chapter  1
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The Lives and Psychotherapy of Three People With DID

I have enormous respect and admiration for the courage, endurance, and capacity to love that these individuals with dissociative identity disorder (DID) have, and I am grateful to them for their consent for me to use incidents from their lives as they reported them to me and from their treatment to illustrate what it is like for a person to have DID and what it is like for a therapist to work with a person who has DID. Although identifying information has been changed, these are not composites. Before I begin to tell of their stories, I want to remind the reader that life can be stranger than fiction. These are horrifying stories. I refer to work with three patients (Janice, Dennis, and Margaret) at various points throughout this book. The work with them is not the only discussion of case examples, but these individuals offer anchoring cases.