Trapped, A Feeling We’ve Known Before

If you are like me, you find staying in your home to feel a bit like being trapped. It’s far too dangerous to venture outside, but you are desperately needing to leave. These feelings are too familiar and highly triggering for me, so I can only imagine what it must be like for someone who [...]

Polyvagal Theory and Healing from Childhood Trauma

Those who live with the after-effects of severe childhood trauma understand well how it feels to be continually on the lookout for danger. Some experience this as hypervigilance feeling unsafe no matter who they are with or where they are in life. Polyvagal theory does a wonderful job of explaining these responses as well as [...]

Fear, Survivors, and the Corona-19 Virus

I would be remiss if I did not write a post concerning the Corona-19 virus and how it affects those who have severe mental health conditions like dissociative identity disorder. However, I am a firm believer that fear is not only detrimental to people with DID and other mental health disorders, but it is a [...]

Shame, Blame, and Polyvagal Theory

How many times have we heard of people who were raped or otherwise violated being accused in their attacker's trial of not fighting or running away? The survivor, instead of receiving sympathy and justice, is instead bombarded inside the court and out with shame and blame. This article will examine the phenomenon of freezing during [...]

Eating Disorders are Not Just for Women

Society has stereotypically viewed eating disorders as only affecting teenage girls and women. However, one in three people who form an eating disorder (ED) are boys or men. This article will examine how EDs affect male victims and how they can defeat these life-threatening disorders. The Problem There are at least 30 million people who [...]

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 [...]