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ExpressJune 24, 2024

EXPRESS: Yejin Kee, South Korea

In this piece, Yejin wanted to acknowledge the different mental illnesses that plague society today, specifically DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder). This artwork depicts the different personas that are a part of this woman, highlighted in the empty puzzle pieces of her face. The cracked mirror at the bottom that shows a reflection of herself has broken shards that illustrate the different personalities she feels daily due to past traumas, and the emotions at the bottom emphasize the different personas as well. Using a mixture of colored pencils, watercolors, and markers, Yejin wanted to create something that embodied this mental illness and break away from the stereotypes pushed around it.

Formerly known as multiple personality disorder, dissociative identity disorder (DID) is a mental health condition where a person has two or more separate personalities that control their behavior at different times. When personalities switch, people with dissociative identity disorder have gaps in their memory of everyday events, personal information, and trauma. Dissociative disorders usually develop as a way of dealing with trauma. Dissociative disorders most often form in children exposed to long-term physical, sexual, or emotional abuse. Natural disasters and combat can also cause dissociative disorders. Treatment for dissociative disorders often involves psychotherapy and medication. Though finding an effective treatment plan can be difficult, many people can live healthy and productive lives.

 

EXPRESS is a new section of our blog devoted to YTP’s creative community.

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