On July 26, 1990, President George H. W. Bush signed into law the American with Disabilities Act (ADA). This law was a huge leap forward in helping the people of the United States facing mobility and other disabling conditions conquer many of the barriers we face in everyday life. What better way to celebrate Mental [...]
One of the hardest realities our society faces, the fact that women sexually molest children, makes us shudder.
Hello and welcome to Monday. Anxiety is definitely a normal part of being human. Anxiety serves us in helping us to avoid danger and respond by either running away, freezing to avoid detection, or fight our way out of the situation. However, what happens when anxiety overwhelms our lives and we can't cope? I think [...]
I have recently become a contributing writer for a blog site I thought you should know about. It's called Patient Next Door and it offers more than your average blog site. On Patient Next Door can be found articles on all types of health problems and helpful information on how to overcome them. Not only this, they [...]
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 [...]
One of the hardest parts of having lived through severe childhood trauma is the ways it affects daily adult life. Flashbacks, depression, negativity and feelings of needing to escape are only a few of them. How can we mitigate these life-altering side effects? Grounding techniques. There are as many methods to grounding as [...]
100% OF PEOPLE IN THE WORLD WILL SUFFER FROM A MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS!
First, let me begin this post with an apology. Several months ago, I stated I was going to begin a series of posts about the ten stages involved with learning to live with the effects dissociative identity disorder. However, life got in the way and I didn’t carry through with that promise. Well, [...]
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a fact that most of you are already aware. The goal of having a month in honor of those who live with mental health challenges is to start a conversation about mental illness. Only if mental illness is brought out into the bright sunlight can it be recognized not [...]
A VERY IMPORTANT EVENT IS COMING TO SPRINGFIELD ILLINOIS!
Today I baring my soul.
Are you afraid to fail?
I'm have been on the planning committee for the Region 3-4 conference. This event is planned, and held by people with mental health challenges. I am proud to announce our next conference to be held on September. I've attended and spoken at the Region 3-4 conference and I urge providers, peers and loved ones living [...]
Who and What are Child Alters?