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, [...]

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, [...]

Thank You for Caring

Well, I've been ill and incapable of holding a whole thought let alone writing so my stats on my site have dropped significantly. I was receiving a reading rate of over 122 per day, now I'm lucky to get 20. I am very glad you who still frequent this site have stuck by me. Your [...]

Working with a Mental Health Disorder and The Americans with Disabilities Act

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 [...]

Overcoming the Fear of Intimacy

In the last few articles, we have explored together how childhood trauma negatively impacts the ability to form lasting and loving relationships with a partner. We’ve studied the impact that having trust issues, flashbacks, loneliness, body image problems and hypervigilance play in our avoidance of allowing closeness to others. In this article, let’s talk about [...]

The Painful Truth About Those Who Believe They are Multiples but are Not

I know I have been flooding your inboxes with some rather impersonal posts of late, so I decided to get up at 4 am (truthfully, I’ve had a med change and can’t sleep) and write about a topic that both worries and frustrates me. There are two diagnoses I’d like to cover in this piece [...]

Beware, I’m Not a Broken Little Girl Any Longer

Those of you who read the material I write on this website know two things about me. One, I am a very strong survivor who has been through hell, and two, I am going through hell right now. It's on days like this one that I ask myself, will I ever heal from the brokenness [...]

New Book: A Compilation of Research on the Topic of Dissociative Identity Disorder

Hi everybody. My cold has finally subsided and I'm feeling somewhat better. I don't know about you, but I sure get tired of things like a simple virus sending me into an emotional tailspin. Sigh. Anyhoo, I wanted to let you know about my two latest books. These works aren't like what I've done before, [...]

An Alternate Explanation of Integration

Integration is the most controversial and debated topic in the DID community? Why?

The New Edition of The Orchestra Analogy

I have posted the orchestra analogy before, but since I have new people who have begun to follow me, I thought I'd post it again. This version isn't the same as the one posted before. I have been thinking about it and have added more and simplified it. I think it now gives a clear [...]

Hurry to Hear My New Interview on TAASTAA with Hanna Kebedde

Gotta love that lab muppet! Anyway, I was interviewed on a podcast by Hanna Kebedde and it was broadcast last evening. She was gracious enough to share the link to share with all of you! So, tune in and sit down for an indepth interview of me talking about what I know about dissociative identity [...]

A Funny Page to Say, Thank You!

I wanted to do something special for you today, so I am giving you a funny page. This page is themed around (surprise!) baseball. I happen to love the game myself and have backed the Cubs since the 1980s. Enjoy! And thanks again for your patience while I regrouped. I feel much better!f Shirley First [...]