Resilience, Trauma, and Stress  

Most people living with dissociative identity disorder (DID) also suffer from complex post-traumatic stress disorder. That is why I have found this article to apply to this blog.   Complex post-traumatic stress disorder (CPTSD) is a condition that causes life-altering problems for those who experience it. The symptoms of...

Incest The Secret No One Should Keep

Trigger Warning   The following piece deals with incest and is not suitable for all readers.   Incest The Secret No One Should Keep   Secrecy is a sexual predator’s best friend. It allows family members to use and abuse children at will and keeps them from being exposed...

Stress and Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Everyone experiences stress at one point or another in their lives. Perhaps you face a new boss at work or a medical problem of your own, or a family member. Countless incidents cause stress.   Complex post-traumatic stress disorder (CPTSD) deals primarily with trauma experienced in early childhood. CPTSD...

Unhealthy Dissociation

Dissociation is a normal part of the human experience. Road hypnosis, where you travel distances without remembering doing it, and hyper-focusing on a movie in a theater are only two examples.   One of the most well-known characteristics of dissociative identity disorder (DID) is dissociation. The things people living...

Carpe Diem- Seize the Day

“Life is hard and unfair for all of us.” Sometimes we get caught up in that sentiment and forget to enjoy life. Yes, having dissociative identity disorder is no fun, but it would be a shame to spend all our lives with our heads firmly seated in a pity...

Incest and Genetic Disorders

Trigger Warning   The following piece deals with incest and is not suitable for all readers.   This and other important topics surrounding complex post-traumatic stress disorder are on the website for https://cptsdfoundation.org/   Incest and Genetic Disorders   So far in this series on incest, we have covered...

Trauma Bonding and Incest

Trigger Warning   Below is part 2 of 4 I am writing for CPTSD Foundation. The following piece deals with incest and is not suitable for all readers.   Trauma Bonding and Incest     Incest is a topic that most people would rather avoid. Thousands, if not millions,...

Attachment to the Perpetrator

The article below is a re-release of something I wrote in 2018. I found it too important to bury it in the archives. Shirley     In my research that I have been doing for my book on attachment disorders, I was reminded of a subject I believe I...

Can You Develop Dissociative Identity Disorder on Purpose?

Some of the ideas I’m going to share in this piece may be controversial. I appreciate the difference of opinions of those who read my work and wanted to give you a heads up.   Recently I have been receiving emails from distraught mothers and therapists facing a new...

Incest the Taboo Subject

Trigger Warning The following piece deals with incest and is not suitable for all readers. _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Incest the Taboo Subject There is possibly no topic more controversial or taboo than speaking about incest. Culturally, there are strong emotional and moral limits to incest, and many adverse effects are associated...

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...

The World Must Become Trauma-Informed

Many people are ill-informed or know nothing about mental health disorders, including complex post-traumatic stress disorder (CPTSD) and how it affects those around them. There are hundreds if not thousands of mental health challenges, and unfortunately, lots of stigma surrounds them.   This article will explore trauma and how...