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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,488 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard Baer, Lloyd James Narrator: Lloyd James Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Switching Time is the first story centering on multiple personality disorder to be told by the treating physician. It is the incredible saga of a young woman stranded in unimaginable darkness who, in order to survive, created seventeen different versions of herself.

In 1989, Karen Overhill walked into the office of psychiatrist Richard Baer complaining of depression. She poured out a litany of complaints, but in the disengaged way of someone who has experienced a terrible trauma. Slowly, Baer began to peel back the layers, eventually learning that Karen had been the victim of childhood sexual abuse. As time passed, though, his patient worsened and began to talk continually of suicide. Details of her abuse accumulated until he saw, via hypnosis, the true dimension of what Karen had suffered.

Baer was at a loss to explain Karen’s sanity, precarious though it was, until he received a letter from a little girl, Claire. One by one, Karen’s “alters” began showing themselves—men, women, young boys, a toddler, black, white, vicious, nurturing, prim, licentious. And their “stepping out” confronted Baer with the challenge of a lifetime. Somehow, to save Karen, he would have to gain the trust of her alters in order to destroy them.

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  • “Lloyd James delivers a powerful, honest, and compassionate reading…that showcases his inherent performance ability…A poignant experience for the listeners.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Lloyd James’s narration is mesmerizing…Fascinating listening.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Janice | 2/15/2014

    " This was like Sybil but from the doctor's point of view - interesting! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Adam O'malley | 2/12/2014

    " This book is hands down one of the most fascinating books I have read. A true account of a woman living with DID as a result of a horrifying childhood. The author honored the patient and her story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Krystle | 1/31/2014

    " I liked this a lot more than Sybil. Different point of view but I felt more engaged with the story and like that it was from the doctor's point of view. I would recommend this far over Sybil. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Carrie | 1/23/2014

    " Really well told and enjoyable. Amazing what the psychologist and the patient lived through. "

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About the Author

Richard Baer is the medical director of Medicare in the states of Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio. Before that, he spent fourteen years in private practice, where he treated a wide variety of general psychiatric and addictive disorders, and he has served as president of the Illinois Psychiatric Society. He is also a distinguished fellow of the American Medical Association.