Scottish singing sensation Susan Boyle is being stalked by a fan with multiple identity disorder or dissociative identity disorder (DID). Her website has received numerous emails all claiming to be written by different people when they are in fact the product of the same individual.
Boyle, who has been likened in appearance to a monkey, is said to be very concerned about the unwanted attention. She has even started to seek solace in religion, although so far neither Jesus or Budda have been able to help her. At times she has seemed lost in the woods, searching for a way out.
DID is a condition in which a person displays multiple distinct identities each with its own pattern of perceiving and interacting with the environment. Individuals diagnosed with DID demonstrate a variety of symptoms with wide fluctuations across time; functioning can vary from severe impairment in daily functioning to normal or high abilities.
Sometimes a person suffering from multiple identities seeks recognition from a famous person. They hallucinate that they really know this person and they have been none to discuss this person within their identity group.
For Susan Boyle the situation is very worrying. She has cancelled forthcoming engagements and will only return to the public eye when this individual has been brought under control.