Dissociative identity disorder sourcebook, The

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Title: Dissociative identity disorder sourcebook, The
Publisher: McGraw-Hill
Publication Date: July 2001
  • 0737303948

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I bought this book to find out more about myself. Landing on this website, I was surprised to see the the book on the list. I read it over and over again. How I wish there were more books on the list at Barnes and Nobles. Having been diagnosed with DID, all the information I can absorb, the better. It’s a relief to see there ARE others like me somewhere out there. I highly recommend this book. Thanks!!!

Review by Bren
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I picked this book up because most of the sites I have visited suggested this book. I found this book to be boring, some informative and directed to newcomers of a diagnosis. I was very hurt many people would think this was a highly recommended book.

Please, to those of you who have been diagnosis with this for some time, DO NOT waste your time. Give it to friends who might want to know a little more about our secret.

To those therapist who think we can not think for ourselves. Who do you think you are to say anything like that. Pick the book up and read it. Maybe the author wrote the book for you!

Review by Deborah Melvin
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Dissociative identity disorder (DID), formerly called multiple personality disorder, is a condition fraught with controversy and skepticism. Often the greatest challenge for a person with DID is overcoming society's general misunderstanding of alter (multiple) personalities and how they may be treated and resolved. Once believed to be a rare and dramatic aberration, DID is actually a highly evolved survival mechanism acquired by some individuals as they cope with severe and prolonged trauma, abuse, and fear.

Written from the patient's perspective, The Dissociative Identity Disorder Sourcebook is an eminently practical and sensitive guide for persons with the disorder, their families, and their therapists.

The author provides an empowering message of hope as she skillfully explains:

  • How to find and work with an appropriate therapist
  • The phases of treatment, including many useful exercises and tools for sharing information, managing feelings, and setting up a basic safety plan
  • The benefits and challenges of both individual and group therapies
  • Learning how to trust again so that you may move out of therapy and into the critical process of stabilization

Review by The Sidran Foundation Bookshelf
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I have serious concerns about this book. Haddock writes as a "know best" kind of professional, yes she has knowledge, though not the quintessential insight and empathy manifested by some other MPD therapist/writers. I found a lot of her advice juvenile, dangerous, arrogant and naive. (Cook, drink special teas). Excuse me, we are talking about the survival after fragmentation of self here .. Haddock thinks this is intrinsically a matter of "upskilling" the sufferers. Therapists like her can re-traumatise DID and MPD sufferers - be careful; be very careful. It might be a relief for people to find this book if they haven’t ever found anything else which validates their experience, but there are much better ones. Multiple Selves, Multiple Voices by Phil Mollon 1996 John Wiley and Sons is safer in my view and is capable of presenting a variety of understandings, rather than the know best approach of Haddock.

Review by wordchild
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