Sometimes, I get real on my website. I don't always feel up and optimistic, no one can. I'm sorry that I shock people with pieces like this but I am not an island unto myself nor am I some kind of superhero. Sometimes I feel so lonely I want to turn inside myself and never [...]
Discovering you have a severe mental health problem, such as dissociative identity disorder (DID), causes a lot of chaos in a person’s life. You feel betrayed by your own mind and often afraid of the parts of your psyche that make you who you are. However, the fear and chaos experienced when receiving the diagnosis [...]
This poem is dedicated to my long-lost friend, Stephen (Michael) Gross. He was funny, witty, and most of all, a great friend. I miss him very much. You will never be forgotten, Mike. Shirley
I have had some people ask me recently what at first might seem an odd question. However, I am convinced it is very important. What is friendship? Some may giggle to think that someone wouldn’t understand what a friendship is, but you won’t when you are done with this article. A Definition of Friendship [...]
Today I baring my soul.
Men who were sexually abused as children, a helpful publication.
Therapists listen and help, but what about THEIR mental health?
I am so sorry. I meant no harm, but that is what I have done.
Losing a therapist for any reason can feel like there has been a significant death in the family.
I of all people understand the deep hole of depression. I understand the feelings of being overwhelmed by one's thoughts, and the need to hide. I can also relate to feelings of wanting to self-destruct. These powerful emotions can make life miserable, and threaten our existence. My words to you today are simple. I care. [...]
Trigger Warning: The following article is full of references to abuse issues and mentions things that may be triggering to some. I do not and will not write specifics of abuse on my blog, but the emotions that even talking briefly about these issues can be upsetting. Before I begin this piece let me first [...]
This blog is not a political platform to put forward anyone's agenda. However, I cannot and will not remain silent when what our country stands for is being attacked. The purpose of the following article is not to insight fear, hatred, pride or any other emotion. Rather, it's purpose is to try and help people [...]
As a suicide survivor, I have a unique vantage point from which to speak on this this very difficult to discuss topic. Not only have I survived three suicide attempts myself, the first being when I was only seven years old, I have a very close family member who successfully completed hers. There are so [...]
Shirley J. Davis Tears are nature’s release valve for the human soul. When we cry, we take our frustrations, fears and grief and allow them to vent so that our minds can reset. If you grew up like I did, in an abusive and traumatic family situation, you may have been afraid to weep. As [...]
Shirley J. Davis Content Advisory: Post contains information about child neglect and strong emotions and the content may be triggering to some individuals. * * * * * * * After reading this article through again, I decided it desperately needed not only some editing but also a note of hope to my readers before [...]