When Alice was a teenager strange things started happening to her. Hours of her life disappeared. She heard voices shouting at her, telling her she was useless, a failure. In her dreams she watched a girl being sexually abused and awoke pleased that she wasn't that girl, curious who she was, and why these dreams haunted her. As she grew older the dreams grew more shocking, more detailed, more real.
Staring at herself in the mirror she'd catch her face changing like a rubber mask and would see someone else staring out from her eyes. Today I'm Alice describes the extraordinary journey of a teenager drowning the voices with alcohol, battling anorexia and OCD, to a young woman slowly losing control to 'the children' growing from voices in her head to full-blown personalities.
Alice suffered the despotic regimes of the psychiatric wards as she slipped further into mental illness until she was finally diagnosed with multiple personality disorder. When her 'alters' were revealed in therapy she discovered how each one had their own memories of abuse and a full picture of her childhood finally emerged. Moving, ultimately inspiring, this memoir written with Clifford Thurlow is a gripping account of a rare condition, and the remarkable story of a courageous woman's battle for sanity.
Alice Jamieson received a 1st class honours degree in Health and Community Studies while suffering from multiple personality disorder and was unable to complete her planned PhD.A marathon runner, breaking the 4 hour barrier; a regular traveller in the Middle East and a qualified gym instructor, she is planning to start a new PhD course at the University of Birmingham in the field of self-harm and dissociation.
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Clifford Thurlow has lived all over the world and has worked as a gem stone dealer, a foreign correspondent for The Observer in Athens and as one of the team translating works from Tibetan into English for the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, India, where he wrote his first book, Stories from Beyond the Clouds, an anthology of Tibetan folk stories.The winner of the London Arts Board New Millennium Prize for short fiction, he is best known as a ghostwriter, his most recent books being: Making A Killing, the inside story of a hired gun in Iraq, and Escape from Baghdad with Captain James Ashcroft; F...
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