Other TitlesEAPA's 2012 Annual World EAP Conference
Seeing Past the Defense: Overcoming Hidden Struggles
DescriptionHerschel Walker is widely regarded as one of football's greatest running backs. Herschel spent twelve years in the NFL, where he scored sixty-one rushing touchdowns. But despite the acclaim he won as a football legend, track star, Olympic competitor, and later a successful businessman, Herschel realized that his life, at times, was out of control. He often felt angry, self-destructive, and unable to meaningfully connect with friends and family. Herschel turned to professionals for help and was ultimately diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder, formerly known as multiple personality disorder. While some might have taken this diagnosis as a setback, Herschel approached his mental health with the same indomitable spirit he brought to the playing field. It also gave him, for the first time, insight into his life's unexplained passages, stretches of time that seemed forever lost. Herschel came to understand that during those times, his "alters," or alternate personalities, were in control. During this keynote session, Herschel tells his story - from the joys and hardships of childhood to his explosive impact on college football to his remarkable professional career. Herschel shows how this disorder played an integral role in his accomplishments and how he has learned to live with it today. His compelling account testifies to the strength of the human spirit and its ability to overcome any challenge and reminds us that even those who have accomplished much may need assistance.
dissociative identity disorder
Multiple Personality Disorder