Tools to Build Resiliency and Aid in Healing from Complex Trauma

There is a vital part of healing survivors of adverse childhood experiences who now live with complex post-traumatic stress disorder can learn to help themselves. This piece of artillery is called resilience. Resiliency can help us overcome the life-altering effects of adverse childhood experiences or repeated trauma in adulthood. It can also speed up healing [...]

The Difficult Road to Intimacy: Living with Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Living with complex post-traumatic stress disorder (CPTSD) is very challenging. It affects every aspect of the lives those who suffer under its symptoms. In this article, we are going to examine together a brief synopsis of CPTSD and how this disorder creates difficulty in forming and maintaining intimate relationships. An Overview of Complex Post-Traumatic Stress [...]

Five Types of Psychotherapy and How They Can Help You

When people think of psychotherapy, they often visualize Dr. Sigmund Freud sitting with a note pad with his client lying on a couch facing away from him. While it is true that there are still some professionals who utilize Freud’s form of psychoanalysis, there are many different types of psychotherapy that exist to aid in [...]

Things Aren’t Rosy Here, in Fact, They are Desperate

The stress of living with dissociative identity disorder is tearing me apart.   Let me start from the beginning. I have problems with seasonal affective disorder (SAD) that causes me to experience extremes of depression, anxiety, and a deep sense of dread. I’ve had this problem all my life and have tried very hard to [...]

Psychotherapy

One of the most important treatments for the effects of complex trauma for adults is psychotherapy. Sitting with another adult who received training in the listening profession is a powerful method to exchange the old tapes that were installed by our traumatic experiences. In this first article, we are going to explore together the types [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]