Moving On After Healing

Surviving severe trauma in childhood is an identity that many of us cling to because it gives us something to recognize ourselves by. For so many years we lived in a world where our needs were not recognized nor met by parents who were self-involved and only looked upon...

The Benefits and Consequences of Becoming Emotionally Intelligent

Emotional intelligence (EI) involves the ability to identify, understand, use, and manage your emotions. Having high emotional intelligence skills can help you communicate better, resolve conflicts, empathize with others, and reduce anxiety plus stress. Your emotional intelligence greatly affects the quality of your life as it influences your relationships...

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...