The Freeze or Fawn Responses 

Often, people who live with complex post-traumatic stress disorder experience emotional pain caused by traumatic events.   By now, most of you have heard of the four trauma responses: fight, flight, freeze, and fawn. These four essential reactions are caused when you feel stressed, traumatized, or in danger.  ...

Making a New Year’s Resolution

Every year around this time, we all contemplate what our lives will be like in the new year. We set our expectations for ourselves with resolutions that may or may not be kept and hope for the best for ourselves and our families.   What resolution have you set...

Childhood Psychological Abandonment

Most people have heard the term abandonment and know it affects children in various ways. However, what most people do not understand is that abandonment adversely affects those adults who have survived it.   This article’s primary focus will be to define abandonment and to investigate how it affects...

A FUN CHRISTMAS PAGE

Who delivers presents to baby sharks at Christmas? Santa Jaws! What do they sing at a snowman’s birthday party? Freeze a jolly good fellow! What do Santa’s little helpers learn at school? The elf-abet! What kind of motorbike does Santa ride? A Holly Davidson! What did Santa do when...

Coaching for those Who Have Dissociative Identity Disorder

Beginning this December 2023 (now), I am offering a new opportunity for healing through receiving coaching from me. I offer 30+ years of healing experience in all aspects of DID. If you are interested, please email me at: thedavisintegratedservices@gmail.com To be completely transparent, I charge $50 per hour for...

Prioritizing Your Mental Health During the Holidays

Christmas and other holidays are upon us. However, with all the holiday cheer and purchasing of presents, there also comes, for many people, a sense of dread. Some people have families of origin that are toxic, and others have no one at all.   This article focuses on prioritizing...

Surviving Your Family of Origin At Christmas Time

Most survivors have families of origin that were responsible for their forming complex post-traumatic stress disorder through committing chronic child abuse. So, the holidays, especially Christmas, are very difficult for them.   This article will explore the hazards of having a dysfunctional family of origin and ways to ease...

Compulsive Shopping Disorder and Complex Post-Stress Disorder

It’s that time of year when people around the United States overspend, trying to make their Christmas perfect. Folks run up their credit cards, wrap up their finds, and offer them as gifts.   However, for some survivors, this time of year is challenging because they have compulsive buying...

Surviving Holiday Cheer

Every year, survivors face a world gone mad. Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s bring with them countless traditions, and people buy things they cannot afford as gifts.   When you are a survivor of severe and repeated childhood abuse, you often equate the holidays with sour memories of what...

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

People have days for everything anymore. However, I am in a wheelchair and have been for over twenty years, so the one that is near and dear to my heart is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.   I hope that this article will not only raise awareness...

Funny Holiday Page

I realize that many people, including me, feel overwhelmed during this time of year. This is a page of fun to help alleviate some of the stress.     How many letters are in the Christmas alphabet? 25 — there’s noel. Did you hear about what happened to the...

Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Self-Harm  

***Trigger Warning*** This article includes an honest discussion about self-harming behavior. No triggering information is shared, but it is a highly triggering topic to some. Caution is advised.   We have published many articles on complex post-traumatic stress disorder and how it changes lives. However, this article is different...