Got Parts? An Insider's Guide to Managing Life Successfully with Dissociative Identity Disorder

Got Parts? An Insider's Guide to Managing Life Successfully with Dissociative Identity Disorder

by A.T. W.
     
 

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Got Parts? was written by a survivor of DID in association with her therapist and therapy group. This book is filled with successful coping techniques and strategies to enhance the day-to-day functioning of adult survivors of DID in relationships, work, parenting, self-confidence, and self-care. Got Parts will help you introduce yourself to your internal family and…  See more details below

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Got Parts? was written by a survivor of DID in association with her therapist and therapy group. This book is filled with successful coping techniques and strategies to enhance the day-to-day functioning of adult survivors of DID in relationships, work, parenting, self-confidence, and self-care. Got Parts will help you introduce yourself to your internal family and improve its communication, integration, and well-being. Although written to carefully avoid triggering, it delivers well-grounded guidelines for living that DID people need to do on the way to recovery. Coping strategies included help you with issues related to triggers, flashbacks, and body memories. Got Parts also includes a detailed list of outside resources you can draw on. This book is intended to be used in conjunction with a therapist and is not a substitute for therapy.

Once thought of as a rare and mysterious psychiatric curiosity, Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) is now understood to be a fairly common outcome of severe trauma in young children—most typically extreme and repeated physical, sexual, and/or emotional abuse, and often lack of attachment. Formerly called Multiple Personality Disorder, DID is a condition in which a person has two or more distinct identities or personality states that recurrently take control of the person's consciousness and behavior. Symptoms can include depression, mood swings, panic or anxiety attacks, substance abuse, memory loss, propensity for trances, sleep and eating disorders, distrust, detachment, lack of self-care, and distress or impairment at work.

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Editorial Reviews

Falkenberry - Ellen Falkenberry
My DID clients have found this little book to be helpful, informative, and encouraging. I think it's just the right length (about 100 pages) for the newly-diagnosed to digest early in treatment. It was most useful for them to finally see their experiences in black-and-white, and they relished the suggestions given in the book on how to deal with alters. For further reading I would suggest "Amongst Ourselves" by Tracy Alderman and Karen Marshall.
Coates - Lauri C. Coates
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
Turner - Ann W. Turner
"Got Parts? An Insider's Guide to Managing Life Successfully With Dissociative Identity Disorder" (whew!)is the best book I have yet read on D.I.D., a disorder that is still not really in the consciousness of the wider public. This is an authentic, useful, and ultimately hopeful book from the point of view of a middle-aged women with multiple personalities. ATW's (the author's initials) advice covers: the symptoms of D.I.D.; learning to know your alters, both old and young; and much more!
Johnson - Robert Johnson
In contrast to many books on Multiple Personality, this charming book is directed almost exclusively at those who already know they have DID and who are now trying to learn ways to best deal with everyday challenging situations. In a sense, it is like a "Drivers Manual" for Multiple Personality itself.

One of the more valuable sections revolves around the frequent dilemma of.....how to deal with doctors visits that may involve touching and other intrusive procedures.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940012105769
Publisher:
Loving Healing Press
Publication date:
02/03/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
694,378
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

We live in a female body, 44 years of age, single, a college graduate, with no
living children. We share our life and living space with a beloved cat. We are beginning to work part-time, after being unable to work for over a decade. We were
diagnosed DID in March 1997, though we had been in therapy intermittently, undiagnosed and misdiagnosed, for years.

We survived physical, sexual, emotional, and spiritual abuse and torture for
the first 30 years of life, and intermittently for the next 9 years. The length of time, severity, and the extreme nature of what was done to us resulted in the creation of a very (very) large and diverse System. Perpetrators included family members, neighbors, school-mates—as well as the fathers of two school-mates, strangers, persons in authority in churches and schools we attended, and persons in the medical and mental health communities. We are also a survivor of SRA, and organized mind control programming by several different groups of individuals.

We self-mutilated for decades, attempted suicide several times, and ended up
in a psych hospital once. We hated ourselves, we hated our life. We held no hope of
anything ever changing, of the pain and horror and evil ever stopping. We didn’t
know life could be any different.

We finally found our way to a remarkable therapist, skilled both in treating
trauma, and in accurately diagnosing DID and knowing what it takes to manage this
diagnosis and re-integrate. We do not believe we would be here today without his
skill, courage, compassion and unflagging belief in us, and his commitment to fight
for us as long as we fought for ourselves.

Although we are not 100% in following what is in this book 100% of the time,
we continue to work toward ever-higher levels of this, because the ideas contained in this book are what have saved us, and what gave us a real chance at a healthy, satisfying life. There is a lot of us in these pages.

Our successes have been hard-won, and they have not come quickly... but they have come. Accepting the diagnosis, learning to accept each other inside and work together instead of trying to vex each other, learning through hard experience the
critical importance of good self care, doing the wrenching work of remembering what
was done to us and working through it—speaking our truth, feeling the feelings,

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