- Series: Foundations of Modern Psychiatry
- Hardcover: 351 pages
- Publisher: The Guilford Press; 1 edition (February 3, 1989)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0898621771
- ISBN-13: 978-0898621778
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #768,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Contrary to other reviewers who have said the author is disrespectful of women or that he suggests all those suffering DID must be integrated, the author is humble about these issues. He states that more women than men may be diagnosed with DID because men suffering the disorder may more often find themselves encountering the criminal justice system instead of being treated in mental health settings. (I would add that more girls than boys are, unfortunately, sexually abused, which may help account for more women suffering such severe trauma that they develop DID.) He also suggests that full integration is not as valuable a goal as is helping clients achieve higher functioning and better communication across the personality system. He adds that therapy is considered only partially done once someone with DID has achieved apparent fusion and much work needs to be done in mourning and in accommodating oneself to the stresses of living in the world with a wider variety of coping mechanisms than dissociative ones alone.