When Rabbit Howls: A First-Person Account of Multiple Personality, Memory, and Recovery (Paperback)
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A woman diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder reveals her harrowing journey from abuse to recovery in this #1 New York Times bestselling autobiography written by her own multiple personalities.
Successful, happily married Truddi Chase began therapy hoping to find the reasons behind her extreme anxiety, mood swings, and periodic blackouts. What emerged from her sessions was terrifying: Truddi’s mind and body were inhabited by the Troops—ninety-two individual voices that emerged to shield her from her traumatizing childhood.
For years the Troops created a world where she could hide from the pain of the ritualized sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of her own stepfather—abuse that began when she was only two years old. It was a past that Truddi didn’t even know existed, until she and her therapist took a journey to where the nightmare began...
Written by the Troops themselves, When Rabbit Howls is told by the very alter-egos who stayed with Truddi Chase, watched over her, and protected her. What they reveal is a spellbinding descent into a personal hell—and an ultimate, triumphant deliverance for the woman they became.
About the Author
Truddi Chase was the author of When Rabbit Howls, a personal account of her abusive upbringing and her struggle with dissociative identity disorder. She passed away in 2010.
Praise for When Rabbit Howls
“Startling...stunning...powerful.”—The San Francisco Chronicle
“Perhaps the most extraordinary victim of multiple personalities on record. A nightmarish story the reader cannot easily forget.”—The Chicago Tribune
“Horrifying, compelling...a shocking tale...extremely disturbing.”—Psychology Today
“A fascinating book...unusual and very emotionally touching.”—Dr. Cornelia Wilbur, the psychiatrist who treated Sybil
“An extraordinary story. [When Rabbit Howls] is the reconstruction, through therapy, of the lost life of a woman so...abused by her stepfather that her only defense down the years was to shatter into the Troops...no fewer than 92 different and autonomous personalities.”—The Guardian (London)
“Remarkable...alarmingly real and courageous.”—Toronto Sun
“Fascinating, provocative reading.”—Library Journal
“The first book authored by a multiple personality...When Rabbit Howls is a document that breaks the silence...a searing indictment of the crime of child sexual abuse...a truly moving and thought-provoking work...an uplifting, inspiring story of a survivor.”—Sojourner: The Women’s Forum