My Mom is different

Book Details

Title: My Mom is different
Publisher: Braziller George Inc
Publication Date: 1994
  • 0-9629164-3-9

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I’m glad to see there is finally a book out for kids like me. In fact I have a sister and a brother and the book has helped us a great deal. Growing up with a multiple for a mom was really difficult, because I didn’t understand. I’m now 16 and I’m doing a research project on multiple personality disorder. Growing up I wished I was a normal kid with a normal mom. Now I realize I was blessed by God to be able to help out others like me. I’m a highschool youth group leader and I have a great testimony. I also take a class working with mentally handicapped kids and I love doing it because I know what it is like to be different and sometimes feel unloved.

Review by Monique Renee Workman
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This illustrated book for children is written from the point of view of the child of a multiple parent. It is an ideal vehicle with which to introduce the concept of multiplicity to the young children of newly diagnosed parents. Authored by a mother with MPD, My Mom Is Different addresses many of the concerns of such children: confusion about the parent’s relationship with a therapist (a relationship that many children find frightening); anger about hospitalization and fear of hospital visits; and the pain and disruption that a parent experiences when remembering past traumatic events (even though recovering memories is ultimately beneficial).

The tone of this book is hopeful, although it does not shy away from difficult subjects. For example, it addresses the longing of children of "different" parents to have "regular" parents, and their discomfort with discussing their parent’s situation with their friends. The book clearly explains to children what a "survivor" is, what an "alter" is, and how alters may behave.

My Mom Is Different will help parents, both those who are multiple and those who are not, talk effectively with their children about MPD, addressing how multiplicity works and how it may affect the feelings of the child. It discusses children’s fears that their dissociative parent no longer loves them or that the parent will go away and never come back. This book also deals with children’s embarrassment about a parent’s behavior, absences, bad days, and more.

Always positive, My Mom Is Different reinforces the idea that, even with the difficulties that dissociation may bring, a family with a multiple parent can be loving, supportive, and nurturing, and problems can be overcome.

Review by The Sidran Foundation Bookshelf
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