Narasi.net — People with multiple personalities or more, many may think that only exist in fiction. But it can also happen in real life, although it’s rare.
As experienced by this man from Germany. Leonard Stockl, age 22, suffers from dissociative identity disorder (DID) or generally has more than one personality. This condition makes him unable to leave the house alone.
The man who lives in Munich has to share his soul with 10 other personalities and makes it difficult for him to live his daily life. Uniquely, he did not experience personality disorders since childhood, but when he was growing up.
As quoted from Oddity Central, Leonard lived a normal life, until last year when he took the university entrance exam. When the other participants took the exam, he couldn’t focus and lost his memory.
The worsening condition made Leonard go to the doctor and the results of the examination stated that he was diagnosed with DID. There are 10 personalities of different genders and ages in Leonard, ranging from 4-year-old toddlers to 26-year-old adult men.
Leonard explains that any personality can take over his mind at any time, making it difficult for him to find work and socialize. Because each personality has different abilities and desires.
This rare condition also makes him afraid to go out alone. Luckily, Leonard has a lover who understands his situation. But dating someone with DID can be a tough challenge.
Leonard tells that dating moments with his girlfriend are often disrupted because the personality of a toddler and young child can suddenly take over. What’s more, there are some other personalities who don’t really like their lover.
“One of the personalities initially hated him – now he’s trying to be kinder but it doesn’t always work,” says Leonard.
Having 10 personalities does make Leonard’s life more challenging. However, she tries to look at the positive side of her situation and has no intention of losing her other identity even if it is possible with medical and professional help.
“They are my family, my friends, a team. I would not be able to live without them,” he concluded.