Sheri J. Storm believes that recovered-memory therapy led to her diagnosis of multiple personality disorder. In this memoir, she describes the role that art and writing played in her therapy. The accompanying image gallery depicts several examples of the artwork created by Storm while in therapy.
While in therapy, I was assigned homework that included art therapy and journaling. Two kinds of journaling were prescribed: “regular” journaling about my experiences, and “automatic writing” using my left hand (I normally write with my right hand). My psychiatrist explained that if I supplied my left hand with a writing utensil and relaxed, it would tap my subconscious—giving “people inside” permission to come out to release their own images, memories, feelings and messages.
This article was originally published with the title Brain Stains.