Substance Abuse and Dissociative Identity Disorder

Dozens of coexisting diagnoses often accompany dissociative identity disorder (DID). One condition that isn’t often spoken about is the propensity for forming substance abuse problems. Let’s tackle together the complicated and often painful topic of substance abuse and dissociative identity disorder. Why Do We Form Substance Abuse Problems? Survivors...

How to Find the Therapist that is Right for You

There are thousands of therapists in the United States and, unless you live in a rural area, many for you to choose from. Yet, finding a therapist that is a good fit, especially one who treats dissociative identity disorder (DID), can be a daunting task. Asking questions and vetting...

Impostor Syndrome

Have you ever experienced that nagging feeling that if people really knew what you were like, they wouldn’t like you? Or how about thinking that someday people will find out you are a fraud because you aren’t really as talented as everyone thinks? Those feelings and the symptoms that...

Becoming Stuck in the Trauma of the Past

There are many roadblocks to healing from dissociative identity disorder (DID). There is finding an experienced therapist, finding the funds to pay them, and dealing with the chaos that comes with beginning treatment. However, one roadblock stands out more than all the rest and it can occur at any...

Reparenting to Heal the Wounded Inner Child

Human children are born without any means to defend themselves or face the world. Children are totally dependent upon their parents for love, acceptance, and shelter. Sometimes parents fail to provide the emotional, psychological, and physical shelter required for healthy children. This results in adults who are stuck in...

Healing Trauma Through Inner Child Work

So far, in this series on the inner child, we have discussed inner children, and how, when they are wounded, they can affect adult life. We learned that every person has an inner child that is part of our psyche, that is a childish self, inside all of us....

The Wounded Inner Child

Inner children are parts of all our psyche that remains full of innocence, awe, and wonder. When our inner child is healthy, and we are connected with them, we tend to be invigorated, inspired, and excited. However, what happens when our inner child is wounded from past trauma, and...

Discovering Your Inner Child

There is much psychiatry does not understand about how our psyche works. Indeed, because psychiatric symptoms are mostly self-reported, there is little evidence that mental disorders exist. However, all humans recognize in themselves the urges and responses they seem to have that echo past experiences.   This piece will...

Fourth of July Fun

Every year I like to put out a fun page to make us laugh and celebrate our country’s freedom. So, sit back and laugh!...