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 and...

The Difference Between Resilience and Post-Traumatic Growth

As stated in article one of this series on resiliency, according to the American Psychological Association, resiliency is: “the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, or significant sources of stress—such as family and relationship problems, serious health problems, or workplace and financial stressors....

Got Resiliency?

Much research has been done on the topic of this series of posts in February 2021. Scientists want to understand how people who go through sometimes horrific events often overcome adversity and seem to thrive afterward. In this first part of the series, we’ll discuss what resiliency is and...

Overcoming Emotional Flashbacks

Emotional flashbacks are a common symptom for people live with the diagnosis of dissociative identity disorder. Because of this fact, I thought it vital to delve into how to overcome them.   Emotional flashbacks take a horrendous toll on those who experience them. To feel like you are in...

The Long-Term Effects of Abandonment

One of the most egregious behaviors a parent or other caregiver can do to a child is to abandon them, allowing them to suffer alone. The damages done to the child when grown are significant and should not be ignored. In this article, we shall examine together what childhood...

The Human Autonomic Nervous System and Emotional Flashbacks

Emotional flashbacks are troubling and often disabling events that cause a person to experience alarming and crippling bursts of strong emotions. Emotional flashbacks are experienced without the linked visions from the past that accompany average flashbacks. In this article we shall examine together what is going on in the...

Managing Emotional Flashbacks

In our first piece, we discussed the definition of emotional flashbacks and how they change survivors by interrupting their daily lives. This article will attempt to explore what it is like to have an emotional flashback and the 13 steps to manage them proposed by Dr. Pete Walker. A...

Dissociative Amnesia and Its Consequences In the Lives of Survivors

Everybody forgets that is a fact of life. You might forget where you placed your car keys or where you last saw the dog’s leash; that is ordinary forgetting. Dissociative amnesia is different. It is a condition that is trauma-based and can disrupt a person’s life. This article shall...

Emotional Flashbacks

You walk into your living room after getting out of bed in the morning feeling apprehensive and afraid, but there is nothing to be afraid of that you can observe. An overwhelming sense that something terrible is about to happen permeates your thoughts, and you do not feel at...

Dissociating and Losing Time, Should We Be Afraid?

People living with dissociative identity disorder (DID) often dissociate and lose time; it accompanies the diagnosis. However, as typical as this symptom is, many of us fear the most from our disorder. This article will attempt to lay aside some of the fear and relate hope to those living...