The Problem of Racing Thoughts

Everyone experiences them once in a while especially after a restless night without sleep or under high stress. Racing thoughts are when our minds won’t shut off and we wish it would shut up. But what if racing thoughts was a way of life, something you were forced to live with every day and night [...]

Forgiveness and Letting Go

Once again I apologize ahead of time for the third person writing but I wanted to share this with you as well as post it to Medium.com. Thanks for understanding. Shirley Forgiveness and Letting Go For many survivors, forgiveness is a difficult, if not impossible concept to grasp or to even acknowledge as being part [...]

No, They Will Never Win, I Won’t Let Them

**Trigger Warning: Although I do not find what I have written below to be triggering, some of you might. I’m expressing raw emotions in this piece and those can be frightening to some. Take care of yourself.** I feel this morning like sharing my soul with you once again. This time I’m going to discuss [...]

Books about Dissociative Identity Disorder, C-PTSD, and Mental Illness

I have published several books on DID and other disorders and I thought I'd take the time to advertise them here. My books are full of facts but contain no triggering information. I only wanted to write and publish books that make sense and help others living with dissociative identity disorder but not contain any [...]

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Co-Occurring Dissociative Identity Disorder  

It is believed that 1% of the population of the United States has dissociative identity disorder that is caused by repeated, severe childhood trauma. However, many who live with the diagnosis of DID have the double whammy of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). What obsessive-compulsive disorder and what are its symptoms, causes, and treatments? Plus, how are [...]

Thanksgiving Funny Page

                            From my heart to yours, Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!! Shirley J. Davis

Facing Thanksgiving and Christmas After Childhood Trauma

Every year people in the United States gather with their families to eat turkey or ham and enjoy each other’s company. However, for those who experienced childhood trauma growing up in a dysfunctional home, Thanksgiving and Christmas are torture as they relive the holidays of the past. This article will focus on why the holidays [...]

Co-Occurring Diagnoses that Sometimes Accompanies Dissociative Identity Disorder

Good day my DID family. Today's article is written in the third person because I wanted to publish this article on Medium.com as well, so please forgive the tone of it and how it sounds. It is a reporting piece but I thought you all would enjoy reading it. Shirley Co-Occurring Diagnoses that Sometimes Accompanies [...]

Videos About Different Aspects of DID

Good morning everyone. I wanted to reach out and share a video I recently made concerning losing time and DID. This isn't the only video I've made, I've made about four or five others, but it is the most recent. It is in no way professionally made and I don't cover many topics, but I [...]

Happy Birthday Gift of Voice! You’re three years old!

Gift of Voice, a group I’ve become involved in Illinois, is a wonderful group of people who are trying to raise awareness of the rights people living with a mental health condition is missing. In essence, they work hard to make the legislature of Illinois and anyone else who will listen that people who are [...]

Loving Yourself is Okay

Survivors of childhood trauma, especially those who have developed severe mental health conditions like dissociative identity disorder, borderline personality disorder, or major depressive disorder, sometimes hate themselves for who they are and where their lives have gone. To be clear, this is not something only relegated to survivors. If you took a survey on the [...]

In Honor of Our Military on Veteran’s Day

Thank you so much for your service and sacrifices to our military both present and past plus their families. I love and respect you. Shirley “The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated [this ground], far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember [...]

Who Am I If I’m Not a Traumatic, Dramatic Mess?

Author's Note: I apologize ahead of time for the tone of this piece. I had to write it in the third person so that I could post it elsewhere on the internet. Learning to live with a severe mental health condition known as dissociative identity disorder is something most of those who receive its diagnosis [...]

The Past is Gone, or Is It?

Living with severe mental health issues such as dissociative identity disorder can leave people floundering in their pasts. This happens because when dissociating, it is exceedingly difficult to tell which is the “now” and what is the past. However, if we are lucky, most people living with DID after working diligently with a therapist will [...]