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Switching Time: A Doctor's Harrowing Story of Treating a Woman with 17 Personalities

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4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Compelling Tale of Hope and Healing

The author, one of those rare psychiatrists who still practiced therapy as part of his art, has woven a remarkable and disturbing tale of a woman who was so severely abused in childhood that her personality split into 17 parts. He tells the story of their work to reint...
The author, one of those rare psychiatrists who still practiced therapy as part of his art, has woven a remarkable and disturbing tale of a woman who was so severely abused in childhood that her personality split into 17 parts. He tells the story of their work to reintegrate 'Karen' into a whole, healthy person with compassion and a straightforward manner that will win no literary awards for purple prose but will draw you in and keep you riveted. Karen's alters fill in the details of the story and will make you wonder at her incredible strength. Indeed, her note to the readership in the Afterword is the most powerful, beautiful part of the whole story. One warning: this book is not for the faint of heart. Karen was treated in incomprehensibly cruel ways, and the tiny fraction of the story of abuse that fills most of these pages will make your heart ache in ways you didn't know possible. In the end, though, it is a happy, hopeful story of one wonderful, strong woman and one incredibly giving, loving, and insightful mental health care provider. You will love them both in the end.

posted by Anonymous on October 9, 2007

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

A dated memoir

I found this account of a doctor who treats a women who had multiple personalities to be very dated. The technique that this doctor used were straight from the 1980's, primarily hypnosis. I would guess that this patient is the first severely traumatized client that he h...
I found this account of a doctor who treats a women who had multiple personalities to be very dated. The technique that this doctor used were straight from the 1980's, primarily hypnosis. I would guess that this patient is the first severely traumatized client that he had.

posted by meMonica on June 10, 2010

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  • Posted June 10, 2010

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    A dated memoir

    I found this account of a doctor who treats a women who had multiple personalities to be very dated. The technique that this doctor used were straight from the 1980's, primarily hypnosis. I would guess that this patient is the first severely traumatized client that he had.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted August 12, 2012

    Very Interesting

    Good Book

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