Dealing with Alters of Differing Demographics

Most people who live with dissociative identity disorder (DID) have more than two alternate selves. Alters can range from infancy to older people depending on the memories they harbor from the trauma experienced in the multiple’s past. What happens when the alters in a DID system have different sexes,...

New Book About DID

I read a new book lately that I found truthfully represents dissociative identity disorder (DID) called Brain Storm: A Life in Pieces by Dr. Shelley Kolton a rather famous gynecologist. I highly recommend the book Brain Storm as Dr. Kolton gives a gripping look at living life and healing...

The Long-Term Harmful Effects of Childhood Sexual Abuse

This April we have been focused on childhood sexual abuse (CSA), a crime that can cause long-term harm even as the child grows into adulthood. 1in 4 women and 1 in 6 men alive in the United States today were molested sexually before the age of 18. This means...

Building Communication Between and Among Dissociated Alters

Learning to communicate among and with alters within a DID system is one of the most important lessons in healing. It is vital that one learn to hear and understand what is being held and hidden by alters in a system so we can open a dialogue about what...

Childhood Sexual Abuse During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has been brutal on us all. Rising depression and anxiety plague our world more than any time in recent history, and it is not only adults who are affected. Children have been home from school living with adults who are out of work, out of money,...

Building a Life Despite Having DID

and living well Receiving the diagnosis of dissociative identity disorder can seem like the end of the world. Then we endure years of treatment struggling to get free of the past that has bound us. This piece is full of hope because I am a living example of living...

Childhood Sexual Abuse and Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

***Trigger Warning: this article will address childhood sexual abuse and may not be suitable for all audiences.*** As our readers know by now, CPTSD Foundation is not afraid to tackle tough subjects that have for too long been considered taboo. This month’s articles will be about childhood sexual abuse...

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...