Looking in the Mirror Out by Nora Nita Bates

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“Of course, angels are real!” Maverick giggled to Nora over twenty years ago. She played with the baby, danced with Kat, and was very patient with Rant as she/he cursed in a fury within Nora’s psyche. Twenty years ago, these “parts’” presences were known but didn’t reveal themselves to the outer world of psychiatry or fully to Nora because they were misinterpreted as symptoms of schizo-affective disorder, depression, bipolar disorder, delusions, hallucinations, and psychosis. So they went back in Nora’s mind and waited patiently…to be heard. Patience ended in 2010 when Rant exploded and took hold of the steering wheel, literally. “Looking in the Mirror Out” is Nora’s experience as her “parts” reveal themselves, uncensored, raw, and exhaustedly, as she and they get to know each other and work together in Nora’s inner and outer worlds. Their experiences are unique, yet, encompass surprisingly common themes with anyone living in today’s world.

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Nora Nita Bates has been swimming in the mental health system for more than twenty years. In 2010, she tossed the psychiatric labels put on her and diagnosed herself as having Dissociative Identity Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified for lack of any other label that described her experiences. Nora brings a unique voice to the mental health book world because she writes of the unfolding of her “personalities” as they happen; she discovers her inner world much like that of the reader, day by day, page by page. Nora graduated from University of Wisconsin-Stout with a Masters in Counseling with a focus on Mental Health and worked several years for a nonprofit, consumer run organization for individuals with mental health concerns. Today, Nora spends her time creating through writing, drawing, knitting, and whatever the parts want to try. Nora works part time for disabled individuals in their homes.
Published March 26, 2012 by AuthorHouse. 169 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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Bates collectively refers to her personalities as “The Long Black Train.” The train includes: Maverick, alternating between 1 and 5 years old, who is tasked with keeping “Nora” alive;

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