Trauma-Informed Care, Neuroplasticity and Mindfulness

The entire series in January will be focusing on how trauma-informed care can help adults overcome the effects of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). However, to understand the process of healing, we must first explore what happens to the brains of traumatized children, and how neuroplasticity and mindfulness aid us in healing. Childhood Trauma Who is [...]

Trauma-Informed Care

Many of you, like we who support in various ways the CPTSD Foundation, have survived one or more traumatic events. By traumatic events I offer the following definition I found on the Healthline website: “A traumatic event is an incident that causes physical, emotional, spiritual, or psychological harm. The person experiencing the distressing event may feel threatened, anxious, or frightened as [...]

Overcoming Shame to Live a New Life

In the past few posts, we have examined the different types of shame and the malignant effects it can have on our brains. In this piece, we are going to explore the different ways that we can overcome shame to become who were always meant to be before shame drove us into our self-imposed cages. [...]

The Neuroscience of Shame

In the previous post, we examined the different types of shame, but what happens in the brain to make shame benign or toxic? What parts of our brains are injured by chronically being shamed by our caregivers, and how does that change who we are? These are a few of the questions I will attempt [...]

Shame

Shame; the feeling that you have done something wrong that goes against your core values. Shame is a normal and natural human emotion that is not harmful. In our series for February, the CPTSD Foundation is offering a new group of articles where we explore together the different types of shame, and how they define [...]

Beware, I’m Not a Broken Little Girl Any Longer

Those of you who read the material I write on this website know two things about me. One, I am a very strong survivor who has been through hell, and two, I am going through hell right now. It's on days like this one that I ask myself, will I ever heal from the brokenness [...]

Just Keep Dancing

"We can't always choose the music life plays for us, but we can choose how we dance to it." ~ Author Unknown I've been very sick lately with seasonal affective disorder (SAD). I know, it commonly hurts people in the fall, but there a few of us who have it in both spring and fall. [...]

New Book: A Compilation of Research on the Topic of Dissociative Identity Disorder

Hi everybody. My cold has finally subsided and I'm feeling somewhat better. I don't know about you, but I sure get tired of things like a simple virus sending me into an emotional tailspin. Sigh. Anyhoo, I wanted to let you know about my two latest books. These works aren't like what I've done before, [...]

I’m Opening a Lemonade Stand

Hi everyone. I've been sick this past week AGAIN and haven't been capable of writing much. But when I saw this picture on Twitter, I had to use it and comment. All humanity lives in our own bubbles. We have opinions about others and we exist within the confines of how we define who we [...]

Intrusive Thoughts

Intrusive thoughts, what are they? Are they alters crying out for attention or creations of our brain because of cross-wiring? Intrusive thoughts are something all humans experience, but when coupled with a mental health condition, they can quickly become deadly. So, let’s examine together what these crappy things are, their causes and some possible ways [...]

Changing the World Today

I know most of you have seen this quote before but today I'm going to explain what this unknown author's words mean to me. As a child, I was helpless to stop or control what happened to me. The people who harmed me didn't care what they were doing to my future, and for a [...]

Advocacy is A Vital Force for Change

Good morning everyone. It is only 3:47 am as I'm writing this post. Sigh. Such is the life of someone with DID. Anyway, I wanted to shoot out this post to let you know what I'm up to. Man, am I busy! Illinois House Mental Health Committee I'm going today to the capital of Illinois, [...]

The Skewed Self-Image Trap

What do you think of when I say the term “self-image?” For those who are not living with the diagnosis of dissociative identity disorder, it means the way they look in the mirror or how they see themselves inside. However, for those of us living with the diagnosis of DID, things are quite different. For [...]

New YouTube Channel Just for You!

I have finally done it. I have begun a video series on YouTube about DID from my life experiences. I'll be posting either weekly or bi-weekly videos on YouTube about different  subjects including: Research on DID Diagnosing DID Misdiagnosing DID Coping Skills Learning to Communicate with Your Alters Pitfalls in Therapy Integration Challenges And much, [...]

We are Not Who Others Say We Are

This picture is from NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. They have a huge campaign going on to end the stigma against people, like me, who live with mental health challenges. When I saw it, I was immediately reminded of how we can build a bubble of self-esteem to ward off the negative things [...]