What are Derealization and Depersonalization?

About 50% of the general population has felt that they are outside themselves, watching what is happening once in their lifetimes. Perhaps they were going under or coming out of anesthesia and felt eerily like they were not real or that they can see themselves lying in their hospital...

Seeking Help for Self-Harming Behavior

***Trigger Warning: This article will speak about self-harm and may not be suitable for all audiences.*** I have self-harmed myself and so have first-hand experience and know how devastating it can be not only to yourself but to those around you. So, I do not write about or take...

The Mental Health Disorders Most Associated with Self-Harm

***Trigger Warning: This article will contain self-harm information and may not be suitable for all audiences.*** This series has focused on different types of self-harm, its causes, and a description of those who practice it. In this piece, we continue our open and honest look at self-harm by highlighting...

The Importance of Talking About Suicide

***TRIGGER WARNING*** This article will tackle active and passive suicide and may not be suitable for sensitive audiences. Suicidality is common among people living with dissociative identity disorder. While suicide is a taboo subject among many in our community, one cannot conquer an enemy that they do not see....

Self-Harm

***Trigger Warning This article contains information that may upset sensitive readers. The following article about self-harming and should not be read by those who find this subject upsetting.*** Harming oneself is an all-too-common symptom of a larger mental health problem that can lead to dying prematurely by suicide if...

Becoming More Resilient

Learning to Become Resilient Dealing with loss and change cannot be avoided; they are inevitable parts of life. Everyone experiences setbacks, with some being minor and others being highly traumatic and life-altering. Resilience is what helps people through challenges through psychological strength, the ability to cope, and the capability...

Coexisting Diagnoses and Dissociative Identity Disorder

Dissociative identity disorder (DID) is a difficult enough diagnosis to live with due to the chaos and fear that often accompanies it. Add other mental or physical health problems to the mix, and you have a recipe for misery. This article will speak about common coexisting diagnoses and how...

Ending the Chaos in a DID System

Living with dissociative identity disorder (DID) is difficult at best because of the turmoil and chaos having the disorder can bring into one’s life. This article will focus on that chaos and some ways to calm down your system. In the Beginning Before and especially after receiving the diagnosis...

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....