German doctors are faced with a unique case. A blind patient with dissociative identity disorder, also known as “multiple personality disorder,” regains her sight after feeling like a different person.
The 37-year-old woman, whose name is not named and is designated only by the initials "VT", is diagnosed with cortical blindness - as a result of an accident at the age of 20, she damaged part of the brain.
In addition, the patient was diagnosed with a mental disorder - a split personality, and in an aggravated form - 10 characters of various ages, sex and temperaments "live" in the woman. Some of them even speak different languages.
Psychologists Hans Strasburger and Bruno Waldvogel took up the study of an unusual patient. The results of their work, according to the Daily Mail, were published in the specialized edition of the PsyCh Journal.
During treatment, doctors discovered that vision returned to the woman when she was in the form of a teenage boy. Moreover, this happened in a matter of seconds after the "inclusion" of the character.
After long-term therapy, the doctors managed to achieve that "V. T." began to see, being in a state of 8 out of 10 people "living" in it.
Having studied the reaction of the woman's visual cortex to visual stimuli, doctors came to the conclusion that her blindness was caused not by physiological damage, but by a mental disorder.
- Most likely, this effect is one of the types of the body's defense reaction. That is, in situations with a strong emotional stress, the patient seems to express a desire not to see what is happening, and the brain “turns off” vision,”Dr. Strasburger told Braindecoder.
The psychologist added that with a high degree of probability for the first time such a reaction manifested itself in a woman precisely during an accident 17 years ago.
Therapeutic procedures and observation of the amazing patient continues.