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I Know You Really Love Me A Psychiatrist's Account of Stalking and Obsessive Love

Orion, Doreen

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ISBN 10: 044022599X / ISBN 13: 9780440225997
Published by Dell, Ac1, 1998
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Title: I Know You Really Love Me A Psychiatrist's ...

Publisher: Dell, Ac1

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:As New

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Locked in a ward of an Arizona psychiatric hospital, the patient called Fran looked harmless, even ordinary.  Meeting her, psychiatrist Doreen Orion had no warning that Fran suffered from erotomania, the bizarre mental disorder that causes stalkers to believe their victims are in love with them--and no inkling that she would be the next target of Fran's twisted, dangerous mind.

Now Dr. Orion reveals how she has been spied upon, accosted, and hunted for eight years, living in fear of her life and the lives of those closest to her.  Changing her address and job, getting restraining orders and having Fran arrested, have all failed to end Fran's obsessive behavior, which continues to this day.  

Recounting the ordeals of Madonna, David Letterman, and scores of others who have been terrorized by stalkers, Dr.  Orion alerts potential victims to this increasingly deadly disorder--and tells what society must do to       protect us all from those who would kill for love.

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In September 1989, Doreen Orion was just beginning her psychiatric practice when one of her female patients developed an erotomanic obsession with her. Over the next eight years, this patient skulked outside of Orion's house and at her workplace, leaving bizarre messages, watching her, and making her unwelcome presence known in virtually every aspect of her life. In I Know You Really Love Me, Orion recounts her legal and emotional struggles as she tried to take control of the situation.

As a psychiatrist, Orion has fascinating insights into the condition that causes some people to obsess inappropriately over others. She also describes compellingly the feelings of helplessness and fear that stalking causes its victims--but always with the compassion and understanding of someone who works with the mentally ill. Her unique perspective as both a victim and a professional makes I Know You Really Love Me not just a blow-by-blow account of a stalking, but a practical guide to understanding, avoiding, and discouraging stalkers. --Lisa Higgins

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