Book Review on Dissociative Identity Disorder In A Nutshell: A First-Hand Account

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I wish to thank Laura Marchildon for the wonderful book review she did on my book Dissociative Identity Disorder in a Nutshell: A First-Hand Account. I am grateful for her objectivity and truthfulness.

One thing Laura pointed out to me in our email  is that  the book she reviewed was very short. For this reason, I believe she gave me a four star rating on Amazon and other places where she posted her review. I am not at all upset by this because I am proud of that four star rating and grateful for it.

I will add here that the reason the book, indeed all my books, are so short is that I feel people who are living with this enigmatic disorder are desparate for answers, and not interested in wading through pages and pages of information. I well remember my own search for answers and information and the frustration I felt in finding either scholarly works that were long and hard to understand, or triggering books full of the details of what happened to the people who wrote them with facts interspersed between the gory details. So, when  I wrote my books I wrote in short sweet paragraphs and chapters to enable people, like myself, to learn as much as possible in a short amount of time.  I did not include any details of what happened to me, but rather I have focused on understanding what has happened to cause DID and how to achieve peace in our everyday lives.

Here is that marvelous review. Again, thank you Laura.

A first-hand look at Dissociative Identity Disorder from someone with lived experience and her road to mental wellness

By Laura Marchildon August 27, 2017

Although many books on Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) separately cover the topics of diagnostic tools, treatments, self-help, and memoirs, the author, Shirley J. Davis, provides not only her lived experiences with DID but her wide scope of knowledge on the topic.

Despite the book’s size, the content is very well laid out and concisely covers the topics of symptoms, causes, complex/post-traumatic stress disorder, (C/PTSD), and types of dissociation; this last I found immensely interesting.

In addition, Shirley goes over how trauma alters the physical brain itself and the differences between a “normal” brain versus one that has Dissociative Identity Disorder.

The author describes her experiences with taking the first steps towards her mental wellness beginning with the acceptance that she needed help, finding a good therapist she connected with, medications for DID symptoms, possible treatments, and shares her “10 stages of recovery”.

The section I found very fascinating was her first-hand wisdom on “Integration” as I was very uninformed on the topic of the systematic nature of the host and his/her alters.

Shirley J. Davis’ last chapter on “The Other Side of Therapy”, is inspirational for those who have DID and are doubting the healing process.

What I admire about the author’s messages in “Dissociative Identity in a Nutshell: A First-Hand Account”, is that Shirley has written this book from her perspective, living and thriving with DID, but advises the reader to form their own opinions through research from the numerous resources she has listed at the back of her book.

Here is also a link for a recent podcast that she shares her experiences with DID.

I recommend this book not only for those who have Dissociative Identity Disorder and their loved ones, but also for those who are interested in learning about this misunderstood mental illness.