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 [...]

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 [...]

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 Tragedy of Living as a Forever Victim

I’ve been noticing a trend among those living with the diagnosis of dissociative identity disorder that is so self-defeating it begged written about here. I normally get in trouble writing things like this in the DID community, but the truth is the truth and I will not ignore that. Living as a forever victim is [...]

Dissociative Identity Disorder An Explanation in Laymen’s Terms

There are many psychological disorders which, if you are not in the know, may seem obscure or strange. Dissociative identity disorder (DID) is one such condition. The public view of DID has been shaped by what they see in the movies and popular television programming. Many folks, upon hearing the many myths about the disorder, [...]

Identifying as a Person Rather Than a Victim

All of us have been there, we realize someone has hurt us and we feel victimized. But what happens when being a victim becomes more important than who we are a person? Is living life in victim mode healthy for us? Or is it a horrid trap? That’s what I’m going to discuss here today, [...]