Self-Harm

***Trigger Warning This article contains information that may upset sensitive readers. The following article about self-harming and should not be read by those who find this subject upsetting.*** Harming oneself is an all-too-common symptom of a larger mental health problem that can lead to dying prematurely by suicide if...

Becoming More Resilient

Learning to Become Resilient Dealing with loss and change cannot be avoided; they are inevitable parts of life. Everyone experiences setbacks, with some being minor and others being highly traumatic and life-altering. Resilience is what helps people through challenges through psychological strength, the ability to cope, and the capability...

Coexisting Diagnoses and Dissociative Identity Disorder

Dissociative identity disorder (DID) is a difficult enough diagnosis to live with due to the chaos and fear that often accompanies it. Add other mental or physical health problems to the mix, and you have a recipe for misery. This article will speak about common coexisting diagnoses and how...

Ending the Chaos in a DID System

Living with dissociative identity disorder (DID) is difficult at best because of the turmoil and chaos having the disorder can bring into one’s life. This article will focus on that chaos and some ways to calm down your system. In the Beginning Before and especially after receiving the diagnosis...

Growing and Fostering a Resilient Brain

Resiliency, to summarize, is the ability to bounce back from difficult circumstances. People living with mental health challenges often have high resilience to the opposition because they have grown resilient through trial by fire. This piece will focus on what is going on in the brain with resiliency and...

The Difference Between Resilience and Post-Traumatic Growth

As stated in article one of this series on resiliency, according to the American Psychological Association, resiliency is: “the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, or significant sources of stress—such as family and relationship problems, serious health problems, or workplace and financial stressors....

Got Resiliency?

Much research has been done on the topic of this series of posts in February 2021. Scientists want to understand how people who go through sometimes horrific events often overcome adversity and seem to thrive afterward. In this first part of the series, we’ll discuss what resiliency is and...

Overcoming Emotional Flashbacks

Emotional flashbacks are a common symptom for people live with the diagnosis of dissociative identity disorder. Because of this fact, I thought it vital to delve into how to overcome them.   Emotional flashbacks take a horrendous toll on those who experience them. To feel like you are in...

The Long-Term Effects of Abandonment

One of the most egregious behaviors a parent or other caregiver can do to a child is to abandon them, allowing them to suffer alone. The damages done to the child when grown are significant and should not be ignored. In this article, we shall examine together what childhood...

The Human Autonomic Nervous System and Emotional Flashbacks

Emotional flashbacks are troubling and often disabling events that cause a person to experience alarming and crippling bursts of strong emotions. Emotional flashbacks are experienced without the linked visions from the past that accompany average flashbacks. In this article we shall examine together what is going on in the...