This book is the product of a Campaign Day organised by the Paracelsus Trust to raise awareness of Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID). The Campaign Day brought people together, enabling individuals to tell their story, and allowed all of those involved to recognise the progress that has been made in recognition of the condition, which has long been either ignored or misunderstood, and the possibilities for the future. As this was a profoundly moving experience, it was decided to put the presentations into a book, which recounts some painful personal experiences and some ideas for ways forward, always recognising the pain of the condition and the abuse that precedes it.The Paracelsus Trust is a Charity which exists to support people with DID who are in receipt of services from the Clinic for Dissociative Studies. The Trust has undertaken the work to bring this book to publication, and most of the authors are active in this or other supportive organisations.
Bringing people with experience together and then writing a book which will be available for many has demonstrated a coherent approach that can only be helpful, as the disintegration experienced by sufferers hinders collective working and it is hoped that this publication will encourage others to speak out, as well as facilitate more understanding in the wider community.
Lady Xenia Bowlby is the daughter-in-law of John Bowlby, whose research has given so much to our understanding of complex personalities. She supports her husband Richard in the continuation of the work and has been active in the development of the Paracelsus Trust. Deborah Briggs is Chairperson of the Paracelsus Trust. She has worked as a therapist for a decade and specialises in trauma and sexual abuse. Her training is integrative, including relational, sensorimotor and psychodynamic psychotherapy.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTSABOUT THE EDITORS AND CONTRIBUTORSFOREWORD by Xenia BowlbyCHAPTER ONE Introduction Pat FrankishCHAPTER TWO The art of Kim NobleKim NobleCHAPTER THREE Spiritual aspects of DID Nicky RobertsonCHAPTER FOUR Reading, writing, and reeling Oriel WinslowCHAPTER FIVE The role of friends in recovery Carolyn Bramhall and Deborah BriggsCHAPTER SIX Satanic Ritual Abuse (the painful truth) Paula BennettCHAPTER SEVEN Personal and societal denial Carolyn SpringCHAPTER EIGHT Living with DID Carol BroadCHAPTER NINE Back to normal? Surviving life with dissociation Rob SpringCHAPTER TEN Living well is the best revenge Sue BridgerCHAPTER ELEVEN Medical aspects of recognising complex dissociative disorders Ruth CuretonCHAPTER TWELVE How far have we come? Orit Badouk EpsteinINDEX
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