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Breaking Free

My Life with Dissociative Identity Disorder
Narrated by: Andre Teamer
Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
4 out of 5 stars (38 ratings)

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In Breaking Free, Herschel tells his story - from the joys and hardships of childhood to his explosive impact on college football to his remarkable professional career. And he gives voice and hope to those suffering from DID.

Herschel shows how this disorder played an integral role in his accomplishments and how he has learned to live with it today. His compelling account testifies to the strength of the human spirit and its ability to overcome any challenge.

©2008 Herschel Walker (P)2008 Oasis Audio

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For Sports Fans Only

Not what I expected from a book purportedly about life with DID, this memoir provided tons of detail about how to become a great athlete after being an overweight child who suffered the taunts and physical attacks of schoolmates in the rural South. Disappointingly sparing were any details about Mr. Walker's actual experiences with dissociation and the consequences of it. Perhaps this was the author's Intent -- to write a book about devotion to physical fitness and Christianity -- but it leaves readers almost clueless about what it is like to live as a person diagnosed with the largely misunderstood condition of dissociative identity disorder. On the other hand, if you're looking/listening for a motivational story with this author's biases, you will likely enjoy the book.

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unpleasant surprise

did not realize he was a man of "faith" which is fine BUT I didn't think he would talking about it the entire book. I do not know sports that much but was looking for a book to better understand D.I.D....unfortunetly I got more of a have faith and God is still good. only made it halfway through chapter 5 before I decided to give up on the book having insite for ppl who aren't "faith" minded. But if you are a Christian this book sounds very encouraging I'm sure.

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Unfortunately boring

Mr. Walker narrates it himself and is very well spoken. His story is very boring. I heard nothing traumatic enough to typically cause DID.

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Great Book to See How DID Affects Someone's Life

It is a great book for anyone that may have just been diagnosed, or may know someone who is living with DID, to see how people can not only live with this disorder but perform life at the highest level when it is controlled.

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I appreciate this book

I found this book very insightful and inspirational. Thank you for sharing your story. It is wonderful to see your perspective as one who has had to deal with DID from the perspective of a fellow human being and Christian. I gained valuable insights I hope will help me overcome my own personal challenges in my life. Perhaps more valuable, I will hopefully see and treat people who suffer from the myriad of mental and other illnesses with greater love, patience, and compassion.