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 [...]

Recognizing the Important Qualities and Red Flags of a Therapist

There are diverse types of Therapists out there with many varying qualifications. However, what are the qualities that allow for mental health professionals to make and maintain a good therapeutic alliance with their clients? In this piece, we shall explore together the good traits of a therapist and some red flags that show that they [...]

The Masks I Wear

When many people were children, wearing a mask on Halloween or to a masquerade party was fun. For an hour or two they could put on the face of someone else, giggle a lot about how they looked, and enjoy being someone else for a while. Then, after the party had ended, they would remove [...]

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, [...]

Sexual Orientation and Dissociative Identity Disorder; It’ Complicated

One of the most recognizable symptoms of dissociative identity disorder (DID) is the presence of alternates or as many call them, “others”. The alters in a dissociated system may have different tastes in clothing, foods, and friends. However, there is one taste often avoided when speaking of the differences between alters, sexual orientation. How Does [...]

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 [...]

The Importance of Crisis Intervention Training

NOTE: I wrote this piece when I was attending college at Eastern Illinois University. I believe it to be so important that I decided to post it again here. There are tons of videos online and in the news detailing how police officers have shot and killed someone who was experiencing a mental health crisis. [...]

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, [...]

The Resentment When Healing from Dissociative Identity Disorder

I think most of us have felt the sting of resentment. In fact, I would venture to say every human being who has ever, is now, or will ever live will agree, we all have. However, when you are dealing with the horrific truths that come after diagnosis when you realize what happened to cause [...]

The Living Hell of Emotional Flashbacks

In our last article, we discussed the differences between post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and complex post-traumatic stress disorder (CPTSD). One of these dissimilarities involves the living hell of emotional flashbacks. In this piece, we shall examine the definition of emotional flashbacks and ways to manage them. Should you become overwhelmed during this piece, please stop [...]