Dissociative Identity Disorder: A Sensational Diagnosis?

This morning I took a tour of the videos available on YouTube put out there by people about DID. What I found disturbed me. While some were honest videos from people in varying states of recovery, many were obviously created by people caught up in what they believe to be a sensational diagnosis.   Living [...]

Who Is To Blame?

Why are we pointing fingers instead of doing the hard work of finding solutions?

The Awesome Power of Words

Words can change the world or destroy it.

Podcast on CoreBrain Journal About DID

I have spoken on a podcast for The Core Brain Journal. I spoke on the realities of living with Dissociative Identity Disorder. Please check out the link below and let me know what you think. Pod Cast on DID

I Am A Warrior, and I Will Do No Harm

I decided to write this piece outlining the reasons I do not use material that describes who the person(s) were who perpetrated the severe abuse I experienced as a child. 

Misophonia Means Living Without Diagnosis

In my blog, I have featured many articles about Dissociative Identity Disorder because it is a diagnosis I have intimate knowledge about. However, DID isn't the only diagnosis I wish to speak about here, as the stigma and heartbreaking trauma brought on by many diagnoses must be spoken of so that research can be encouraged. [...]

The Loneliness and Grief of a Traumatized Child

Shirley J. Davis Note from author: There are two sets of people to which this article is targeted; mental health professionals, and adult survivors of childhood trauma. There is an area of childhood trauma that few will write about, the emotions that young children feel when confronted with repeated and severe trauma. The trauma I [...]

The Rambling Thoughts of a Professional Insomniac

Shirley J. Davis I have spent almost my entire life unable to sleep unaided. Only if I take some type of medication will my thoughts and body slow down enough for me to sleep. Even as a very young child, I can remember lying awake at night listening to my family sleeping. Such is the [...]

Great Article from The Harvard Review of Psychiatry

Shirley J. Davis I found this wonderful article on the internet from the Harvard Review of Psychiatry. You can find this article and many more at the following Link. ARTICLE SITE   Harvard Review of Psychiatry Harv Rev Psychiatry. 2016 Jul; 24(4): 257–270. Published online 2016 Jul 8. doi:  10.1097/HRP.0000000000000100 PMCID: PMC4959824 Separating Fact from Fiction: An Empirical [...]

A Beautiful Piece of Amber

If you have ever wondered what it is like to live with a condition like Dissociative Identity Disorder, than I invite you to read this short story I wrote as a tribute to my therapist who retired in September 2016. One will immediately notice that the timing of the story does not flow, but jumps [...]

Dissociative Identity Disorder in a Nutshell

Dissociative Identity in a Nutshell Owned and Written by Shirley J. Davis Dissociative Identity Disorder in a Nutshell is a blog site dedicated to the dissemination of true and honest information about Dissociative Identity Disorder, a condition once called Multiple Personality Disorder. While I am not a mental health professional and only possess an Associate [...]

Four Reasons Dissociative Identity Disorder is Controversial Among Mental Health Professionals

Shirley J. Davis As any of you who have read this blog know, I live with a condition known as Dissociative Identity Disorder, what was once known as Multiple Personality Disorder. DID is a very controversial diagnosis among the professionals of the mental health field and I believe I have identified some of the reasons [...]

Family Rejection: One of the Hazards of Getting Well

Shirley J. Davis One of the hardest parts of living with any mental illness is not being accepted by the people that most humans count on the most, our families. This is especially true if the mental health condition we are living with was caused primarily by severe trauma in our childhoods.   This is [...]