Saturday, March 19, 2011

Book #11: Switching Time

Book 11: Switching Time: A Doctor's Harrowing Story of Treating a Woman with 17 Personalities, by Dr. Richard Baer

Another book where the title/sub-title pretty much sum up the plot, this was the  memoir of a psychiatrist who, over the course of 16 years, treats a woman with a true case of multiple personality disorder.

Spawned as a coping mechanism to deal with a cycle of abuse that started well before she was born, "Karen's" MPD helped her get through years of abuse - from her father punching her mother's stomach while she was pregnant to ritualistic quasi-religious physical and sexual abuse. The journey is definitely interesting to follow as we watch Karen learn of her "alters" and eventually cope with having them.

Perhaps something fiction next...

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