The Freedom Sculpture and I

On June 18, 2001, a bronze sculpture created by Zenos Frudakis was dedicated in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The 7,000-pound work fills a twenty-foot length of 16th and Vine street and has given hope and inspiration to millions. The sculpture is titled "Freedom", but it is most commonly called “The Freedom Sculpture” as it shows four stages [...]

Memory, the Door to Yesterday

Remembering yesterday comes easily for most adults. They can recall events and details about where they were and whom they met with relative ease, even after several days have passed. It is not so with people like me who live with the amnesia that accompanies dissociative identity disorder. All my life I’ve been painfully aware [...]

Regaining Power from Triggers

Anyone who has ever had a flashback or a dissociative episode knows what triggers are and how they can affect lives. This article will examine triggers in-depth to help you understand their definition, what causes them, and how to overcome them. What are Triggers? Triggers are a normal part of being human, but not all [...]

The Disparities of Mental Health Care in Urban Areas of the United States

Receiving appropriate mental health care is crucial to healing. However, an enormous number of American citizens cannot and do not receive the care they need because there simply are no providers in their region to turn to in times of crisis. In this piece, we shall examine the statistics and costs both monetary and personal [...]

Emotions

I attended an online book club with others who live with DID last night and the discussion was on emotions. Yuck. Emotions are something we all have because we are human beings and complex creatures. I decided to put together a group of gifs that symbolize to me my different types of emotions. RAGE   [...]

The Many Physical Effects Leftover from Severe Childhood Abuse

I’ve discussed lately some of the emotional effects child abuse and neglect cause adult survivors, but what about our bodies? Now I’m going to answer the question how does childhood trauma impact us physically as adults? First, we’ll explore the long-term physical problems brought on by the harm perpetrated against our bodies, then I’m going [...]

Living with Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Dissociative Identity Disorder

As if living with dissociative identity disorder weren’t enough, many survivors, including myself, also live in the hades of generalized or some other type of anxiety disorder. In this piece, I’m not just going to tell you about surviving despite generalized anxiety disorder, but also a little about how it is negatively affecting my life. [...]

Do You Have Unrealistic Beliefs About Therapists and Psychotherapy?

In my experience, one of the greatest obstructions to healing is having unrealistic and unfair expectations of what a therapist does and what one can get from psychotherapy. These unreal beliefs lead to frustration, anger, and not following through with treatment. In this piece, we shall take a long and hard look at these beliefs, [...]

Brain Inflammation and Its Connection to Severe Mental Illness

In the last article, we began discussing how brain inflammation is indicated in the formation of severe mental illnesses. Today we are going to explore two major mental illnesses, major depression, and schizophrenia, and how brain inflammation has become implicated in their formation. What is Inflammation? Inflammation is one of the body’s defense responses to [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]