Five Survivors, a Hundred Lives is a book that will help us understand trauma and dissociation: that is, the way mistreatment in childhood can have an impact on one’s life and personality structure. The book brings a new level to a collective awareness that is being created. With this new awareness, trauma-related mental health problems can be met in an appropriate and healing way.
Psychopharmaceuticals largely dominate treatment practices in psychiatry. Therefore, it is beneficial to hear about the life events that lie behind psychological symptoms. Five brave people have decided to share their stories in these pages. This is extremely important, as it is hard to identify with descriptions of neurotransmitters in the brain.
Five Survivors, a Hundred Lives book offers the reader the possibility of identification and hope for a better future. At the same time, hopefully it will give an increasing number of new people the courage to tell their stories and move from shame to living life to the fullest.
trauma can be healed.
Five Survivors, A Hundred Lives was published at Berne, Switzerland in the international ESTD Trauma Conference November 2017.
218 pages, five stories, pictures and paintings. All written and made by the survivors.
Printed book will soon be available in Amazon world wide.
What is dissociation?
Etymologically, the word “trauma” means “damage” or “wound”. Even professionals often mix things up, and “trauma” is quite commonly used to refer to an experience or event in a person’s life. However, “trauma” should be used to refer specifically to the emotional damage an event has caused in a person. This becomes much simpler if, in looking for a definition, we return to Pierre Janet’s ideas.”Emotional trauma” refers to psychophysical damage manifested as a splitting of the personality.”
meet the authors
All of the five writers are trauma survivors who all share the experience of living with dissociative disorder.
psychiatrist, therapist, author, trauma survivor
a mother, designer, documentarist, author, trauma survivor
language teacher, author, trauma survivor
a mother, entrepreneur, graphic designer, artist, trauma survivor
English translation from Finnish by KAIJA ANTTONEN
Proofreading by MICHAEL HURD
Watch the video
This video was first presented in ESTD – Trauma and Dissociation conference in Bern, Switzerland, in 11.11.2017 as a part of our presentation and Five Survivors, a Hundred Lives – book publishing event.
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