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After Hours AM we talk D.I.D with Dr. Garrett Deckel


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On a riveting and controversial episode of After Hours AM/The Criminal Code Radio — True Crime with hosts Joel Sturgis, Eric Olsen, and secret weapon, forensic psychologist Dr. Clarissa Cole — we talk Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), as featured in the smash hit movie SPLIT, with expert Dr. Garrett Marie Deckel. We speak with Dr. Deckel in Hour 2; at Hour 1 Clarissa leads us through the week’s hot True Crime news.
SPLIT is the hit 2016 psychological horror-thriller film written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. Though Kevin Wendell Crumb (James McAvoy), cursed with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), has revealed 23 personalities to his trusted psychiatrist, Dr. Fletcher (Betty Buckley), there remains one still submerged who is set to materialize and dominate all of the others. Compelled to abduct and imprison three teenage girls in an isolated underground facility, Kevin reaches a war for survival among all of those contained within him — as well as everyone around him — as the walls between his compartments shatter.
What is Dissociative Identity Disorder? According to expert Dr. Garrett Marie Deckel, people who have been chronically abused, typically in situations with no viable escape, may “reconfigure the mind” into different parts or personalities. Some of these parts can step in to handle traumatic or stressful situations, while other parts dissociate, or escape, from reality. In contrast with McAvoy’s character in SPLIT, people with DID are rarely violent. Research has shown that they are far more likely to hurt themselves than to hurt others. But movies tend to portray only “the most extreme aspects” of the disorder. This can misrepresent a form of mental illness that is not well understood by the lay public, and even some psychiatrists.
Dr Garrett Marie Deckel expert dissociative identity disorder
Garrett Marie Deckel, M.D., Ph.D., is Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. She is also in private practice, with a specialization in Post-Traumatic and Dissociative Disorders. She earned her medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and prior to that completed a Ph.D. in the Philosophy of Mind and Ethics at Princeton University.
Dr. Deckel is a board-certified psychiatrist located in a quiet, private office on Central Park West. Unlike many psychiatrists today, she practice both psychotherapy and psychopharmacology. She works together with her patients to create a treatment plan that fits them best as individuals. Regarding psychotherapy, she utilizes a combination of psychodynamic, cognitive and behavioral approaches, tailored to the individual. She sees patients with a broad range of diagnoses including Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Adult ADHD, relationship problems, PTSD, and Personality Disorders – persistent maladaptive or self-sabotaging patterns of behavior.


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