Emotions

I attended an online book club with others who live with DID last night and the discussion was on emotions. Yuck. Emotions are something we all have because we are human beings and complex creatures. I decided to put together a group of gifs that symbolize to me my different types of emotions. RAGE   [...]

Living with Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Dissociative Identity Disorder

As if living with dissociative identity disorder weren’t enough, many survivors, including myself, also live in the hades of generalized or some other type of anxiety disorder. In this piece, I’m not just going to tell you about surviving despite generalized anxiety disorder, but also a little about how it is negatively affecting my life. [...]

Recognizing the Important Qualities and Red Flags of a Therapist

There are diverse types of Therapists out there with many varying qualifications. However, what are the qualities that allow for mental health professionals to make and maintain a good therapeutic alliance with their clients? In this piece, we shall explore together the good traits of a therapist and some red flags that show that they [...]

The CPTSD Foundation

I have mentioned this foundation in other pieces, but I thought it important to mention them once more. The CPTSD Foundation was the brainchild of Athena Moberg, a wonderful person who has dedicated her life, money, and time to help survivors affected by Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The foundation offers several programs that help survivors [...]

Hatred Can Only Be Conquered by Love

I’m not sure what to title this post as it isn’t directly about dissociative identity disorder, but I feel the need to weigh in on the drama/trauma I see happening in the United States today. This is not going to be a political piece, rather I’m going to address the effect all the hatred and [...]

My Loneliness Comes and Goes

I discussed yesterday how lonely I am inside, but this morning I feel totally fine. The dissociative identity disorder I have lived with all my life makes me fluid in that aspect and many others. I think you can understand this if you are a multiple, and if you aren't then you've probably seen it. [...]

I’m Not SuperHuman I Confess, I Have Needs

Sometimes, I get real on my website. I don't always feel up and optimistic, no one can. I'm sorry that I shock people with pieces like this but I am not an island unto myself nor am I some kind of superhero. Sometimes I feel so lonely I want to turn inside myself and never [...]

The Masks I Wear

When many people were children, wearing a mask on Halloween or to a masquerade party was fun. For an hour or two they could put on the face of someone else, giggle a lot about how they looked, and enjoy being someone else for a while. Then, after the party had ended, they would remove [...]

Inflammation, Myelin Repair, and a Cure for Mental Illness

Those people who live with the effects of complex post-traumatic stress disorder sometimes believe that the symptoms they have are made up and all in their imaginations. Many feel they are weak and that is why they are “different” or “weird”. Worse, many believe they can never heal from the events that lead them to [...]

Do You Have Unrealistic Beliefs About Therapists and Psychotherapy?

In my experience, one of the greatest obstructions to healing is having unrealistic and unfair expectations of what a therapist does and what one can get from psychotherapy. These unreal beliefs lead to frustration, anger, and not following through with treatment. In this piece, we shall take a long and hard look at these beliefs, [...]

Brain Inflammation and Its Connection to Severe Mental Illness

In the last article, we began discussing how brain inflammation is indicated in the formation of severe mental illnesses. Today we are going to explore two major mental illnesses, major depression, and schizophrenia, and how brain inflammation has become implicated in their formation. What is Inflammation? Inflammation is one of the body’s defense responses to [...]

The Tragedy of The Lack of Mental Health Care in Rural America

If you are depressed or suicidal in rural America, you are in deep trouble. There are only a few mental health providers in your area and those few are less qualified and may not be helpful to you at all. With suicide on the rise among farmers and people living in rural communities, something must [...]

Sexual Orientation and Dissociative Identity Disorder; It’ Complicated

One of the most recognizable symptoms of dissociative identity disorder (DID) is the presence of alternates or as many call them, “others”. The alters in a dissociated system may have different tastes in clothing, foods, and friends. However, there is one taste often avoided when speaking of the differences between alters, sexual orientation. How Does [...]

INTRODUCING A NEW BOOK ON DID!

Being one who doesn’t sit still for long, I would like to introduce to you a new book that I have worked hard on for over a year. It’s called  The Comprehensive Resource on Dissociative Identity Disorder Textbook I have jam-packed this book with every topic about dissociative identity disorder I could think of including [...]

Independence Day Fun Page!

  What's red, white, blue and green? A seasick Uncle Sam.     The 4th of July is the day that Americans celebrate their freedom by sitting trapped in traffic jams for hours.     What's the difference between a duck and George Washington? One has a bill on their face and the other has [...]