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A Fractured Mind: My Life with Multiple Personality Disorder
Robert B. Oxnam

In the tradition of An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison comes the heartbreaking memoir of a prominent scholarís long journey to put the pieces of his fractured life together

Hyperion
October 2005
304 pages
ISBN: 1401302270
Hardcover
$23.95
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Non-Fiction Biography

In 1989, Robert B. Oxnam, the successful China scholar and president of the Asia Society, faced up to what he thought was his biggest personal challenge: alcoholism. But this dependency masked a problem far more serious: Multiple Personality Disorder.

At the peak of his professional career, after having led the Asia Society for nearly a decade, Oxnam was haunted by periodic blackouts and episodic rages. After his family and friends intervened, Oxnam received help from a psychiatrist, Dr. Jeffrey Smith, and entered a rehab center. It wasnít until 1990 during a session with Dr. Smith that the first of Oxnamís eleven alternate personalities -- an angry young boy named Tommy -- suddenly emerged. With Dr. Smithís help, Oxnam began the exhausting and fascinating process of uncovering his many personalities and the childhood trauma that caused his condition.

This is the powerful and moving story of one personís struggle with this terrifying illness. The book includes an epilogue by Dr. Smith in which he describes Robertís case, the treatment, and the nature of multiple personality disorder. Robertís courage in facing his situation and overcoming his painful past makes for a dramatic and inspiring book.

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