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 [...]

Female Predators of Sexual Abuse; The Silent Crisis

One of the hardest realities our society faces, the fact that women sexually molest children, makes us shudder.

Your Motivation for February 4, 2019

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 [...]

Trauma-Informed Care, Neuroplasticity and Mindfulness

Part Two in the Series on Trauma-Informed Care

Athena Moberg and the CPTSD Foundation

In my last post, I mentioned the CPTSD Foundation. In this article, I thought I would tell you more about the foundation and its founder and President, Athena Moberg. In fact, I chose the opening gif to honor her bravery and dedication. Stand up and take a bow Athena Moberg! Athena Moberg The CPTSD Foundation [...]

The Walls Between Us

Living with dissociative identity disorder is very hard a majority of the time. The intrusive thoughts, emotions, and behaviors can make our lives hell. To make matters worse, singletons (people who do not have the diagnosis of DID) don’t understand our plight. It’s not that people don’t care, they just find our disorder intriguing at [...]

Recovery Is…

There are as many definitions to the word "recovery" as there are people who are attempting to reach it. We who were brutally traumatized in childhood aren't really in "recovery" as we didn't start in life whole, rather we are attempting to make our lives better while living with the effects of having been harmed [...]

Dry Wells

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 [...]

Finding Beauty After Trauma

Enjoy the beauty around you, after all, you only get one life.

Surviving Treatment

  I have often told people that surviving the treatment for dissociative identity disorder was as hard as surviving the trauma that caused it. I thought I’d write a piece explaining what I mean by this statement.   Entering the Flames of Hell   Somewhere in late 1989, when I was twenty-nine years old, I [...]

Being an Invisible Child

I am facing my forty-year graduating class anniversary dinner in August. Such an event usually causes people to look forward to speaking with and seeing the people with which you went to school.   For me the prospect brings back memories and emotions that are not lovely.   I can remember moving to Illinois from [...]

Ivory Garden DID Support Group and Chat

I have been privileged to belong for many years to an online support group called Ivory Garden. Through it I have found lasting friendships and hope that has helped to carry me to where I am in my new life after trauma.   There are those who think that this site is like other dissociative [...]

The Freedom of Responsibility

We all must make decisions in life. Do we do it in freedom or pain?

Traumatic Memory Retrieval in Dissociative Identity Disorder

Have you ever wanted to know just of what a "repressed" memory is and how it is formed?

Treating the Brain Damage Caused by Severe Childhood Trauma

Can Mental Health Disorders be Cured? There is Hope!