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All of Me: How I Learned to Live with the Many Personalities Sharing My Body

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Taking the reader through an extraordinary world where the very nature of reality is different, this personal narrative tells the story of one womans terrifying battle to understand her own mind. From the desperate struggle to win back the child she loves to the courage and commitment needed to make sense of her life, this account recalls Kim Noble's many years in and out of mental institutions and various diagnoses until finally being appropriately diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder (DID). Described as a creative way some minds cope with unbearable pain, DID causes Kim's body to play host to more than 20 different personalities—from a little boy who speaks only Latin and an elective mute to a gay man and an anorexic teenager. Sometimes funny and ultimately uplifting, this brave illumination of the links and intersections between memory, mental illness, and creativity offers a glimpse into the mind of someone with DID and helps readers understand the confusion, frustration, and everyday difficulties in living with this disorder.

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"'Kim Noble' is a British mother and artist, but she does not really exist; she has been replaced by 20 'alters,' or personalities created by dissociative identity disorder (DID, also known as multiple personality disorder). Before Noble turned three, sexual abuse fractured her mind irreparably. Patricia, the current dominant personality, writes this memoir. Patricia chronicles a childhood of lost time and confusion. After several suicide attempts, Noble spends years in treatment and institutions, beginning at age 14. Released in her 20s, Noble experiences normalcy (a job, her own apartment, a boyfriend) peppered with crises. Only in her 30s is she finally diagnosed with DID and slowly begins to understand her life. Discovering painting is transformative; her alters all have widely disparate styles, which quickly attract the attention of galleries and buyers. Most dramatically, Patricia learn that the little girl she has been caring for is actually her daughter, and she begins a difficult and ultimately successful custody battle. Readers share Noble's frustration; the sense of persecution that permeated her childhood, her constantly questioning the world she couldn't understand. Nonetheless, Noble paints a remarkable portrait of a fractured world slowly pieced together by a tenacious set of people. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Kim Noble is an artist whose work has been exhibited around the world. She appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show in October 2010 to discuss the disorder.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781613744703
Author:
Noble, Kim
Publisher:
Chicago Review Press
Subject:
Biography - General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20121031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.25 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "'Kim Noble' is a British mother and artist, but she does not really exist; she has been replaced by 20 'alters,' or personalities created by dissociative identity disorder (DID, also known as multiple personality disorder). Before Noble turned three, sexual abuse fractured her mind irreparably. Patricia, the current dominant personality, writes this memoir. Patricia chronicles a childhood of lost time and confusion. After several suicide attempts, Noble spends years in treatment and institutions, beginning at age 14. Released in her 20s, Noble experiences normalcy (a job, her own apartment, a boyfriend) peppered with crises. Only in her 30s is she finally diagnosed with DID and slowly begins to understand her life. Discovering painting is transformative; her alters all have widely disparate styles, which quickly attract the attention of galleries and buyers. Most dramatically, Patricia learn that the little girl she has been caring for is actually her daughter, and she begins a difficult and ultimately successful custody battle. Readers share Noble's frustration; the sense of persecution that permeated her childhood, her constantly questioning the world she couldn't understand. Nonetheless, Noble paints a remarkable portrait of a fractured world slowly pieced together by a tenacious set of people. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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