The Invisible Girl: Uncovering Repressed Memories of Childhood Sexual Abuse

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This story breaks new frontiers in what we know about repressed memories. The Invisible Girl is a riveting personal account of living in the aftermath of childhood physical and sexual abuse. It is based both on personal experience and the lives of hundreds of patients Sandra Dixon treated in 20 years as a mental health professional. Sandra grew up mute and detached from the world, feeling on the brink of insanity. Hidden in her mind were grotesque images that burst forth at any time without warning. She lived ...

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Overview

This story breaks new frontiers in what we know about repressed memories. The Invisible Girl is a riveting personal account of living in the aftermath of childhood physical and sexual abuse. It is based both on personal experience and the lives of hundreds of patients Sandra Dixon treated in 20 years as a mental health professional. Sandra grew up mute and detached from the world, feeling on the brink of insanity. Hidden in her mind were grotesque images that burst forth at any time without warning. She lived with the effects of repressed memories for 47 years before they surfaced and she was able to reclaim her life. She portrays her journey with courage, wit, humor, ,and a human spirit in search for answers.

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Carla van Dam
"Ms. Dixon has demonstrated enormous courage describing her own history in a compelling manner that is difficult to put down . . . "--(Carla van Dam, PhD, Psychologist and author of Identifying Child Molesters and The Socially Skilled Child Molester)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780615228488
  • Publisher: Percy House
  • Publication date: 12/9/2008
  • Sales rank: 945,803
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Sandra J. Dixon, PMHCNS-BC, is board certified by the ANCC as a Clinical Specialist in Child & Adolescent, and Adult, Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. She is a FAAETS (fellow) member of the National Center for Crisis Management, in collaboration with the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, and is a board certified Expert in Traumatic Stress, Acute Traumatic Stress Management, and Sexual Abuse. She is a member of The National Association to Protect Children (PROTECT.) She has worked over 20 years in the mental health field.
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  • Posted May 25, 2009

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    A must-read book about surviving childhood sexual abuse

    Once in a while, a book like The Invisible Girl by Sandra Dixon comes along that touches your heart and soul. It reads like a good novel, heartrending, funny at times, and terrifying, compelling you to turn to the next page to find out what happens next. And then you realize the story is true! Sexual abuse by someone who is supposed to love and care for you is a horrifying experience. It's no wonder that the author repressed her fear, pain and revulsion for many years, only to have her feelings express themselves in nightmares, flashbacks and odd behavior. Frightening, the book is also enlightening and a must read for counselors, parents, teachers, law enforcement officers and judges. Not only does it show the terror in graphic detail, but it describes what to do if you discover sexual abuse or encounter a child who is repressing feelings and memories. As author of a book on Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, I highly recommend this exceptionally well written book that will become a psychology classic and help countless victims/survivors and those who love them.

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  • Posted April 24, 2009

    The Invisible Girl: Uncovering Repressed Memories of Childhood Sexual Abuse

    This is an amazing real life story about a timid, broken little girl who grew to become a happy, confident, and well-educated woman. Childhood sexual abuse is a horrid thing. Sandra Dixon managed to finally overcome her demons and devote her life to helping others who have been sexually abused. The Invisible Girl also has a valuable resourse section at the end of the book.

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  • Posted April 24, 2009

    Hard to put down

    I enjoyed reading this book and learned a lot about one person's personal and extremely difficult struggles with abuse and healing. The emotional impact is powerful but not overwhelming because of the author's humor and perseverance in the journey. I would recommend this book to individuals trying to understand their own experience with flashbacks and abuse, and also to professionals and individuals wanting better understanding. The resources for parents and professionals are a huge help!

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