Trisha Paytas came out saying she has dissociative identity disorder. She recorded a YouTube video and uploaded it with her explanation. I am 100% supportive of people in the spotlight that talk about their struggles, I think it’s admirable. When I heard she broadcasted her new diagnosis I went to watch the video, despite many people speaking badly about it. I assumed they were looking down at the stigma of it all and I wanted to support her. Unfortunately, I was wrong.
I’ve linked the video here for you to watch. It came out almost two weeks after another famous YouTuber, Anthony Padilla, uploaded a video around DID. Trisha then responded to him after he made claims that she mocked the DID community. This was ultimately a huge back and forth fight on YouTube and other social media platforms. I may not be explaining it all that well because I struggled to keep up with it!
what is DID and how did Trisha explain it?
Dissociative Identity Disorder, or formally known as multiple personality disorder, is caused by trauma during childhood. It’s multiple alters within a person’s mind, they can be various genders, ethnicities, backgrounds, etc. Trisha listed her alters: Trish, T, Trixie, Tyson, Tierney, and Tobolter. In the video, she says that people also think she’s schizophrenic and that she may have bipolar disorder or borderline personality disorder as well.
She said she never formed her own personality. She used an example of the time when she picked up an English accent after traveling to England. After explaining that she has multiple alters she went on to call Chloe Wilkison, a DID YouTuber, crazy.
what I know about DID
I don’t have DID, nor do I know much about it. After watching Trisha’s video I decided to do a little research and learn. It’s a complex mental illness that is continually being learned about and self-diagnosis is a hard thing to do involving it. With the little research I did I figured out some of the things she said were outdated terminology and inaccurate. Watching Chloe’s channel was extremely beneficial and I suggest you take a look as well. It is helpful to understand something that the rest of society looks down upon without any knowledge.
In no way am I saying Trisha does not have a mental illness and I am not trying to go against her opening up about her feelings. What I am doing is trying to discuss how she just contributed to the stigma surrounding mental illness. She called someone crazy. Someone who opens up about their struggles to spread awareness and knowledge about an illness that is less spoken about.
the effects of Trisha’s video
The YouTube video Trisha uploaded upset others whom she spoke about.
Speaking about personal experiences and mental illness is a very hard thing to do. There are people who connect with it and others who don’t. It can lead to some saying it’s all for attention. It can be seen as obnoxious and “not real.” There is good that comes out of sharing mental illness stories, but there is also mocking that comes from it.
Trisha has over 4 million YouTube subscribers, 650.5k+ Twitter followers, 2.4 million Instagram followers, and several music platforms. That is a huge audience to have an influence on and she called mental health advocates crazy. That just took a step back from the work of ending the stigma.
As a mental health/illness advocate I am extremely disappointed that Trisha used her platform irresponsibly to spread false information about a mental illness already highly misunderstood by society. Before anyone discusses mental illness I hope that thorough research is done beforehand and the word crazy is not used.
There is nothing wrong or shameful about having a mental illness. No reason is valid to call someone crazy. Those who have a mental illness are strong and deserve to be recognized by society. They deserve to have others make an effort in trying to learn and understand their struggles.
I hope some people learn from the mistakes Trisha made. That others try to learn different mental illnesses so that the stigma can slowly go away. There will always be people who don’t believe in it and while I don’t think it’s okay I do accept that fact. All people deserve a chance to be understood.
If you take away anything from this post I hope at least everyone knows or learns to never ever call someone with a mental illness crazy.
I encourage you to read some of my other posts surrounding the stigma around mental illness.