Switching Time

Switching Time

A Doctor's Harrowing Story of Treating A Woman With 17 Personalities

Book - 2007
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"One afternoon in 1989, Karen Overhill walks into psychiatrist Richard Baer's office complaining of vague physical pains and depression. Odder still, she reveals that she's suffering from a persistent memory problem. Routinely, she "loses" parts of her day, finding herself in places she doesn't remember going to or being told about conversations she doesn't remember having. Her problems are so pervasive that she often feels like an impersonator in her own life; she doesn't recognize the people who call themselves her friends, and she can't even remember being intimate with her own husband." "Baer recognizes that Karen is on the verge of suicide and, while using various medications to keep her alive, tries to discover the root cause of her strange complaints. It's the work of months, and then years, to gain Karen's trust and learn the true extent of the trauma buried in her past. What she eventually reveals is nearly beyond belief, a narrative of a childhood spent grappling with unimaginable horror. How has Karen survived with even a tenuous grasp on sanity?" "Then Baer receives an envelope in the mail. It's marked with Karen's return address but contains a letter from a little girl who writes that she's seven years old and lives inside of Karen. Soon Baer receives letters from others claiming to be parts of Karen. Under hypnosis, these alternate Karen personalities reveal themselves in shocking variety and with undeniable traits - both physical and psychological. One "alter" is a young boy filled with frightening aggression; another an adult male who considers himself Karen's protector; and a third a sassy flirt who says she emerges when Karen has sex. It's only by compartmentalizing her pain, guilt, and fear in this fashion - by "switching time" with alternate selves as the situation warrants - that Karen has been able to function since childhood." "Realizing that his patient represents an extreme case of multiple personality disorder, Baer faces the daunting task of creating a therapy that will make Karen whole again. Somehow, in fact, he must gain the trust of each of Karen's seventeen "alters" and convince them of the necessity of their own annihilation."--BOOK JACKET.
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, c2007.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780307382665
Characteristics: viii, 360 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.


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Jun 16, 2017

Psychiatrist, the author writes about treating Karen, a severely abused child and how he got to know each of the 17 different personalities.
The abuse was hard to read and felt like putting the book down. The personalities were interesting how as a reader you get to know each one.
Book was a bit long and was loosing interest 3/4 of the way through.

Jan 14, 2013

A really interesting look into the would of multiple personalities. Amazing to read how all the alters have their distinct personalities and how they interact with each-other and the main personality. Anyone who is fascinated with the inner workings of the human mind will enjoy this book. Dr. Baer really brings you into the world and makes you feel as if you know the patient and alters personally.

KnowledgeSeeker Oct 03, 2011

An absolutely harrowing read. I was repelled, and simultaneously drawn into, this fascinating and often horrific story. A thoroughly engrossing and thought-provoking book, but not for the faint of heart.


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