Family Estrangement: Going No Contact

People with complex post-traumatic stress disorder (CPTSD), dissociative identity disorder (DID), or living in other distress usually come from dysfunctional homes. These survivors have endured many traumas perpetrated by their family members, and after reaching adulthood, many of these grown children choose to have little to no contact with...

Is Psychotherapy Helpful or Harmful?

For many decades, psychotherapy has been the go-to treatment for many mental health disorders and for people who wish to change a behavior, such as quitting smoking.   However, most are unaware that psychotherapy has its dark side, where it does more harm than good.   This article will...

Our Old Friend Denial

Everyone has something they are in denial about. We deny death because if we dwelt on our eventual mortality, we couldn’t live happy lives. We deny losing a loved one will ever happen, even in the face of them getting older.   This brief article will tackle denial, how...

Who is to Blame for Sexual Abuse?

****TRIGGER WARNING****   The following material is not advisable for anyone who may be triggered by this subject. Please, do not read this article if you are vulnerable. Sexual abuse has long been a scourge to humanity. Children simply cannot give consent and are innocent even after their trust...

Accepting Your Body

Whom do you see looking back at you when you look in the mirror? Is your body as you would like it to be, or do you always find fault with it? If not, you are in good company, as most people feel somewhat ashamed of their appearance.  ...

Complex Trauma and Your Healing Journey

Everyone experiences trauma at some time in their lives. Someone dies, you have a car wreck, or some other unexpected event rocks your world. Yet, most people can move through the pain and into the future.   When complex trauma occurs in childhood, survivors are changed in numerous ways,...

Fun Christmas Page

I know the subjects discussed here on this blog are tough, if not downright painful to read.  So, I offer you this fun page of memes and jokes to lighten things up and as a Christmas present for you.       What do you get when you cross...

Regret

All humans feel regret. We regret things we did and things we did not do. We also dread the future. This article will focus on regret and how people who have survived severe childhood trauma and now have dissociative identity disorder are affected by it.   What is Regret?...

Trauma and Trauma Goals

The word trauma has become a buzzword in today’s culture, with many choosing to use it to describe everything from a mildly bad experience with a possible significant other to a hung nail.   Trauma describes life-altering events, and this article will discover with you what trauma is and...

Delayed Emotional Responses

Children growing up in dysfunctional homes learn a magic trick; they learn to delay their emotional responses until they have privacy, or they dissociate away from their emotions.   This article will focus on delayed reactions to emotional responses and how this affects people with dissociative identity disorder.  ...

Coping with Emotional Overwhelm During the Holiday Season

The holiday season is a stressful time of year. People rush about trying to make the perfect Christmas for themselves and their loved ones when there is no such thing.   The result is that folks get overwhelmed by the hustle and bustle, leading to increased substance abuse, child...

‘Tis the Season

  It’s that time of year again; Christmas is around the corner. For many who live with dissociative identity disorder, the holidays mean depression and loneliness. This article will focus on Christmas depression and how to cope when the festivities bring you down.   Seeking Christmas Through the Lens...