Changing the Statistics of Suicide

***Trigger Warning*** The following article contains many references to suicide and death by suicide that may not be suitable for some people. If you are easily disturbed by such a topic, please, do not read any farther.   The month of September was suicide awareness month and I have...

Some News for You

I rarely write about my blogsite or my professional life, but here I go. First of all, allow me to apologize to those who are getting redirected when you attempt to log onto my site here on WordPress. Both WordPress and I are working on the problem and will...

Men and Suicide

Talking about suicide to save lives ***TRIGGER WARNING*** This piece discusses suicide and suicidal ideation, and some people might find it disturbing. If you or someone you know is suicidal, please, contact your physician, go to your local ER, or call the suicide prevention hotline in your country. For...

We Need to Talk About Suicide Prevention

***Trigger Warning*** This piece discusses suicide and suicidal ideation, and some people might find it disturbing. If you or someone you know is suicidal, please, contact your physician, go to your local ER, or call the suicide prevention hotline in your country. For the United States, the numbers are...

Surviving the Fire of the Past

In this article, I want to share with you what happens when a therapist believes in and bands with their client. The Beginning On September 4, 1980, made a pact with me that I would die by suicide on my thirtieth birthday. It was a sincere promise to myself...

Compassion Fatigue

Burning out in love. Normally I write articles geared toward people living with a severe mental health condition, but today I wish to acknowledge those who love them. Andy met Sue and fell in love with her immediately. She told him she lived with dissociative identity disorder and that...

Magical Thinking and the “Not Me” Phenomenon

There are some major differences in the way people experience dissociative identity, such as the number of alters present and how often they switch. However, there are two phenomena that nearly all people living with DID experience magic thinking and the “not me” phenomenon. Today we’ll explore together these...

Substance Abuse and Dissociative Identity Disorder

Dozens of coexisting diagnoses often accompany dissociative identity disorder (DID). One condition that isn’t often spoken about is the propensity for forming substance abuse problems. Let’s tackle together the complicated and often painful topic of substance abuse and dissociative identity disorder. Why Do We Form Substance Abuse Problems? Survivors...

How to Find the Therapist that is Right for You

There are thousands of therapists in the United States and, unless you live in a rural area, many for you to choose from. Yet, finding a therapist that is a good fit, especially one who treats dissociative identity disorder (DID), can be a daunting task. Asking questions and vetting...