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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

About the Author, and About the Book

About the Author

Ann M. Garvey, the author, was born in 1959 and raised in Minnesota. Ms. Garvey is a multiple with 20 personalities, 9 of which had developed before 4 years of age due to severe trauma including sexual abuse and the remaining 11 personalities had developed between 5 and 17 due to the continuation and unpredictability of physical and emotional abuse.

In 1977, Ms. Garvey went away to college, met her husband, married, and then moved to the Chicago area. On the exterior, Ms. Garvey appeared fine though sometimes she was considered “strange” by those who knew her.

In 1984, Ms. Garvey had begun treatment for bipolar disorder and depression. In 1990, she was reassessed by University of Illinois Psychiatry and diagnosed for DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder), Severe Depression, PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) with tendencies of anxiety and obsessiveness. Ms Garvey was often hospitalized though she continued treatment.

As a condition of her 1990 hospitalization, Ms. Garvey was forced to separate residence from her husband. She sustained maintenance of her children until a prolonged 1997 custody battle ended in her bankruptcy. At that time, she alone returned to school to complete her bachelor’s degree in psychology though living in a homeless shelter or government housing. Her ongoing treatment included ECT (Electroconvulsive Therapy) at Mayo Clinic in 1998.

Her last hospitalization was in 2003 which is the year she begins to journal. Ms. Garvey has been in a single though steady relationship for the last 16 years and she has three adult sons with the benefit of grandchildren. Ms. Garvey has worked as a professional in the field of adults with intellectual difficulties for the last 11 years. Other than writing and reading, Ms. Garvey and her sister have taken over their Grandmother’s role and love of quilting.

About the Book

Ann M. Garvey, the author, writes a daily non-traumatizing journal about her day to day world as someone with multiplicity (multiple personality disorder) or DID (dissociative identity disorder). She has 20 parts, though has stated one part has died and another is really the core. Initially, the parts were aged from 3 months to 17 years, but through gaining experience out in “real” time, they age from those ages to her current 45 years.

The story takes place between August, 2003 and August, 2004 as Ms. Garvey headed back to working full-time after a two-month hospitalization for depression and acting out suicide idealizations. Her father, step-mother and Godfather had died in separate events months from each other. Ms. Garvey takes to journalism/blogging in an imaginative AOL community as a means of keeping her minds occupied, to communicate with others, and to act as a reference point for her many selves. Ms. Garvey’s world is not about integration; it is about communication, trust and understanding.

For most practical purposes the reader listens to what appears as one self telling of her day to day struggles and accomplishments, but it is a collective endeavor of many parts which act together in holding a few central truths such as the value of work and household order. Ann has a steady relationship with “a special friend” and she’s the mother of three sons, Macadam 22, Tanner, 21, and Jacob 19, but her most prominent relationships are between her boss, Sr. Tess, an older nun in the cash poor field of social services, and her psychiatrist, the fabulous Dr. M.

Life isn’t always smooth, but runs effectively with effort. Ms. Garvey encourages you to join her in an ongoing journey of Ann’s Multiple World of Personality, Regular No Cream No Sugar.

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