Herschel Walker

Dissociative Identity Disorder

"D.I.D. is not 'Sybil' or 'Three Faces of Eve.' D.I.D. is just an illness that people are dealing with"


Born March 3, 1962

Grew up in Wrightsville, GA

First Grade

- Stuttering Issue

- Overweight

- Constantly Picked On

- Christian household

- One of Seven Children

Seventh Grade

- Created a Person to be Strong

- Read to Himself Out Loud Until his Stutter Disappeared

- Worked out

- Became Successful in Football

College and Beyond

- Attended the University of Georgia

- Won the Heisman Within Three Years

- Joined the United States Football League with the New Jersey Generals

- Joined NFL with Dallas Cowboys

- Noticed Behavior after Retiring in 1997

--- More Aggressive at Home

--- His Wife became his Target

----- He Put a Gun to her Head During an Argument

How the Disorder Manifested

His wife became his target when he was an angrier alternate

He constantly contemplated suicide

Alternates had various interests

One alternate was a child, who showed up when Walker injured his hand one day

The sweet and loving personality told Walker's wife that she married him, not Walker

Walker doesn't remember winning the Heisman Trophy

Had around a dozen alternate personalities

Some of the alters would tell Walker the diagnosis was wrong

"I told somebody once, 'You don't want the Herschel that plays football ... babysitting your child. When I am competing, I am a totally different person.'"


He explained his behavior as multiple hats. He put on the red/aggressive hat for football, a white hat for home, and a blue hat for work. Without football, the red hat went on at home, and he felt incapable of stopping it. He knew the behavior wasn't him, but didn't know how to stop it.

"Well, now it makes perfect sense, because each personality has a different interest. This one has an interest in ballet, this one has an interest in the Marines, this one had an interest [in the] FBI, this one had an interest in sports" - Walker's Wife, Cindy Grossman


Therapy sessions

Integrating the alternates into the main individual, helping them work together

Writing a book to change the stigma surrounding the disorder, and make it real

Talking about everything he can remember, to help him understand

Herschel Walker DID

Avery Dukes

Period 8