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Got Parts? An Insider's Guide To Managing Life Successfully With Dissociative Identity Disorder

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  • Posted November 13, 2009

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    Compelling, Well Written, Easy to Understand, Great for Family Members

    We often see characters in tv shows and movies who have multiple personality disorder. They are usually not portrayed realistically. This book sheds a tremendous amount of light on a much misunderstood malady. Today, we refer to this disorder as Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID). This name for the disorder is much more descriptive of the actual disorder. Previously, it was believed by most to be an extremely rare condition, bought on by some sort of trauma. Today, psychologists understand that DID is a fairly common outcome of individuals, often young children, who have endured severe trauma, usually cruel and repeated physical, sexual, mental and emotional abuse. Additionally, the patient often lacks attachment to others.

    To be diagnosed with DID, a person exhibits two or more distinct personalities. or identities that may alternate taking control of the person's consciousness, actions and behavior. While the person may exhibit a wide range of symptoms, the most common appear to be depression, memory loss, substance or drug abuse, panic and/or anxiety attacks, entering a "trance-like" state, sleeping or eating disorders, distrust of others, and lack of self care or hygene.

    The author, A.T.W., is a survivor of DID, and has written a book of rarely seen depth and explanation of the disorder. The book discusses and explains the work and steps taken by the author, her Therapist and the therapy group. DID is a serious disorder, and while the book offers exceptional methods and techniques, it is not meant to work alone to handle the disorder. Individuals suffering DID would best be served by utilizing the exercises in the book with a qualified therapist. , it is not a substitute for intense therapy, but instead a worthwhile tool for use in conjunction with a qualified therapist.

    A person with DID needs numerous coping mechanisms and an understanding of the disorder. With the proper help, it is possible for the patient to learn to work with his or her differing identities, integrating them to work together to allow the patient to live a fulfilling and satisfying life. Focusing on individual responsibility, I think this book could be a groundbreaking work in the field of DID. It offers a hopeful, helpful, understanding guide for those surviving with DID and their families. Highly recommended, and offers rare insight and understanding.

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