Author Pam Franklin Speaks Out On Sibling Abuse, Mental Health, & Healing

Oct 30, 2015, 10:00 ET from Pam Franklin

CELEBRATION, Fla., Oct. 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- "It is the first day of summer, and this is what my days will be like for the next three months.  After all, who is going to believe a twelve-year-old girl put her six-year-old sister into an oven and tried to kill her?"

This is in the opening pages of a gripping tale, My Five Sisters, of how one girl, Angela, consumed by undiagnosed Dissociative Identity Disorder, makes life for her younger sister, Patra unbearable. It is a story of courage, perseverance, and survival. The true story dramatizes what happens when sibling abuse at the hands of someone with multiple personalities goes unchecked.

"Mental illness changed my loving sister into something that is hard for most people to understand," says Franklin, now 68.  "Her life was destroyed, and along with that, she tried to destroy mine.  Fortunately, I came out on the other side a better person, but I know that most people are not so fortunate.

"There is a very dark place these personalities live within someone else's body, and until you have experienced living within the realm of their mind and their world, it's hard to understand the horror of their existence."

Awareness of the disease is the only way to help people who may not even know they are suffering from the-illness.  It is Franklin's wish that after reading her book someone will recognize these traits in someone they love – and help them.

Her message is so important, as it speaks to the strong will to survive, to heal, and to protect others from having to go through what she endured. It is also important that parents, grandparents, teachers, and caregivers recognize the signs of sibling abuse, as opposed to dismissing misbehavior as mere sibling rivalry. It is also important to help those who suffer from Dissociative Identity Disorder and to support an increase in mental health care.

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