Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: the Similarities and Differences

There is some confusion about the differences and similarities between PTSD and CPTSD. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and complex post-traumatic stress disorder (CPTSD) sound alike but although they have some similar symptoms, they are completely different disorders. In this article, we shall examine together the differences and similarities of these two life-changing diagnoses. What is [...]

Trauma-Informed Care

Many of you, like me, have survived one or more traumatic events in childhood know how our lives have become changed in negative ways. 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, [...]

Pulling it all together: Trauma-Informed Care

This month we have spent time exploring the basics of becoming trauma-informed. We've examined how mindfulness, neuroplasticity, and resiliency help form the tripod on which we begin to understand and defeat the consequences of surviving trauma. In this article, we are going to explore together how all the writings we’ve published this month fit into [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Red Alert: Addiction to the Chaos of Dysfunctional Self-Pity Will Keep You Stuck!

  There is a syndrome that I’ve become aware of in the past decade of my journey along the road less taken. This condition seems to be something that everyone who enters therapy to conquer the effects of childhood trauma that can slow down progress and stop it in its tracks if not alleviated. The [...]

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 [...]

Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (CPTSD) and Adverse Childhood Experiences

If you are like most people, you need a deeper explanation of Complex Traumatic-Stress Disorder. I wrote the following article for The CPTSD Foundation to aid others in understanding this life-altering condition that is the direct result of traumatic events either in childhood or as an adult. As many of my readers are living with dissociative identity [...]

If My Life Was a Movie

  I’ve been talking to people about my life story for many years now. Recently I have begun trying to find someone who would be interested in writing a book and then a screenplay about my experiences. I think the true story of a person who lives with dissociative identity disorder would make one hell [...]

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 [...]

Treating the Brain Damage Caused by Severe Childhood Trauma

Can Mental Health Disorders be Cured? There is Hope!

Do You Understand the Difference?

Whose fault/responsibility is my life? Mine or someone else's?

I Refuse to be Defined by Trauma

Just who is Shirley J. Davis?

I Refuse to be Undefined by Trauma

Just who is Shirley J. Davis?