Research on the Causes of Eating Disorders

In piece two of the series on eating disorders I wrote for the CTPSD Foundation, we have already explored how dopamine and serotonin play vital roles in influencing eating disorders. In this article, we’re going to take a closer examination of what happens in the brains of those who live with the life-threatening problem of [...]

The Health Consequences of Eating Disorders

This is part two in my five-part series on eating disorders I am writing for the CPTSD Foundation.  Eating disorders (EDs) are insidiously destroying some lives and greatly restricting others. However, eating in secret and feeling guilt are not the only consequences of having an eating disorder. There is a myriad of other health problems [...]

The Wisdom of Lao Tzu

I decided to write a short post using the wisdom of Lao Tzu. Lao Tzu was a Chinese philosopher who is thought to have lived in the 6th century BCE and founded the philosophy of Taoism. Lao Tzu also was the author of Tao-Te-Ching, a work exemplifying thought. There are those who believe that Lao [...]

Eating Disorders is A Hard Subject

I've noticed that there hasn't been much response to my piece about eating disorders. To be honest, EDs are a very tough subject to think about, let alone read. However, I've never been one for hiding my head in the sand so I decided (with the help of Athena Moberg from the CPTSD Foundation) to [...]

The Introduction to Eating Disorders

This piece is the first of five pieces I am writing for the CPTSD Foundation I'll be posting this month (February 2020) about eating disorders. The term eating disorders conjures in the minds of many pictures of boy crazy teenagers who want to slim down for a prom dress or something only women have. However, [...]

The Healing Effects on the Brain from Mindfulness, Prayer, and Meditation

Previous posts have focused on how mindfulness, prayer, and meditation can help complex trauma survivors climb from the pit of despair into the sunshine of healing. In this last piece, we shall examine the neuroscience behind mindfulness, prayer, and meditation plus tie up any loose ends. Changes in the Brain from Complex Trauma Childhood trauma [...]

The Physiology of Fear

Recently, I wrote a piece about maladaptive fear and someone asked me to explain the physiology of it. Although I am certainly not an expert, and no one fully understands the physiology of fear, I shall endeavor to do my best to explain it in detail. Please, forgive me if I get something wrong and [...]

Maladaptive Fear the Most Primitive Emotion

Fear is a necessary emotion that protects humans from harm by alerting us to danger and enabling us to respond through the fight/flight/freeze/fawn response. However, when fear becomes chronic it can disable people and cripple their lives. In this article, we shall examine fear, its source, and what can go terribly wrong when it is [...]

The Awesome Power of Meditation

When one thinks of meditation some will think of someone sitting cross-legged on the floor, with fingers in a funny position, repeating a simple word or sound such as “ommm”. However, meditation is much deeper and richer a practice than just the one practice encompassing many forms. This fourth article in the mindfulness, prayer, and [...]

Poetry from the Heart

Sometimes a poem is written that grabs at the heart and won't let go. Such is this poem that was written by a friend of mine, Jessica Baker. Jessica doesn't have dissociative identity disorder but she does have a related problem borderline personality disorder. Both come from traumatic histories and both involve similar damage to [...]

Contemplative Quotes

Anyone who reads my blog knows I like to end my pieces with quotes.  So, today I decided to throw together some of my favorite quotes and sayings for you today. As you read through them, don’t just scan through, and then do something else. Instead, contemplate on what each quote is saying and try [...]

The Mental Health Benefits of Prayer

Part Three in the Mindfulness, Prayer, and Meditation Series When the word prayer comes to mind one might conjure images of organized religious services. However, prayer is a much richer and more meaningful experience than only that experienced through contact with a church, synagogue, r mosque, or other places of worship. Indeed, there are many [...]

Acceptance Accelerates Healing

As I and many of my readers know, healing from dissociative identity disorder takes a long time. We struggle with so many issues that it takes time to wade through them even with an excellent therapist. God knows there are many things to accept in healing from a major mental health disorder. But perhaps the [...]

Mindfulness for Healing from Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Most of us who live with dissociative identity disorder also live with complex post-traumatic stress disorder so I felt this piece apt for this blog site. Mindfulness for Healing from Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder All human beings have a tendency to relive trauma even decades after it has ended. Those living with the effects of [...]

Who Speaks for the Children?

This piece concentrates on how much we as a society (and yes, we survivors too) concentrate so much on our own problems that we forget the weakest among us, the children. It is time to ask ourselves the hard questions and find the hard answers to the harm our children are experiencing every day that [...]