The Tragedy of The Lack of Mental Health Care in Rural America

If you are depressed or suicidal in rural America, you are in deep trouble. There are only a few mental health providers in your area and those few are less qualified and may not be helpful to you at all. With suicide on the rise among farmers and people living in rural communities, something must [...]

Sexual Orientation and Dissociative Identity Disorder; It’ Complicated

One of the most recognizable symptoms of dissociative identity disorder (DID) is the presence of alternates or as many call them, “others”. The alters in a dissociated system may have different tastes in clothing, foods, and friends. However, there is one taste often avoided when speaking of the differences between alters, sexual orientation. How Does [...]

Living Life Well Despite Knowing You Will Die

No one lives forever. This is an unalterable fact that all adults understand. However, how many times a day do you sit and think about how your life will end? Once, twice, never? Personally, I have begun to realize how fragile my existence is and how I should enjoy life to the fullest now instead [...]

What is the Purpose of My Life?

Thank you for this opportunity to showcase what I feel most passionate about, and how these deep emotional ties impact my writing. I know I have published some hard stuff lately and thought perhaps it was time for you to know more about what motivates me. Yes, the previous piece that talked about my deepest [...]

The Reasons I Live

What is the motivation For me to take my next breath? What? Is it because I feel safe? Or that I feel free and have hope? No. So why? Can I start my life over? Can I choose better parents? No. So Why? Will I have a loving relationship? Kids, a career, self-esteem? No. So [...]

Inflammation and the Brain Changes Observed in Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

In our previous article, we examined how neuroimaging is giving new insights into changes in the brain caused by trauma. Yes, trauma harms the human brain but how does that work? What could our bodies be doing that causes the types of damage outlined in this article? Today, we shall investigate what is causing the [...]

INTRODUCING A NEW BOOK ON DID!

Being one who doesn’t sit still for long, I would like to introduce to you a new book that I have worked hard on for over a year. It’s called  The Comprehensive Resource on Dissociative Identity Disorder Textbook I have jam-packed this book with every topic about dissociative identity disorder I could think of including [...]

Grieving Over the Childhood That Never Was

Discovering you have a severe mental health problem, such as dissociative identity disorder (DID), causes a lot of chaos in a person’s life. You feel betrayed by your own mind and often afraid of the parts of your psyche that make you who you are. However, the fear and chaos experienced when receiving the diagnosis [...]

The Importance of Crisis Intervention Training

NOTE: I wrote this piece when I was attending college at Eastern Illinois University. I believe it to be so important that I decided to post it again here. There are tons of videos online and in the news detailing how police officers have shot and killed someone who was experiencing a mental health crisis. [...]

The Eeyore Complex

Most are familiar with the character Eeyore, a friend of Christopher Robins in the Winnie the Pooh Tales. He is negative about everything. "Bad things always happen to me.” “Why me?" “My tail fell off again.” We all suffer sometimes from bouts of the Eeyore complex. I myself have been an Eeyore in my past, [...]

A Preview of The  Newest Research on Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

There have been some truly remarkable research papers written about complex post-traumatic stress disorder (CPTSD) in the past few decades. Some of the research focuses exclusively on CPTSD while others can apply to any mental health disorder. In this article, I’m going to break the ice in the series about complex post-traumatic stress disorder and [...]

Psychotherapy: What to Expect and How to Find Help

In this post, we shall examine the different types of psychotherapy and the therapeutic alliance. In this piece, we shall explore what to and not expect in psychotherapy how to find the help you need. Important Qualities of a Great Therapist Just as there are many different types of therapists with many varying qualifications, finding [...]

Independence Day Fun Page!

  What's red, white, blue and green? A seasick Uncle Sam.     The 4th of July is the day that Americans celebrate their freedom by sitting trapped in traffic jams for hours.     What's the difference between a duck and George Washington? One has a bill on their face and the other has [...]

The Importance of Accepting Life on Life’s Terms

Life isn’t fair or easy for anyone, I’ve established that as my main theme in life today. However, I spent many decades trying to force life to move faster, slower, bend or unbend to match my idea of perfection. Then the truth hit me like the proverbial ton of bricks, I need to accept life [...]

The Difficult Road to Intimacy: Living with Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Those of us living with dissociative identity disorder most certainly live under the thumb of complex post-traumatic disorder. This piece is about learning to have a relationship despite having a traumatic past. Living with complex post-traumatic stress disorder (CPTSD) is very challenging. If affects every aspect of the lives those who suffer under its symptoms. [...]