La Republica: due to a rare disorder, 10 alter personalities settled in the body of a German
22-year-old German Leonhard Stokl said that due to a serious emotional trauma suffered in childhood, he suffers from a rare disease – dissociative identity disorder, because of which he had to “share” his body with 10 personalities of different ages and genders. La Republica became interested in his story.
The man claims that due to a rare mental illness, his consciousness “split”, and now four-year-old Kovu, eight-year-old Hector, 16-year-old Ana, 17-year-old Cosmo, 18-year-old Ash, 19-year-old Jesse “settled” in his body, Leo, 21; Billy, 23; Liv, 24; and Red, 26. Leonard refers to all of his alter personalities as “the system” and refers to himself as the master of the “system” because he is the one who most often controls the body.
Until adolescence, Stoeckl was unaware of his diagnosis and was quite able to cope with daily activities. His condition deteriorated sharply in preparation for the final exams at school. Unlike his classmates, the young man could not concentrate for a long time, suffered from memory loss and other symptoms that accompany the “switching” of personality.
For seven years, Stokl was observed by a psychologist, but he was diagnosed only at the end of April 2022, after he was hospitalized for six weeks in a specialized clinic, where he underwent several courses of treatment. Leo noted that he felt relieved when the doctors explained to him the reasons for what was happening to him, but he realizes that he still has a lot of work to do before he copes with his injury and can take control of his life.
At the moment, due to persistent dissociative identity disorder, Stokel is unable to get a full-time job and is forced to sell handmade bags and bookmarks in his own small online store. The young man also admits that he is in a relationship, but because of his multiple alter personalities, he periodically has problems with his partner.
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