Just Keep Dancing

"We can't always choose the music life plays for us, but we can choose how we dance to it." ~ Author Unknown I've been very sick lately with seasonal affective disorder (SAD). I know, it commonly hurts people in the fall, but there a few of us who have it in both spring and fall. [...]

I’m Opening a Lemonade Stand

Hi everyone. I've been sick this past week AGAIN and haven't been capable of writing much. But when I saw this picture on Twitter, I had to use it and comment. All humanity lives in our own bubbles. We have opinions about others and we exist within the confines of how we define who we [...]

Intrusive Thoughts

Intrusive thoughts, what are they? Are they alters crying out for attention or creations of our brain because of cross-wiring? Intrusive thoughts are something all humans experience, but when coupled with a mental health condition, they can quickly become deadly. So, let’s examine together what these crappy things are, their causes and some possible ways [...]

Changing the World Today

I know most of you have seen this quote before but today I'm going to explain what this unknown author's words mean to me. As a child, I was helpless to stop or control what happened to me. The people who harmed me didn't care what they were doing to my future, and for a [...]

Advocacy is A Vital Force for Change

Good morning everyone. It is only 3:47 am as I'm writing this post. Sigh. Such is the life of someone with DID. Anyway, I wanted to shoot out this post to let you know what I'm up to. Man, am I busy! Illinois House Mental Health Committee I'm going today to the capital of Illinois, [...]

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 [...]

New YouTube Channel Just for You!

I have finally done it. I have begun a video series on YouTube about DID from my life experiences. I'll be posting either weekly or bi-weekly videos on YouTube about different  subjects including: Research on DID Diagnosing DID Misdiagnosing DID Coping Skills Learning to Communicate with Your Alters Pitfalls in Therapy Integration Challenges And much, [...]

We are Not Who Others Say We Are

This picture is from NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. They have a huge campaign going on to end the stigma against people, like me, who live with mental health challenges. When I saw it, I was immediately reminded of how we can build a bubble of self-esteem to ward off the negative things [...]

Help Others to Help Yourself

The Picture Above Has Two Meanings First Meaning: When we encounter children we must remember to help them all we can to avoid or escape highly traumatic situations. If they are being abused or bullied, we need to do whatever is necessary to make sure they do not return to that situation. If they are [...]

It’s Dissociative Identity Disorder Awareness Day!

It's March 5th, the day that folks everywhere who live with the diagnosis of dissociative identity disorder gather to spread awareness. Research and Essays on DID To help raise awareness I have made a compilation of some of the papers and essays out there concerning DID. The list is not all comprehensive as there are [...]

It’s Dissociative Identity Disorder Awareness Day!

It's March 5th, the day that folks everywhere who live with the diagnosis of dissociative identity disorder gather to spread awareness. Research and Essays on DID To help raise awareness I have made a compilation of some of the papers and essays out there concerning DID. The list is not all comprehensive as there are [...]

Dissociative Identity Disorder, A Global Phenomenon

Many mental health professionals and people in the public have the impression that dissociative identity disorder was a fad from the 80s and 90s. They believe erroneously that people who present with an altered state of consciousness like is present with DID are either faking it, have been led down the garden path by an [...]

The Importance of Your Light

I hear from people every week who tell me either through what they say or how they say it that their life is meaningless. They moan that because other people do not see them as valuable, they are valueless. I'm here to state right here on this post that what these poor folks and some [...]

The World is a Beautiful Place

If you looked at the picture I posted as a featured image to this post, you might have scoffed and said, "The world is NOT a beautiful place, it is a terrifying, mean and horrible place!" I understand. I was once of that opinion, and you are correct, the world can be and is at [...]

Your Motivation for Today: Life Keeps Moving

Hi everyone. Time for a little pep talk and motivation. Do you ever feel like life has been and always will be one huge uphill climb? If so, me too. Some days it feels like I climb and climb but never reach where I want to go. I even some days feel I'm wasting my [...]