A New Series About Dissociative Identity Disorder

It has been quite a while since I authored an article about dissociative identity disorder (DID). The purpose of this article to explain to any new readers and those who are curious about what this enigmatic dissociative identity is and what it is not. Hint: It isn’t about someone having multiple personalities. Since DID is [...]

Healing from Dissociative Identity Disorder by Going Down the Road Less Taken

I wrote the following piece for people who either do not believe in or do not understand dissociative identity disorder. Please, feel free to share this information with your therapists, families, and friends. Shirley If any of our readers have seen the movies Sybil or Split, you may think you understand what dissociative identity disorder [...]

NAMI Illinois Annual Conference

While on the subject of conferences, I'll also be speaking at the annual NAMI Illinois conference!!! I'm very excited to be able to offer a speech to my fellow NAMI members on the topic of NAMI, THE BEST KEPT SECRET IN ILLINOIS. I'll be speaking on Saturday October 13th in the morning. However, don't just [...]

The Crime of Stigma Must End

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a fact that most of you are already aware. The goal of having a month in honor of those who live with mental health challenges is to start a conversation about mental illness. Only if mental illness is brought out into the bright sunlight can it be recognized not [...]

The Reality of Living with Misophonia

Since I do not fully grasp the horrors of misphonia, I am quoting the following explanation I have taken from WebMD. WebMD: Misphonia   Do nails on a chalkboard make you cringe? Imagine if a sound could make you panic or fly into a rage.   This is the case with misophonia -- a strong dislike or hatred of specific [...]

All Humans Have Ego States

There is a lot of confusion in the minds of people living with Dissociative Identity Disorder, mental health clinicians, and the general public about what the different parts involved in DID actually are and how they are formed. I would like to try to shed some light on this important subject. Although I am not [...]