Incest the Taboo Subject

Trigger Warning The following piece deals with incest and is not suitable for all readers. _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Incest the Taboo Subject There is possibly no topic more controversial or taboo than speaking about incest. Culturally, there are strong emotional and moral limits to incest, and many adverse effects are associated...

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...

The World Must Become Trauma-Informed

Many people are ill-informed or know nothing about mental health disorders, including complex post-traumatic stress disorder (CPTSD) and how it affects those around them. There are hundreds if not thousands of mental health challenges, and unfortunately, lots of stigma surrounds them.   This article will explore trauma and how...

From Crisis to Thriving

If you are in therapy getting help healing from childhood trauma, you have experienced crisis and struggling. Healing from dissociative identity disorder is difficult at best and traumatizing at worst.   This article shall examine the four stages of going from crisis to thriving as adapted from the work...

The Three Stages of Healing

Healing from dissociative identity disorder (DID) often is a long and arduous journey. For some, it takes many years in therapy to move through the stages of healing.   This article will concentrate on the three stages of healing and how they relate to the lives of those who...

Rejection Trauma

If there is one thing people with DID know, it is rejection. Indeed, rejection is at the heart of why we formed dissociative identity disorder. We desperately needed an adult to love and accept us, but instead, we were treated with anger and used as toys for their pleasure....

Addicted

Addictions are becoming one of the leading causes of death in the United States, claiming 100,306 lives from April 2020 to April 2021, an increase of 28.5% from the same period one year before (CDC).   Loving those who are addicted may be the only answer to saving countless...

The Necessity of Socialization

Humans are social animals; we depend on socialization to keep us in touch with ourselves and others. In today’s world, we have become more connected via technology, but we have lost the ability to have a deep conversation and really connect with someone else.   Conditions such as dissociative...

Making Rules for Alters

Alters are often unruly and cause some of those who have dissociative identity disorder (DID) problems. For instance, a very young alter (little) may want to drive the car or a teen alter may want to drive up the credit card.   How do you handle such problems? You...

The Benefits and Pain of Switching

People who have dissociative identity disorder (DID) live with a lot of problems that people without the disorder do not understand. Isolation, somatic pain, dealing with alters, and perhaps the best well-known symptoms, switching.   This article will probe the benefits, and pain of having DID, especially focusing on...

Healing from Codependency After Physical and Emotional Abuse

So far, in this series, we have discussed narcissistic and childhood abuse and how codependency can become a problem for survivors. However, physical and emotional abuse is also rampant in our society and tearing the future lives of our children apart.   According to the Centers for Disease Control...

Codependency After Childhood Sexual Abuse

Codependency causes people to feed off each other’s emotions and to lose their ability to care for themselves. Codependency is a cruel dance where one person needs the other who needs to be needed. Thus, you end up with one adult being the giver and the other the taker....