Living with the Reality of Dissociative Identity Disorder


Edited by Deborah Briggs and Lady Xenia Bowlby
Publication date: 30 September 2014
Publisher: Karnac Books

Pages: 152

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.