Ex-UGA Bulldog great, and ex-NFL running back Herschel Walker says that he exhibited multiple personalities, known as 'Dissociative Identity Disorder" (DID). Walker (apparently the main one) writes about his 'alters' in his new book "Breaking Free", out now.
Walker makes it clear that he did not suffer physical or sexual abuse during childhood. Interesting because abuse is considered the causal factor of DID. Kinda like manifesting 'strep throat' without exposure to the streptococcus bacteria.
Walker opens the book with an anecdote in which he became enraged about a botched Mercedes delivery. He attributes this rather mundane episode to DID. We would attribute it to a temper tantrum. Whatever, you can't write a book about your rather common anger control problems; you can write a book about your multiple personalities. Apparently every mood a Walker feels belongs to a different personality. Terrell Owens must harbor a few hundred personalities.
Walker also mixes in a good bit of Christian theology in the mix, along with the prejudice experienced in the South when he grew up.
Walker explains relatively mundane chapters of his life -- such as anxiety about having his wisdom teeth pulled -- as a manifestation of DID. Sounds like he was simply anxious about needles.
Walker relates a number of behavior problems throughout his career --attributed to DID -- and complaints about teams and coaches. It is unclear which personality messed up the famous Viking-Cowboy trade. Walker can't remember a number of life events including threatening his wife.
Walker would be better off seeing a competent psychiatrist for a better diagnosis. Then again, that might not be a best-seller. However, he could no longer form his own personal multi-personality football team.