Harnessing Fear to Win

Hi everyone. I apologize for not being here yesterday, but my uncle Arthur was acting up and I was in a lot of pain. Therefore, I took care of myself. I also wanted to explain why I had reposted the article Why Our Men Are Not Okay. I originally posted it on a weekday and [...]

I’m Deeply Saddened and Dismayed

I once believed like many others, that the United States was the Land of the Free. Now I am disheartened because my country has become the Land of the Fearful. Fascism is quickly becoming the religion of the U.S., and if it does not stop, if good people with good conscious do not end it, [...]

Just Like You, I’m Only Human

If you have been watching for and reading my blog recently I'm sure you have noticed I have been struggling. I've written posts that are full of real emotion and not holding back. I think this honest is crucial to help others who live with the effects of any kind of traumatic experience(s). You see, [...]

Still I Rise

Many who visit this site know the terror and humiliation that we who have been horribly traumatized as children feel then and now. When we were kids we had no power and were prisoners from birth. We did not know the peace that should be home, instead we tried desperately to be too small for [...]

Dry Wells

Being open to other people about the severe abuse I suffered as a child has been very challenging.  At first, I wore a sign on my forehead that said, “incest” and when I shook hands with someone I would announce, “Hi, my name is Shirley and I’m a survivor of severe childhood trauma.” I am [...]

Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Many of us who live with a diagnosis of dissociative identity disorder have faced the conundrum of trying to find adequate mental health care. In this article I’m going to discuss the hard choices people like myself must make to find any kind of care at all in our current national mental health system.   [...]

I Refuse to be Defined by Trauma

Just who is Shirley J. Davis?

I Refuse to be Undefined by Trauma

Just who is Shirley J. Davis?

Rising from the Flames: My Story

I have risen like a Phoenix from the flames that made me who I am. This is my personal story.

Male Victims of Child Sexual Abuse

Men who were sexually abused as children, a helpful publication.

Why Do I Write About Dissociative Identity Disorder and Trauma?

I write a blog about life and trauma, why?

Life is Fatal

Death is inevitable, so why not live?

Embarking on a New Adventure

Leaving the past in the past takes courage. Walking into the future does too.

Who Will Speak for the Children?

***Trigger Warning*** For a highly emotionally charged post.

Some Words of Wisdom from Me to Others Living with Dissociative Identity Disorder

Living with DID can be difficult, but there are ways to make it easier. I offer some pearls of wisdom to those who will listen.