I want to first express my skepticism toward DID but this captivating, and at some times horrific account, by the author helps me sympathize. I use the word sympathize rather than empathize because I think that cannot truly comprehend what he is experiencing. I think that only a person who has DID could sincerely understand and feel the author’s anguish and struggles. By that said before reading this book I had doubts about the specifics of DID. I had seen movies about DID and episodes on television that had a person with DID, so I was vaguely aware of the symptoms. By doing more research on it, I thought more to myself about the reality of the situation with DID. Being a person without DID I could not imagine a different person experiencing his or her own thoughts in ...
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... a strong woman and partner for Robert she at times is hurt by the statements made by Robert’s other personalities.
After reading this book I think I have a better understanding of what a person with DID goes through. I cannot fully comprehend the frustration or the abuse but I now think that the symptoms are real. Before reading this book I had some skepticism about the symptoms and diagnosis and whether they were valid or not. Through the harrowing personal narrative that Robert B. Oxnam tells I know think that a person would not make up these symptoms. However, I am still skeptical about the diagnosis. I still cannot tell if the personalities are more of a psychosis or if one mind is fragmented into multiple minds. I think that in either case it is important to know that Robert sought treatment and people with DID can live happy, productive, and fulfilled lives.
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