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 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 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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Working with a Mental Health Disorder and The Americans with Disabilities Act

On July 26, 1990, President George H. W. Bush signed into law the American with Disabilities Act (ADA). This law was a huge leap forward in helping the people of the United States facing mobility and other disabling conditions conquer many of the barriers we face in everyday life. What better way to celebrate Mental [...]

To Those Who Mourn on Mother’s Day

Many of us in the DID community live day to day with broken hearts. Betrayed by our mothers, we see the third Sunday in May as a day to mourn what we should have had as children but didn’t. So, today I’m going to write about Mother’s Day, beginning with the tragedy of the one [...]

The Help That Never Came

One of the downfalls of getting into the research about dissociative identity disorder is reading things that make you cry. I recently had this experience while reading a paper on how having a caring adult intervene when a child experiences abuse is it can mitigate them from forming a mental health disorder. This includes DID. [...]

End Child Abuse to Stop Many Mental Health Disorders From Forming

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My Take on Why Mental Health Awareness Month is Important

In my last piece, I got real with you about how I was feeling mentally. I was in crisis and had been for several weeks. The response I received was very interesting. Being a nerd, I found the lack of response, how people chose to ignore what I had said from the heart as fascinating. [...]

Finding A Career Despite Having a Disabling Mental Health Condition

There is no doubt that working has many benefits to those of us diagnosed with a mental health issue. Being among people and socializing rather than relegating ourselves to lying on the couch watching television is only one of them. In this piece, we are going to take a stroll down the path to employment [...]

Finding Self-Respect Whether You are Employed or Not

Humans acquire their self-worth from many sources. Beginning in childhood, our parents should be the first to show us both verbally and non-verbally that we are worthwhile and valuable. However, people living with the after-effects of childhood trauma and in the present with severe mental health disabilities did not have the reassurances. This lack of [...]