Crazy: Reclaiming Life from the Shadow of Traumatic Memory




Can Lyn reclaim her sanity in the midst of chaos and confusion?

A happy wife and mother who loved nothing more than taking care of her brood, Lyn Barrett was knocked off course by a family crisis that triggered her inner world to crumble. Her diagnosis of multiple personality disorder, now known as dissociative identity disorder, threatened her life as she knew it, her family, and her future. With the knowledge that DID is a coping strategy young children use to protect themselves from chronic trauma, Lyn embarked on a journey to discover her true self.

Lyn’s story is a life-changing gift for all the survivors of trauma and those who love them, and for anyone who wants to educate themselves on trauma-induced dissociation particularly as it manifests as DID. There are resources listed in the back of the book as well as a reading discussion guide for groups.


“Barrett’s prose style is precise and rich, and she excels at communicating her complex emotional states, keeping the reader grounded even when she describes the experience of switching between personalities.…” ~ Kirkus Review

“A wonderful story of overcoming adversity and reclaiming your life with fragmented traumatic memory.” ~ Jaime Pollock, Founder & Director of An Infinite Mind

“A life-changing book—for survivors, for those who love them, and for anyone who wants to educate themselves on trauma-induced dissociation, particularly its manifestation as DID.” ~ Linda Crockett, Director of Safe Communities and author of The Deepest Wound: How a Journey to El Salvador Led to Healing from Mother-Daughter Incest

“Crazy is a beautifully written, exceptionally honest story of hope and recovery, and a beacon of hope to those who still suffer from the effects of childhood sexual abuse and emotional wounding.” ~ Rev. Tilda Norberg, M.Div, Founder of Gestalt Pastoral Care and author of Consenting to Grace: An Introduction to Gestalt Pastoral Care

“Personal and provocative, this book will invite you to embark on a holy adventure of self-awareness, healing, and spiritual transformation.’ ~ Rev. Dr. Bruce Epperly, Process Theologian and author of Healing Marks: Healing and Spirituality in Mark’s Gospel 

The Author

Lyn Barrett is the author of Crazy: Reclaiming Life from the Shadow of Traumatic Memory, (publication date January 3, 2022), Koehler Books; and also DID Unpacked: A Parable available on Amazon.

Lyn is a speaker, retreat leader and survivor of early childhood trauma as well as a retired elementary school teacher, school principal and church pastor. At the age of 45, Lyn was diagnosed with multiple personality disorder, now known as dissociative identity disorder (DID). From happy wife and mother to a suicidal woman who felt the crazy fog of dissociation take over her life, she embarked on a journey to uncover the secrets that overwhelmed her. After suffering decades of inner chaos and deep pain, Lyn now lives a fulfilling and integrated life and considers herself a whole person again. Lyn is thankful for her wonderful therapist, friends and her own dogged determination to heal.

Lyn currently facilitates writers workshops and teaches a memoir class for dissociative writers, writes weekly blogs and a newsletter, and speaks on public radio, podcasts, and in other settings. She holds advanced degrees from Lehigh University and Lancaster Theological Seminary. She can be reached through her websites at and

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