My name is Shirley and I live with a condition known as Dissociative Identity Disorder (once known as Multiple Personality Disorder). From birth to the age of fifteen, I was the victim of severe and repeated abuse people whom I loved very much. I entered therapy in 1990, and began the hardest part of my life after surviving the trauma in my childhood.
Therapy for DID is a long and very difficult journey and it took me almost three decades to gain control over my life. I had always depended on alternate ego states to handle the hard parts of my life. Now I found that I needed to take control and utilize all of my inner selves to learn how to deal with the world.
I began writing about my journey in 2015 and became a published author later that year. I have written three books on recovery from DID full of facts and tidbits to help others in their travels which are available from links on the homepage. I began giving speeches in 2016 about my recovery story and continue to do so to this day.
This blog is dedicated to all those who live with dissociative disorders. It is my sincere hope that the people who come here will learn important information to use not just in their personal lives, but to help educate professionals, and others who live with this dynamic and misunderstood diagnosis.