From Eve to Sybil to Truddi Chase, the media have long chronicled the lives of people with dissociative identity disorder (DID), formerly known as multiple personality disorder. The Dissociative Identity Disorder Sourcebook serves as a much-needed bridge for communication between the dissociative individual and therapists, family, and friends who also have to learn to deal with the effects of this truly astonishing disorder.
This anthology of clinically relevant articles is an excellent contribution to the field of MPD and, indeed, to the field of psychotherapy in general. It presents a common vision of principles which are devoted to improving life with MPD and also a variety of applications and experiences which are useful to the clinician, client, and lay reader. In these pages the reader can find an exciting and deeply humanistic spirit from those who live with multiplicity and from spouses, relatives, or partners or survivors.
From Kirkus Reviews:
A singular first-person account of the much-debated condition now known as dissociative identity disorder (DID)formerly termed multiple personality disorder by a man who professes to have 24 separate personalities, or “alters.” West was a successful businessman when he began hearing the voices that led him to a psychologist’s office and eventually to the diagnosis of DID. Although he had no memory of childhood sexual abuse by his mother and grandmother, his alters did, and as his psychologist explains, their existence was his mind’s way of coping with those experiences.
Flock: The Autobiography of a Multiple Personality
When Joan Frances Casey “awoke” on the ledge of a building ready to jump, she did not know how she had gotten there. And it wasn’t the first time she had blanked out. She decided to give therapy another try. And after a few sessions, Lynn Wilson, an experienced psychiatric social worker, was shocked to discover that Joan had MPD–Multiple Personality Disorder. And as she came to know Joan’s distinct selves, Lynn uncovered a nightmarish pattern of emotional and physical abuse, including rape and incest, that nearly succeeded in smothering the artistic and intellectual gifts of this amazing young woman.
Rewriting the Soul: Multiple Personality and the Sciences of Memory
Many clinicians, backed by a grass-roots movement of patients and therapists, argue that child abuse is the primary cause of multiple personality disorder (MPD), while critics charge the MPD community with fostering false memories of childhood trauma. Using this controversial disorder as a point of departure, Hacking (philosophy, Univ. of Toronto) here probes deep into the science of memory. While the fascination with memory is nothing new, it wasn’t until the second half of the 19th century that a real science of memory developed. The study of pathological memory arose out of this new science, and with it came the study of multiple personalities. Hacking (The Taming of Chance, Cambridge Univ. Pr., 1990) argues that the manner in which the sciences of memory evolved has much to do with today’s memory confrontations, and, moreover, that the current outbreak of dissociative disorders reflects our new political times. Ultimately, Hacking illustrates in this demanding examination how the current politics of memory have resulted in the scientizing of the soul.
Shattered Selves: Multiple Personality in a Postmodern World
The postmodern assertion that we can no longer live with a single identity, but must acquire radical multiple personalities, says Glass (government, U. of Maryland), denies human psychological needs and undermines the postmodern political agenda. He juxtaposes postmodern statements with the testimony of women in mental institutions who must live without a firm identity, mostly because of incest.
When Rabbit Howls: A First-Person Account of Multiple Personality, Memory and Recovery
When Rabbit Howls: A First-Person Account of Multiple Personality, Memory and Recovery
by Troops For Juddi Chase
Truddi Chase began therapy to discover why she suffered from blackouts. What surfaced was terrifying: she was inhabited by ‘the Troops’–92 individual personalities. This groundbreaking true story is made all the more extraordinary in that it was written by the Troops themselves. What they reveal is a spellbinding descent into a personal hell–and an ultimate deliverance for the woman they became.
Part memoir, part mystery, Find Me is a compelling and utterly original tale that will break your heart as it heals it. Told in Rosie’s candid, moving voice, it is the story of a friendship between a troubled young woman and a celebrity obsessed with helping her. As this bizarre relationship unfolds — and unravels — so, too, does Rosie’s history, forcing powerful acts of remembering and reckoning. This is a topsy-turvy tale of unforgettable characters, mistaken identities, and strange psychological illnesses that may or may not exist. Through it all, we come to know the author at levels that grow ever more surprising — and sometimes shocking — as Rosie reveals to us not only the way the past transforms the present, but how a single stranger thousands of miles away can spark irrational longings, profound obsession, and, finally, the opportunity to put these forces to work in a healing way.
From Book News, Inc.:
Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) is a new and more accurate designation for what was formerly known as Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD). In this volume, psychiatrists, psychologists, and therapists offer clear, authoritative, and updated information on a variety of techniques for the assessment and management of the disorder.
Dissociative Identity Disorder: Diagnosis, Clinical Features, and Treatment of Multiple Personality
From the Back Cover:
Since the publication of Colin A. Ross’s influential work Multiple Personality Disorder in 1989, this challenging field has evolved rapidly–with new thinking, new research, and a new name: dissociative identity disorder (DID). Keeping pace with these developments, this retitled Second Edition has been skillfully revised and expanded to offer a comprehensive, detailed, and fully up-to-date grounding in the history, diagnosis, and treatment of DID.
Readers will find three new chapters covering epidemiology, a sound critique of skeptics of DID, and the problem of attachment to the perpetrator and the locus of control shift.
This practical book on working with multiple personality disorder demystifies MPD and redefines it as a creative and sensible way of surviving a childhood of extreme trauma and absolute powerlessness. At the same time it addresses the complex results of this survival skill and the challenges that MPD clients and their therapists face in reintegrating the shattered self. Judy Kessler’s story is the thread that weaves the book together. Without going into the details of the abuse that Judy endured, the authors illuminate the intensity of her suffering, the strength of her spirit, and the miracle of her recovery from multiple personality disorder. Now integrated, she is a powerful voice, not only for herself but for other multiples who seek wholeness. In addition to telling Judy’s story in her own words, the book is illustrated with numerous drawings, paintings, and sculptures that Judy did during her therapy. The therapists write from a background that is humanistic, blending their own personal experiences and findings with concepts from Virginia Satir, Erik Erikson, and Gestalt therapy, as well as research on the development of multiple personality disorder. They present a therapeutic map that portrays the work with a multiple from the beginning of therapy through integration. Information and techniques are described in a detailed and down-to-earth manner. Throughout the book, but particularly in their final chapter on ritualistic abuse of children, the authors show compassion for the multiple, who experienced so much suffering as a child. Their approach to the “inner family” of the multiple is consistently respectful; after all, these personalities enabled the child to survive. Seldomdo readers have the opportunity to witness the dramatic success of therapy for a multiple personality, told by both the patient and her therapists. Not only the clearly presented treatment approach but also the honestly shared memories and impressions will be helpful to clients, teachers, students, and multiples as they endeavor to understand some of the most disenfranchised people in our society.
The Osiris Complex: Case-Studies in Multiple Personality Disorder
Book News Review:
Psychiatrist Ross believes that multiple personality disorder (MPD) is “the key diagnosis in an impending paradigm shift in psychiatry, because MPD best illustrates the characteristic response of the human organism to severe psychosocial trauma, and because trauma is a major cause of mental illness, from a public health point of view.” This collection of case studies, then, is intended not only to present interesting stories or provide a window into the current dissociative- disorders field, but to help foster an understanding of the relationship between childhood trauma and serious mental illness. The only case identified by real name is that of poet Anne Sexton.
Jekyll on Trial: Multiple Personality Disorder and Criminal Law
Why do we find multiple personality disorder (MPD) so fascinating? Perhaps because each of us is aware of a dividedness within ourselves: we often feel as if we are one person on the job, another with our families, another with our friends and lovers. We may fantasize that these inner discrepancies will someday break free, that within us lie other personalities – genius, lover, criminal – that will take us over and render us strangers to our very selves. What happens when such a transformation literally occurs, when an alter personality surfaces and commits some heinous deed? In Jekyll on Trial, Elyn R. Saks carefully delineates how MPD forces us to re-examine our central concepts of personhood, responsibility, and punishment. Drawing on law, psychiatry, and philosophy, Saks explores the nature of alter personalities, and shows how different conceptualizations bear on criminal responsibility. A wide-ranging and deeply informed book, Jekyll on Trial is must reading for anyone interested in law, criminal justice, psychiatry, or human behavior.
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