“In Scared Selfless, Dr. Michelle Stevens takes readers on a remarkable journey. Her account of childhood trauma — told with candor and, yes, even wit — and how she found the strength and resilience to ultimately recover and triumph is an inspiration not just to other survivors, but to us all. The book is a guide for anybody seeking to overcome challenges and lead a richer and fuller life.”
According to studies, up to 40 percent of women and 13 percent of men were sexually abused in childhood and, in 90 percent of those cases, the victim knew the perpetrator. Yet the general public and the mental health profession still know very little about sexual abuse, why it occurs, and the psychological trauma it causes, leaving an overwhelming number of victims neglected and without hope for a successful and satisfying life.
A shocking, inspiring, and enlightening new memoir aims to change this: SCARED SELFLESS: My Journey from Abuse and Madness to Surviving and Thriving by Dr. Michelle Stevens, chronicles her improbable journey from horrendous child sexual abuse, loss, and mental illness to healing, recovery, and happiness.
As a child, Michelle Stevens was the victim of severe and repeated sexual abuse at the hands of her stepfather. He tortured her, used her as his sex slave, forced her to perform in child pornography and trafficked in a child sex ring. To cope with the trauma, Michelle unconsciously repressed the memories of what she had experienced and developed multiple personalities.
Years later, Michelle was diagnosed with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), more commonly known as Multiple Personality Disorder. DID is a complex psychological condition that is frequently misunderstood and still considered controversial. The disorder is caused by severe and repeated childhood trauma, usually physical, sexual, and/or emotional abuse. Though DID itself is rare, its underlying cause is not. Not until Michelle remembered and confronted the full extent of what had happened to her, was she able to find the path to recovery and ultimately triumph. She is now a successful psychotherapist, expert in trauma, and prominent advocate against child abuse, as well as a happily married wife and mother.
SCARED SELFLESS is an examination of the extraordinary—and inexplicable—feats of the mind in the face of unspeakable abuse and a remarkable story of triumph that offers help and hope for recovery.