sister’s temperament.
Raina winced, the splitting headache now becoming a consistent drumbeat in her head. A foggy memory of her shouting and screaming and hurling things, coming to the forefront of her mind.
“Raina, are you alright?”, Sakshi rushed towards her sister, who was now curled up on the ground and clutching her hair.
“Raina? Raina? Can you hear me?”
Raina let out a muffled scream, making Sakshi take a step back from her prostate sister.
And suddenly, there was no more sound. Raina was quiet as a mouse. She was still huddled into a ball, but she wasn’t moving.
“Raina?”, Sakshi cautiously approached her sister.
Raina looked up, a blank look in her eyes.
“Raina?”, Sakshi asked again.
She didn’t reply.
Sakshi swallowed, her mouth dry from the next question resting at the tip of her tongue. She peered at Raina, and then with the quietest voice, asked, “Who are you?”
Raina blinked before replying, “Didi, I’m Chami. Have you seen my Dada Ji? I can’t find him anywhere.”
Raina in this scenario does not remember what she had done or what is happening to her now. If you or any of your friend have ever been in a situation like Raina, where you have encountered loopholes in your memory or your peers have complained about a change in your behaviour which is an abnormal behaviour, then there is a likelihood that you are suffering from Dissociative Identity Disorder. A person suffering from Dissociative Identity Disorder has difficulties rendering what is real, and may switch from one identity to another, without realising that anything of this sort is happening. What can cause fragmentation of identities is uncertain, however, mostly Dissociative Identity Disorder starts at an early age as a result of severe trauma due to child abuse. This is a serious medical condition that requires medical assistance, and if you or any of your friends is suffering from this disorder, do not hesitate to ask for help. The symptoms of Dissociative Identity Disorder can be seen as:
- The existence of two or more distinct identities (or “personality states”). The distinct identities are accompanied by changes in behavior, memory and thinking. The signs and symptoms may be observed by others or reported by the individual.
- Ongoing gaps in memory about everyday events, personal information and/or past traumatic events.
- The symptoms cause significant distress or problems in social, occupational or other areas of functioning.
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