Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Children of Dysfunctional Homes

Children growing up in alcoholic or other dysfunctional homes struggle to find their identity in adulthood. They have most likely formed complex post-traumatic stress disorder (CPTSD) and live with an inner turmoil that matches the instability they are experiencing from parents who are occupied with their own problems.  ...

Understanding Betrayal Trauma

Children are entirely dependent upon their caregivers for everything, food, clothing, reassurance, and mental stability. When this dependence is broken by abuse, children feel rejected and struggle for any attention the child can gain from their caregivers.   This phenomenon is known as betrayal trauma, where the child depends...

Growing Into Adulthood in an Alcoholic or Other Dysfunctional Home

***TRIGGER WARNING*** Being a child in a dysfunctional home has long-lasting effects on their lives clear into adulthood. The secrecy and pain that accompany growing up in such a home leave permanent scars, plus behaviors that can be changed.   This article will tackle what it means to be...

How to Manage Intrusive Thoughts

Sometimes, everyone has them; a negative thought about themselves or the world around them comes out of nowhere. Thoughts like, “What if I’m wrong?” are vital to helping us to critically think through options and make decisions   However, what happens when these thoughts become intrusive, appearing from nowhere...

Self-Advocacy: Self-Care in Trying Times

Since September is suicide awareness month, learning about self-advocacy is the basis of all healing from complex trauma and defeating suicidal ideation in oneself and dealing with it in others. When you stand up for yourself and meet your needs, it is easier to meet life on life’s terms...

Taking Care of Oneself When Someone You Know is Suicidal

This article is written to the family members and friends who love someone with dissociative identity disorder or any mental health issue who are suicidal.   Suicide is a topic most folks would rather not speak about. It is frightening that someone they love could decide they do not...

International Overdose Awareness Day

I realize that I have written about opioid abuse recently, but on August 31st we need to remember all who have died and keep in mind that if we ignore this problem, we too can become statistics.   Overdoses from illicit and prescription drugs are on the rise in...

Hope for Healing from Dissociative Identity Disorder

It is easy to feel despair when healing from dissociative identity disorder (DID) as it comes with seemingly unending struggles with strong emotion and loneliness. Some days struggling with the symptoms of dissociative identity disorder seems never-ending. We are faced with flashbacks, body memories, and even fugue where we...

The Danger of Opioid Addiction

I have written on the topic of opioids before, but I cannot stop raising the red flag for those who have dissociative identity disorder because so many of us abuse them in one form or another. This message may mean life or death to some who read it today....

Paying for Your Trauma Healthcare Team

Healthcare is one of the highest expenses most people will incur during their lifetimes. The high cost of healthcare has driven many to worry about how they can afford to pay for it, causing some to ignore their mental and physical health problems.   This July, our articles have...