During the session with Dr. Marvin, there have always been very clear boundaries. Dr. M. always stays safely on his side of the table. Periodically, we will check out something with him on his computer, but it was very slow and measured. He greets us at his door and still to this day we scurry past him blindly coming in and going out. We don't tolerate closeness in the office without switching parts, usually to a more regressed, frightened, or angry self. We sit on the couch, and he is opposite us in a comfortable chair. For a long time, we started sessions by having Dr. M. read our journal/blog to catch up. Some of the highlights of our sessions with Dr. M. are that he is ALWAYS in a good mood and smiles often, but if necessary, can be serious in a split second. He usually asks questions such as "What do you think about that?"
This book is our personal response to life, as told to Dr. Marvin, or lived with him and others. Our name is Ann (Ann Marie), and we are a Multiple, or if you please, we have been diagnosed for the last 28 years with "Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID - 19 of us), "Complex - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)," and "Severe Depression." Most Multiples will tell you though, truthfully ... they are not disordered. We are more than a disorder - we like to think in terms of being a healthy community. Please be invited to read and think about our book and those coming soon afterward. It's time to catch up!
About the Author
My name is officially Ann Marie Garvey. I live 60 miles west of Chicago, but at the time of this book, we lived in Brookfield, IL I am now 58 years old, and have been a Multiple (Dissociative Identity "Disorder"). There are 19 of us w/separate minds living in one body. I have been writing for the last 15 years in either journal form, or through blogs. Throughout the time of this book - and all the other books forthcoming, we have had regular (2 hour per week) sessions with Dr. Robert Marvin from University of IL - Chicago (UIC). I am entirely grateful for his contribution to our life.
This book, Coffee - No Cream, No Sugar is the first book of many. It encapsulates the time we wrote from September 2003 to September 2004. We continue to write, and will continue adding books to our que. We hope that you enjoy the books and spending time in our life. Thanks for reading!