Is the “many sides of jane” fake?

In this article, we will be discussing whether the docu-series “Many sides of Jane” is fake or not. 

We will also be discussing what is Dissociative identity disorder and how it impacts a person’s life.  

Is “Many sides of Jane” fake?

The Many Sides of Jane docu-series is based on the real-life of Jane Hart who claims to have a clinical diagnosis of Dissociative Identity Disorder. 

While it is not known how much of the series or show is scripted, the life of Jane Hart that the series follows is very much real, until proven otherwise, as Jane is an active spokesperson, has a social media presence where she strives to create awareness about her experiences and that of many other people living with DID. 

The Series, released in 2019, follows the life and reality of a young mother Jane hart who claims to have been diagnosed with 9 personalities that range from 6-28 year olds. The series was developed after Jane had written an essay regarding her diagnosis after which she was contacted by A&E the cable network to create a series based on her condition. 

The A&E has collaborated with NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness while creating the series where Jane works with her clinical therapist in treating and learning how to cope and come to terms with her diagnosis and past Trauma.

The truth is that we can’t know for sure the extent of how much the “Many sides of Jane” series is true, but what we know for sure is that Dissociative identity disorder is a real disease that affects real people.

What is the “Many Sides of Jane”?

Many Sides of Jane is an A&E Network six-part original docu-series that explores what life is like for one young woman living with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID).

It follows the life of Jane Hart as she juggles parenting her two boys and navigating her complicated relationship with her mother and her past as the series follows her throughout her private day to day life and also her therapy sessions as she tries to cope with her condition. 

The series was created by A&E as an attempt to inspire dialogue and change perceptions of various phenomoments and realities such as the mental illness DID. The show attempts to spread awareness and remove stigma surrounding Dissociative Identity Disorder while also  showing other people who have DID that are not alone when it comes to their own mental health struggles.

Who is Jane Hart?

Jane is an author, public speaker and mental health activist who focuses on educating the general public about the science surrounding childhood trauma, DID, and her own story while helping other people with similar experiences. 

She was born and raised in Boise, Idaho and is now a mother of two sons. Her public presence started after she wrote an essay about her diagnosis of DID in 2014 after two years of intensive therapy and how it has impacted her life. 

Jane has since spent her life researching the effects childhood trauma has on the brain and how it is linked to DID while also advocating against the stigma of Mental disorders and misdiagnosis. 

In her attempts at creating awareness, she began writing articles raising awareness through public speaking for the immensely misunderstood disorder of Dissociative Identity Disorder. 

It is through her efforts that Renegade 83 Production Company and A&E caught wind of her and decided to work together with her in de-stigmatizing Dissociative Identity Disorder. 

With the A&E cable network, she worked on creating a truel to herself and the viewers’ docu-series and allowed viewers to see how people with DID life and how such people have the same hopes and dreams as others. 

What are the different personalities of Jane?

The various personalities of Jane documented in the series include:

• Janey is six years old, innocent and childlike, and has no memory of Jane’s abuse.

• Beth is 10 years old, reserved and soft-spoken who has been traumatized from enduring a majority of Jane’s abuse.

• Jaden is an 11-year-old tomboy and very defensive

• Alexis is a 17-year-old energetic, fun, party girl. 

• Madison is a 28-year-old lesbian who wants nothing to do with men and is a protector of Jane and all her “parts.”

• Jerry holds all the anger about Jane’s past abuse

• Ashley is 19 years old and has only recently made herself known in therapy. 

• Jeffery is a male part who is still a bit of a mystery.

• A new non-verbal “part” that comes out in association with new flashbacks and does not yet have a name.

What is the History and development of “Many Sides of Jane”?

In 2014 Jane was diagnosed with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) after two years in therapy to figure out what was going wrong in her life. The diagnosis given to her by a clinical psychologist was a result of repeated childhood trauma to which Jane has unfortunately endured throughout her life. 

In June 2016, Jane wrote an article sharing her personal struggle with DID which led to a speaking opportunity on a podcast called “Shrink Rap Radio”. 

This opportunity led to the opportunity to chronicle her life living with DID on the new docu-series titled “Many Sides of Jane” airing on A&E.   

The series was created under the guidance of her therapist and in collaboration with the NAMI in a bid to create awareness about DID. In the series, Jane works to unlock the issues surrounding her trauma and to find internal harmony between her many personalities so as to co-exist with them. 

What is Dissociative identity disorder?

Dissociative identity disorder characterized by the presence of two or more alternating identities or personality states.

It is a severe form of dissociation where there is a lack of connection in a person’s thoughts, memories, feelings, actions, or sense of identity. 

Dissociative identity disorder is thought to stem from trauma experienced and dissociation serves as a coping mechanism where the person shuts themselves from a situation or experience that’s too traumatic, or painful to assimilate with consciousness.

What are the Causes and risk factors of DID?

Risk factors that increases the likelihood of the development of DID include:

  • Physical and sexual abuse in childhood that are repetitive and overwhelming. 
  • Neglect. 
  • Suicide attempts and other self-injurious behavior are common among people with dissociative identity disorder. 

What is the Diagnostic Criteria of DID?

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Illness highlight the diagnostic criteria of Dissociative personality as the following:

  • Disruption of identity characterized by two or more distinct personality states, which may be described in some cultures as an experience of possession. The disruption of marked discontinuity in sense of self and sense of agency, accompanied by related alterations in affect, behavior, consciousness, memory, perception, cognition, and/or sensory-motor functioning. 
  • Recurrent gaps in the recall of everyday events, important personal information, and/or traumatic events that are inconsistent with ordinary forgetting.
  • The symptoms cause clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning. 
  • The disturbance is not a normal part of a broadly accepted cultural or religious practice. Note: In children, the symptoms are not better explained by imaginary playmates or other fantasy play.
  • The symptoms are not attributable to the physiological effects of a substance (e.g., blackouts or chaotic behavior during alcohol intoxication) or another medical condition (e.g., complex partial seizures).

What are the Treatment options for DID?

There are no medications to directly treat the symptoms of dissociative identity disorder. However there are records of the use of antidepressants to treat symptoms of depression that are comorbid with DID. 

Treatment for DID typically involves psychotherapy to help people gain control over the dissociative process and symptoms while working on the goal of  integrating the different elements of identity. 

Cognitive behavioral therapy, Psychodynamic, and dialectical behavioral therapy are two commonly used types of therapy.

Dissociative identity disorder is most often treated with psychotherapy. This therapy focuses on:

  • Educating the affected person about their own condition;
  • Increasing awareness;
  • Management of existing emotions and impulses
  • Prevention of the following dissociations;
  • Managing current relationships, stressors and daily functionality.

The goal of treatment is not to reduce all personalities to one or to eliminate additional ones. The treatment aims to help all personalities to live and work together harmoniously. It also aims to identify the factors that produce personality changes.

Conclusion

In this article, we have discussed  whether the docu-series “Many sides of Jane” is fake or not. We have also discussed what is Dissociative identity disorder and how it impacts a person’s life and it’s treatment options. 

References

Biography: Jane Hart. IMDb. Retrieved on 29th November 2021.

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0366341/bio

Guest: Jane Hart From A&E Docuseries “Many Sides Of Jane”. SystemSpeak. 15th February 2019. Retrieved on 29th November 2021.  https://www.systemspeak.org/blog/2019/2/15/guest-jane-hart-from-aampe-docuseries-many-sides-of-jane

Comprehensive textbook of Psychiatry, Kaplan & Sadock’s, Tenth Edition, vol.1, 2017.

Harrison, Handbook of Medicine, 18th Edition, All Publishing House, 2014.

FAQ related to “Is the Many sides of Jane fake?”

What are the four types of dissociative disorders?

Dissociative disorders include dissociative amnesia, dissociative fugue, depersonalisation disorder and dissociative identity disorder. 

Who was Jane’s abuser?

Peter Dowling was a registered sex offender who’d previously been charged and convicted of the sexual abuse and is thought to be Jane’s abusers allegedly. 

What are the 3 main symptoms of dissociative disorder?

3 telling symptoms of Dissociative disorders include:

  • Memory loss (amnesia) of certain time periods, events, people and personal information.
  • A sense of being detached from yourself and your emotions.
  • A perception of the people and things around you as distorted and unreal.

What does Jane Hart do for a living?

Jane’s job includes being an author, public speaker and mental health activist as she focuses on creating awareness and removing stigma related to Mental illness such as DID.  

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