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United States of Tara 

A woman struggles to find a balance between her dissociative identity disorder and raising a dysfunctional family.

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Diablo Cody
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Series cast summary:
Toni Collette ...  Tara Gregson 36 episodes, 2009-2011
John Corbett ...  Max Gregson 36 episodes, 2009-2011
Rosemarie DeWitt ...  Charmaine Craine 36 episodes, 2009-2011
Keir Gilchrist ...  Marshall Gregson 36 episodes, 2009-2011
Brie Larson ...  Kate Gregson 36 episodes, 2009-2011
Patton Oswalt ...  Neil 21 episodes, 2009-2011
Michael J. Willett ...  Lionel 16 episodes, 2010-2011
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Tara, a professional woman, artist, wife and mother, diagnosed with Dissociative Identity Disorder (formerly referred to as MPD - Multiple Personality Disorder) stops taking her medication and struggles to unite her "alters" (alternate personalities.) As the seemingly disparate portions of her psyche seek to combine and peaceably co-exist, Tara, her husband, their kids, family and friends deal with the fallout, life and various morons who do not know their schizophrenia from their MPD. Written by LA-Lawyer

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Just your average mother, teenager, biker dude, housewife. See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 January 2009 (USA) See more »

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United States of Tara See more »

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DreamWorks Television See more »
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Dolby Digital

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Portia Doubleday was originally cast as Kate in the pilot episode but was replaced by Brie Larson, when the pilot was picked up to be a series. See more »

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Tara and Kate get matching tattoos in season 1. They are never seen again. See more »

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Referenced in Spielberg (2017) See more »

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Bravo, bravo! One of the better portrayals of Dissociative Identity Disorder
13 September 2014 | by diskcrasherSee all my reviews

My wife has DID (and PTSD, BPD, anxiety, ...) due to childhood abuse. There have been very few movies/shows about this disorder, and I found that I could really relate to this one. It does a very good job showing just what happens with someone who has DID, especially with the nearly immediate transition to alters and back. That was spot on. The dysfunction was also covered fairly well. Nothing is normal with mental illness. Normal day-to-day activities can turn upside down, and planning things can become impossible due to the unpredictability of it all. Even going to your job every day can be a challenge. Then there are days where everything seems perfectly normal.

And that's an area they only lightly touched on. The suicide ideation/attempts, raging, depression, guilt, eating disorders, emergencies, money problems, lack of boundaries... these are much more severe and common than what they showed (but that probably wouldn't make for an as entertaining series.) And, at least in my wife's case, her alters aren't as well defined or as persistent. Some don't even have names, and frequently there is just dissociation without alters. None of them wear different clothes.

The difficulty with getting proper treatment is also shown. But they didn't touch on the cost very much. Most insurances must "pre-approve" treatment for mental health issues, which is a joke. Break your leg, go to the hospital. Have a meltdown and need immediate counseling? Ask your insurance for permission first. And don't even think about paying for it out of your own pocket (unless you're independently wealthy, which you probably aren't since someone with DID isn't likely to be holding down a job).

Overall, an entertaining but also educational look at DID. Someone did their homework.


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