Waterfall of Tears

Non-Fiction - Memoir
Kindle Edition
Reviewed on 09/10/2019
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Reviewed by Ankita Shukla for Readers' Favorite

Waterfall of Tears by Carol Keay is an insight into Dissociative Identity Disorder or Multiple Personality Disorder. She entered therapy to get rid of her weight issues; however, she was well aware that it was more than that. There were many voices in her head that needed to be heard. To say that her family was not normal would be the understatement of the century. By using visualization and light hypnosis, her therapist, Kay Miller, helped her deal with her childhood trauma of terrible sexual abuse. One by one, she not only met with her many personalities in therapy but also began healing each one of them. Her mind had created each one of these people to help her handle such extreme assaults. During her therapy, she discovered many battered, terrified, and broken kids of various ages in her head. All of them had one or several memories of the pain that they went through. By acknowledging their presence and then assuring them that they would no longer be hurt by anyone, Kay and Carol began bringing them to a safe place. They called this virtual safe place the Healing Place.

The writing is clear, concise, and very insightful. After reading Waterfall of Tears by Carol Keay, readers would definitely understand the severity of Dissociative Identity Disorder and perhaps develop more acceptance of people struggling with it. The impact of childhood trauma can change the world of a child, and it is clearly evident from the life of the author. Nevertheless, Waterfall of Tears also imparts hope. The author started her therapy in her forties, yet the effects were exceptional. This signifies that it's never too late to acknowledge and heal your past for a life of mindfulness. Waterfall of Tears is a beautiful attempt to help us all comprehend and empathize with people suffering from Dissociative Identity Disorder. Carol is an extraordinary woman who should have been given a chance at a normal childhood that so many of us take for granted. Reading her everyday struggle to act normally was heartbreaking. Her husband's unconditional love and support were undoubtedly her biggest strength. I am glad that they found each other.