First person plural : my life as a multiple

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Title: First person plural : my life as a multiple
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Publisher: Hyperion
Publication Date: March 1999
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  • 0786863900
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The 1st therapist I ever saw thought that I was making it up for attention.The 2nd diagnosed me as schizophrenic.I was almost ready to give up.Then I met a woman that was very similar to me, who happened to be a therapist.She began seeing me and soon diagnosed me as a multiple.She gave me this book and I read it in 1 night.I went back to her asking for more.This book helped me extremely.It gave me a reassurance that I was not the only one with MPD.I was able to relate to the problems with denial.I was shocked to read the vivid accounts of the abuse.I enjoyed the way that he tied everything together, cause, diagnosis, and treatment.This was exactly what I needed. Major thanks to West for having the strength and courage to write this amazing book.

Review by Alexis
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It is really an amazing book. It is unbelievably convincing.

Review by Anonymous
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A friend of mine gave me this book and told me,"you really have to read this." I had no intention of actually reading it. When I finally picked it up, I couldn’t put it down. I was amazed. West describes with great detail the painful abuse and the hard process of overcoming denial and recovering. It sparked an interest in psychology for me. I began reading all the books I could find on MPD. I have to say that it was the first I ever read and after 30+, it is still the best.

Review by Anonymous
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why i chose this book: I saw the author on the Oprah Winfrey show and he introduced his book that he wrote about himself. I thought it was very interesting, so I went out to purchase the book. I’m interested in pyschology, so I figured it would be interesting what goes on in the mind of multiple. Was I ever so surprised!

Review by Anonymous
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i can not begin to explain the inlightment i have gotten from this book. i only hope i have the strenghth to fight the people who call themselves Drs. who take offence to our problems.

Review by Anonymous
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As a friend of person diagnosed with DID, i was looking for more understanding of the disorder to help with supporting them.. This book i found was very helpful in that it gave me an insight to what actually does go on especially between alters when they are well and when they are not. I was able to take a step back from situations i would normally react on and see it from the point of view of that particular alter.

The book gave so much support and insight that Cameron West, and his young family, come across as courageous and strong individuals, especially going through the trials and tribulations that they endured in the first stages of life and throughout their lives. The section of the book that told of his trials with therapists and angry alters struck a cord in that, due to the complexity of the disorder, it became so hard for him to receive the help and support, which is so typical of a lot of situation today, that Cameron and his family required.

I give the book a 10 out of 10 for giving an insight into this complex and sometimes debilitating illness which can inflict upon oneself and the individuals involved.

Review by Candice
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AWESOME BOOK! I definitely recommend this. I’ve read it over and over again!

Review by Deafmom
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I heard Robin Williams has bought the rights to the book. It was recommended to my wife and I by someone at the hospital section that deals specifically with DID. My wife said that it describes what happens during the transitions as very accurate. I am much better prepared deal with the parts when they come out. At least I have some idea of what not to do.

Review by Edward Mistarka
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I LOVED this book!! It was so amazing!! I recommend this book for any and everyone!!

Review by Jenny
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I read the book several years ago. It was the first info I had found that documented a MALE experience with DID. As the spouse of someone that I believe to be experiencing the same thing, it was very helpful. I see my husband going through many of the same things, and it makes me aware of what the future may hold, to a greater or lesser degree. My husband refuses to see a professional, so anything that helps me to cope is welcome. I highly recommend this book because it shows that these things don’t just happen to women.

Review by Jenny
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Only read so much into the book the first time, and could not believe how much it related to some of my experiences. I defiantely was not ready to take this step into accepting that my recent diagnosing of DID could be so closely related.

It took at least another eight to twelve months before I had the courage to read the novel again. It clearly pointed out some of the complications one can experience being DID. It had become clear to me that co-operation between the alters is vital, to have a more full-filling life together. Although I am not ready to take this step just yet, but I could relate through personal experience, how vital this step will be in my future. That is when I am ready to accept that I have DID.

Review by Jessica
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I can not remember when and where I purchased Cameron Wests book First Person Plural:my life as a multiple. I read it in one siting,it brought back quite a lot of repressed memories for us. I(we) have felt nothing but compassion for him(them) because it is very hard to go through life for 40+ decades, re:us, with societys synopsis of a devastating disorder. Camerons book has helped us to understand that we are not alone and that we have survived & will continue to survive. He has opened a whole new world for us. We love ourselves and our life,being so many,we are blessed and so is he. Am loking forward to more books from him. We highly recommend this book.

Review by just call me many
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I read a great book called "First Person Plural:My Life as a Multiple" by Cameron West, PhD. It’s an autobiography of a man with 25+ personalities caused by incestual sexual abuse. His story starts from his discovery and hardships with the disorder and he relates how he overcomes his denial and faces his strange and frightening reality of being a multiple. He goes on to study psychology intensely and get a phD. This is one of the most gripping, intense, and interesting books I’ve ever read and I reccommend it highly.

Review by Kelly
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I read this book several years ago and it helped validate my experiences with DID tremendously. I also asked my husband to read it and after he did he was pretty awed. Until he read the book he had no clue what I was going through. It helped make sense of things for him.

It also helped me realize that there was life after all the abuse I suffered. I would recommend it to SO’s and multiples who are comfortable with their diagnoses and are stable in treatment. It can be very triggering so I would caution people who are not in a good space against reading it.

Review by Saharagirl
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I was a psychology major in college and was fascinated with abnormal psychology. While enrolled in my abnormal psych class I picked up this book, First Person Plural, at a local shop. I couldn't put the book down. While I had read many books on the subject of Dissociative Identity Disorder, I had never read a first person accounting of their experience with the disorder. Dr. West offers something that many other books on the subject do not. It was a fascinating read.

Review by Shannon Kish
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I do not remember buying this book; it was just there on the shelf...on OUR shelve. So we picked it up and read it the rest of the nite. Kudos for the very brave people who help put it together. Cameron explains many things that we can relate to: We too can write a 84 page essay on the differences of DID; DDNOS: BPD and not know what day of the week it is.

Only thing we wondered about (alot) was where he got his money. Costs too much money to get many DID’s into tx programs they desperately need. Cost money to go to school...AND it cost money to move across the US; especially to that area. (We uses to live in that area and its expensive). So the book is great; lets raise some money for DID ppl who need inpatient tx.

We look forward to your novel, Cameron. Thanks for writing a very enlighting look into the world of many.

Review by Zenith for the rest
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