- By Olga Trujillo

The Sum of My Parts: A Survivor's Story of Dissociative Identity Disorder

  • Title: The Sum of My Parts: A Survivor's Story of Dissociative Identity Disorder
  • Author: Olga Trujillo
  • ISBN: 9781572249912
  • Page: 131
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Sum of My Parts A Survivor s Story of Dissociative Identity Disorder By the first day of kindergarten Olga Trujillo had already survived years of abuse and violent rape at the hands of her tyrannical father Over the next ten years she would develop the ability to num

    By the first day of kindergarten, Olga Trujillo had already survived years of abuse and violent rape at the hands of her tyrannical father Over the next ten years, she would develop the ability to numb herself to the constant abuse by splitting into distinct mental parts Dissociative identity disorder DID had begun to take hold, protecting Olga s mind from the tragicBy the first day of kindergarten, Olga Trujillo had already survived years of abuse and violent rape at the hands of her tyrannical father Over the next ten years, she would develop the ability to numb herself to the constant abuse by splitting into distinct mental parts Dissociative identity disorder DID had begun to take hold, protecting Olga s mind from the tragic realities of her childhood.In The Sum of My Parts, Olga reveals her life story for the first time, chronicling her heroic journey from survivor to advocate and her remarkable recovery from DID Formerly known as multiple personality disorder, DID is defined by the presence of two or identities In this riveting story, Olga struggles to unearth memories from her childhood, and parallel identities Olga at five years old, Olga at thirteen come forth and demand to be healed This brave, unforgettable memoir charts the author s triumph over the most devastating conditions and will inspire anyone whose life has been affected by trauma.

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    1. "The Sum of My Parts" is the courageous account of Olga Trujillo's experiences with Dissociative Identity Disorder and the understanding of how her experiences led to its development. In the book, she tells her story of how she endured a sexually abusive, neglectful childhood, and created distinct dissociative identities as a coping mechanism to shield herself from the physical and mental pain she endured. In the course of her life, she learned of the existence of these identities, and in addres [...]

    2. So good!! Olga is amazing for having suffered so much, endured a TOUGH healing process, and now sharing her story with world, in hopes of helping other people who have experienced sexual assault, child abuse, and domestic violence. The way she talks about her therapy and growth is so inspiring. I feel like I can be a better clinician after having read her book and seeing how her therapist guided her towards healing.

    3. "By the first day of kindergarten, Olga Trujillo had already survived years of abuse and violent rape at the hands of her tyrannical father. Over the next ten years, she would develop the ability to numb herself to the constant abuse by splitting into distinct mental “parts.” Dissociative identity disorder (DID) had begun to take hold, protecting Olga’s mind from the tragic realities of her childhood.In The Sum of My Parts, Olga reveals her life story for the first time, chronicling her he [...]

    4. I'm in awe and great support of anyone who can emerge a stronger and better person for having endured such horrific acts of abuse and neglect (emotional, in this case). I found myself equally disgusted and intrigued with Olga Trujillo's horrific story times I just wanted to stop reading, and in other instances I wanted to forge ahead to learn how the story ended, what became of her tormentors. So, regarding my ratingree stars is "I liked it,' but certainly is not "amazing." I think that's fair g [...]

    5. This uniquely beautiful story is giving me a lot of perspective into my own work and research and the experiences of people I care about. I started and finished it quickly today, and although I had anticipated it being a very painful read, I feel relatively unscathed. I think this is due to Olga's emphasis on joy and kindness and love in her recounting of violence and survival.My great concern in recommending it is whether such healing is available to victim/survivor readers who are unable to af [...]

    6. May be triggering for graphic rape and domestic violence. I had to stop reading a few times because it was so brutald it was all true.An incredible story of survival and resilience in the face of truly unspeakable abuse perpetrated by the author's own immediate family.The brain is an awesome thing, what it can help us survive is just incredibleRecommended for: anyone who works with survivors of trauma, especially childhood sexual abuse.

    7. CompellingI sobbed through the first half of the book. It was a terrifying yet beautifully written story. Thank you for sharing, Olga.

    8. In the beginning this was a very difficult book to read. This is the kind of abuse that we know happens but we wish didn't. The first 1/3 of the book was more of a horror story. She details all the physical and sexual abuse she suffered under the hands of her father then her two brothers. I do want to mention that the detail is not graphic. She does talk about the blood and the rapes but not in a real graphic way. This started out really very sad and horrific. And I found myself saying over and [...]

    9. Story Description:By the first day of kindergarten, Olga Trujillo had already survived years of abuse and violent rape at the hands of her tyrannical father. Over the next ten years, she would develop the ability to numb herself to the constant abuse by splitting into distinct mental “parts.” Dissociative identity disorder (DID) had begun to take hold, protecting Olga’s mind from the tragic realities of her childhood.In The Sum of My Parts, Olga reveals her life story for the first time, c [...]

    10. Olga was a young, successful lawyer in DC when she suddenly started having inexplicable panic attacks and episodes of blank stares or rapidly moving eyes. She sees a psychiatrist and is diagnosed with a moderate case on DID. On the spectrum, she has multiple parts but not exclusive personalities and still has a central core. These parts have kept the memories of her extraordinarily violent, abusive childhood from her consciousness thereby allowing her to function, but just barely. In her memoir, [...]

    11. Name: The Sum of My Parts: A Survivor’s Story of Dissociative Identity Disorder Author: Olga Trujillo ISBN: 9781572249912 Genre: Biography/Memoir Publisher: New Harbinger Publications Publication/Expected Publication: October 1, 2011[TRIGGER WARNING: Spousal abuse, child abuse, sexual abuse, child prostitution]This is an amazing book by an amazing woman. The first half of the book details the author’s struggle to endure through a graphically abusive childhood. The second half addresses the a [...]

    12. I found this book after watching my teenage daughter unravel over the last 4 months. It's a must read for anyone with a loved one who suffers from this disorder. The beginning was brutal- you are taken through her horrific past abuse through her road to recovery.Our experience stems from my daughter, who was not just bullied, but tortured by a classmate who used to be a friend. She was hunted down and physically assaulted on a daily basis over the period of 2 years. Everything Olga describes I'v [...]

    13. Title: The Sum of My PartsSubTitle: A Survivor's Story of Dissociative Identity DisorderPublisher: New Harbinger PublicationsImprint: New Harbinger PublicationsPub Date: October 01, 2011ISBN: 9781572249912Format: PaperbackIn Olga Trujillo's memoir, she shares an horrific tale of child abuse, neglect, and her resulting mental illness. For the common reader, a non-mental health professional, this is a comprehensive, understandable, description of Dissociative Identity Disorder. For the men [...]

    14. This was a very difficult book to read. I have never known anyone that have been abused but I can imagine it must be devastating. The first six chapters telling the hell that Olga went through was horrible. Here and there, I had to skip a paragraph as it just seemed unbearable, even for an outsider. It is a miracle that Olga survived, physically as well as mentally. Her mind protected her, making different rooms where some of the bad could hidden. But this wonderful self preservation also caused [...]

    15. Full review on my blog: theaussiezombie/Told in a straight-forward, slightly detached manner, The Sum of My Parts is an emotional, intriguing and haunting read. Olga’s openness about the horrendous abuse she suffered as a child is admirable, and she has done her best to reach a medium of revealing enough of her story to make an impact on the reader, whilst respecting the feelings and potential reactions of other DID sufferers.The psychology and treatment of her condition make for fascinating, [...]

    16. Olga Trujillo focuses here on the tale of her childhood, a life of abuse of such nightmarish proportions, her young mind turned to dissociation to survive. This works stands strongly on the shelf with works from other survivors. Works like this must walk the delicate line between voyeuristic details of brutality, and veiling it to the point of having no impact. Olga's memoir here successfully falls between the two, not shying from the word rape, but also avoiding being graphic. It takes courage [...]

    17. "Ged realized that the shadow was his own dark side, not something separate from him. He knew what to do. He embraced it and it entered him, and in that moment he became whole."This book is Olga's story. It's one of immense childhood abuse, dissociative identity disorder (a coping mechanism of the mind formerly called multiple personality disorder), and her years of healing and reintegration. I read pages 1-60ish but my heart was hurting too much from the volume of sexual abuse she endured; I ha [...]

    18. I had the honor of hearing Olga Trujillo speak at a conference I attended as a volunteer Guardian ad Litem. I purchased the book following her presentation. Her story is heart breaking. Yet she presents her childhood and youth, despite all the tragic events, with glimpses of those who encouraged and empowered her to become the successful adult that she is today. Having worked in child and adolescent mental health as well as adult mental health, Olga's insight into DID is fascinating and clearly [...]

    19. Ms. Trujillo does a wonderful job telling her story of mental illness. She gives trigger warnings at the begging of her novel and writes in a way that is revealing, but not violently graphic. Her story is especially important, I believe, as she is a queer woman of color discussing her mental illness that stemmed from the abuse she survived as a child. Her writing is carefully chosen and moving, and it reminds us how simple acts of kindness and love can make all of the difference, especially to i [...]

    20. First off, I am stingy with my stars and rarely give 5. This book deserves it in every way. This book, about a woman with Dissociate Identity Disorder, is extremely well-written. She is able to articulate in a very personal way, the process of how this disorder comes about. Heavy heavy subject matter of repetetive childhood (sexual, emotional, physical) abuse. Be prepared to cry. I had to walk away from it a few times, but was always eager to come back. And there is a focus on holding onto the g [...]

    21. Olga R. Trujillo raconte une histoire horrible, la sienne, une enfance marquée par toutes sortes d'abus. Mais elle raconte aussi son processus de guérison d'une manière très lucide et qui permet de garder espoir. C'est très bien raconté, aussi. Très structuré. Elle arrive à nous faire sentir ce qu'elle a senti si bien qu'on s'identifie à elle et on s'attache. Un livre qui me restera sans aucun doute en mémoire très longtemps.

    22. Clear and conciseI liked this book very much. Like is a strange word since the subject matter is so painful. I feel I understand a lot more about DID having followed her through her terrible childhood and the way she dissociated to survive.She did an incredible job of describing the painful years of integration working with Dr. Sumner. How they accomplished that was fascinating.Children don't talk about dissociating because they don't know they're doing it.

    23. i was extremely impressed by trujillo's courage. it must have taken balls of steel to talk about her past and here she is, writing a book for the whole world to see. i struggled through parts, and cried quite a bit. i admire her honesty as well. she was very forthright about her issues and what her part was in the ending of her relationship with her husband. highly recommended, very fascinating.

    24. This horrific story was told in a very beautiful way. It did not jump around from past to present like a lot of similar books I have read. The story was told in a concise manner, but one that still gave a breadth of (barely tolerable) details. Olga is an exceptionally strong woman and I thank her for sharing her story.

    25. Very intense first 6 chapters that survivors should be aware of. She does suggest skipping such triggering material. Interesting book therapist gave me to feel less alone. Comforting to find it just not my brain that seperated but have envy for having and being able to afford such an intense therapy. Good basic to give friends and family who wonder what makes DID.

    26. This true story was emotionally difficult however extremely interesting and intriguing . The author was so brave, through all that she experienced and overcame. It is fascinating what the mind can do to protect and persevere during horrific experiences.

    27. Superb. I heard her speak a while back and couldn't wait for her book to come out. She's a great story-teller and the book is eye-opening and engaging. I would recommend her book to anyone who wants an insider perspective on abuse and DID.

    28. One of the most harrowing books I've ever read but also excellent. Seriously seriously disturbing but an excellent explication of how abuse can fundamentally change a person and how Ms. Trujillo survived and thrived while dealing with its effects.

    29. This is a heart wrenching story but also a story of a survivor with great strength. I found this book to be inspiring and educational. Olga does a stupendous job showing how trauma can really impact a person's life. I admired her bravery of facing her past and pushing herself to become "better".

    30. I had a close friend experiencing what Ms. Trujillo went through. As someone from the outside looking in trying to help, this book really helps put into perspective many of my experiences with her. If DID is something affecting your life personally or to someone you know, this is great read.

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