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, [...]

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 Difficult Road to Intimacy: Living with Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Living with complex post-traumatic stress disorder (CPTSD) is very challenging. It affects every aspect of the lives those who suffer under its symptoms. In this article, we are going to examine together a brief synopsis of CPTSD and how this disorder creates difficulty in forming and maintaining intimate relationships. An Overview of Complex Post-Traumatic Stress [...]

Your Motivation for February 3, 2019, Leave Your Past Behind and See the Beautiful Person You Have Become

Good Sunday to you all! First, let me tell you I'm sorry for the tacky ads that are popping up at the end of the posts on my site. I've been in contact with WordPress and they are going to fix it. Please, be patient with me. As humans, we build our present on the [...]

A Motivational Quote for You

Good Saturday everyone. I have decided to start adding motivational quotes and words of wisdom to my blog each day. Now, there will be days when either I'm too busy, too sick, or forget but I will try to brighten your day every day with a post. I love this quote by Carol Burnett. I [...]

Men Living with Dissociative Identity Disorder

As many of you may already know, the ratio of men compared to women who are known to be diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder is 9:1.  The reasons for this difference isn't because women are more hysterical than men, but rather because in our society men are driven to hide what are considered to be [...]

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 [...]

Need a Lift Today? Watch This Video

I found the following video on YouTube and it made me smile. I hope it brings a grin to your face too. I know some days are hard, believe me, I have them too. But we can encourage one another and that helps ease the way. Enjoy the video. Shirley  

A Post of Inspirational Sayings

LIke the above picture, where there is rain there is beauty. In our tears we find strength and I wanted to share some of mine with you today. Not tears necessarily, but my strength. That's why I decided to make a page exclusively full of inspirational quotes and beautiful pictures. There will be a few [...]

Division of Mental Health Regions 3 & 4 Annual Consumer’s Conference

I wanted to make all who live in Illinois aware that I'll be speaking at the conference listed below. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask. This year it is being held in our state's capital Springfield and our topic is Roadmap to Recovery. We will be learning about the different paths [...]

Recovery Is…

There are as many definitions to the word "recovery" as there are people who are attempting to reach it. We who were brutally traumatized in childhood aren't really in "recovery" as we didn't start in life whole, rather we are attempting to make our lives better while living with the effects of having been harmed [...]

Dry Wells

Being open to other people about the severe abuse I suffered as a child has been very challenging.  At first, I wore a sign on my forehead that said, “incest” and when I shook hands with someone I would announce, “Hi, my name is Shirley and I’m a survivor of severe childhood trauma.” I am [...]

Finding Beauty After Trauma

Enjoy the beauty around you, after all, you only get one life.

No One Tells the Sun When to Shine, It Simply Does

Living With Dissociative Identity Disorder Can Be Very Hard.

Surviving Treatment

  I have often told people that surviving the treatment for dissociative identity disorder was as hard as surviving the trauma that caused it. I thought I’d write a piece explaining what I mean by this statement.   Entering the Flames of Hell   Somewhere in late 1989, when I was twenty-nine years old, I [...]