Goodbye?

I have spent the better part of seven years writing this blog and attempting to raise awareness of dissociative identity disorder. I've met with moderate success, but it may be time to say goodbye. You see, I'm a human being first and right now I'm not well. I just found out I have a serious [...]

The Resentment When Healing from Dissociative Identity Disorder

I think most of us have felt the sting of resentment. In fact, I would venture to say every human being who has ever, is now, or will ever live will agree, we all have. However, when you are dealing with the horrific truths that come after diagnosis when you realize what happened to cause [...]

The Causes for and Treatments of Schizophrenia: The Latest Research

I realize this piece is not about dissociative identity disorder, but what I am about to share with you today is very important. I have been wanting to write this piece for a while now but had to find the time, and today is the day. While reading, please, remember I am not a mental health [...]

The Living Hell of Emotional Flashbacks

In our last article, we discussed the differences between post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and complex post-traumatic stress disorder (CPTSD). One of these dissimilarities involves the living hell of emotional flashbacks. In this piece, we shall examine the definition of emotional flashbacks and ways to manage them. Should you become overwhelmed during this piece, please stop [...]

Flashbacks; How I’ve Learned to Cope

I have posted the first article in a series that I’m writing for the CPTSD Foundation about flashbacks. Today I thought I’d tell you about my own experiences with these furrows back in time. Everyone Experiences Flashbacks Before I go into detail about my own experiences with flashbacks, let me reassure you that because you [...]

The Influence and Neuroscience Behind the Pain of Hypervigilance

Hypervigilance has been a painful part of my life since I was able to form an independent thought. If you have never experienced this phenomenon, then you do not understand how hypervigilance negatively affects the lives of those, like me, who know it intimately. In this piece, we shall discover together the definition of hypervigilance, [...]

The Danger of the Wave

I wrote and posted this a few years ago. I have updated it and taken out my formatting issues. I hope you don't mind my repeating my piece, The Danger of the Wave.  There have been a lot of high-profile people dying by suicide in the past year or so. Kurt Cobain, Chester Bennington, Kate [...]

The History of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and an Introduction to Emotional Flashbacks

Hardwired, our brains react viscerally to traumatic events, and then stores in our central nervous systems emotions where we feel endangered for similar future events. Emotional flashbacks, experienced by those living with complex post-traumatic stress disorder, are sudden and horrific, often prolonged, attacks from the past of highly traumatic events. These flashbacks are different than [...]

A Fun Page to Start Your Work Week

Whether you are employed or not, you will laugh at the funny stuff below. So, I dare you to frown as you read my funny page.                   Did you laugh? You are welcome! Shirley  

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Looking for Love in a Therapist’s Office

Many of my readers have lived through highly traumatic childhoods where love and affection were missing and in their stead was fear and abuse. So, when we entered our therapist’s office for the first time, we entered not as whole and confident adults, but rather as hurting children looking for what we did not receive [...]

I’m Offering Help Finding Research About Dissociative Identity Disorder and Other Mental Health Problems

If you have ever gone to the internet to search for information written by researchers about dissociative identity disorder, you'll find what I did. Thousands of papers written on different aspects of DID. To be sure, the page after page of research papers is fascinating, but most people do not want to take the time [...]

An Inconvenient Truth; the Nasty Treatment of Folks Living with the Diagnosis by Medical Professionals

Once again, my health has failed me. A week ago, I became ill with a virus my brother brought home. He got well in three days, I have sick for a week now. Whatever the virus was that began my recent problems, it morphed into a horrible case of bronchitis. I decided yesterday (Wednesday, May [...]

Discovering Your Abilities and Your Ideal Employment

Finding a job that you enjoy can be difficult if you live with a mental health condition like complex post-traumatic disorder. This is especially true when you need to drop out of the workforce to do good self-care. I understand because I have been on disability since 1995 and have only recently thought about returning [...]

Have Patience with Us, We are Experiencing Growing Pains

I’ve noticed my website has lost a ton of readers in these past few months. At first, I put it off to my being ill, but I think it is a symptom of, perhaps, something a little more.   I realize that to many who live in other countries, it looks like the population of [...]