A Life in Pieces: The harrowing story of a woman with 17 by Richard K. Baer

By Richard K. Baer

In 1989 a girl named Karen confirmed up at writer and psychiatrist Richard Baer's perform, extraordinarily worried and at verge of collapse. She defined that her husband beat her, her mom stole from her; she used to be in great actual soreness and desired to die. inside a number of classes she additionally printed that her father and grandfather had raped and tortured her time and again over the process her early life, usually within the corporation of different neighbourhood males. She was once now married with young ones, yet usually couldn't account for stretches of mins, hours, occasionally even days.

As Karen's tale spread out over the subsequent months, Baer realised that he was once facing a serious case of a number of character ailment. even though it may take time and deep, hard-won belief earlier than any of Karen's alternated personalities awarded themselves in her psychiatrist's place of work, over the subsequent 5 years Baer could come across seventeen precise personalities, all of whom have been dwelling within Karen due to the fact she was once a tender baby, defensive her from an differently insufferable life.

In the culture of Oliver Saks and Irvin Yalom, Baer chronicles his 9 years of labor with Karen and all her particular personalities, his usually futile efforts to take advantage of the instruments of his alternate, and his patient's final invention of her personal healing. An unforgettable tale of unbelievable soreness and supreme restoration, A existence In items: How One Woman's character used to be Shattered via Years of Abuse is the 1st account of lifestyles with a number of character ailment written through the treating psychiatrist.

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