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...

Dormant Alters

You have lived with alters all your life and heard their voices in your mind, then boom! The voices go silent. What you may be experiencing is alter dormancy. What is alter dormancy, and how can you cope when the voices go silent? This article will attempt to describe...

Why is it Called Dissociative Identity Disorder?

Dissociative identity disorder is a controversial diagnosis that, despite all the stigma and discrimination, is slowly becoming better understood in the world of psychiatry. Dissociative identity disorder (DID) was once known as multiple personality disorder. Why did they change the name? Wasn’t the old name sufficient? This article will...

The Importance of a Treatment Plan

Upon seeing a mental health specialist, we are often unclear about what brought us there, our purpose for seeing them, and our goals for the future. One method mental health professionals use to help both you and they guide your healing journey is to form a treatment plan. But...

How Do Adverse Childhood Experiences Affect You Today?

The answer will leave you speechless.   Adults who experienced adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), aka traumatic experiences as children, still pay for what happened to them years, even decades later. But what are adverse childhood experiences? And how do they affect you today? This article shall attempt to explain...