World Mental Health Awareness Day  

The CPTSD Foundation, for which I work, is dedicated to helping all who come to us gain and maintain optimum mental health in any way we can. For this reason, I have come to you in this article with more information to enhance your healing journey, celebrating World Mental...

Self-sabotage in Finances, Mental Health, and Spiritual Fulfillment

As survivors of trauma, many people have developed bad habits that harm their financial, mental, and physical well-being. There are many causes for this harmful behavior; many unconsciously repeat patterns learned from their caregivers.   This article will focus on self-sabotage and how it can affect your finances, mental...

Telling Your Family You Have Dissociative Identity Disorder

The dissociative identity disorder diagnosis is challenging for us who have it to bear. We long to tell someone we can trust about our problem, but what the public knows about DID is far overshadowed by what they do not.   Most of us want to turn to our...

The Ten Stages of Healing from Dissociative Identity Disorder 

Healing from dissociative identity disorder (DID) is arduous at best and dangerous at worst. Healing takes time, effort, and an understanding of yourself like you’ve never known before because of therapy. I have gone through all the stages of healing from DID many times until now. I now have...

Comforting Your Alters

Those with dissociative identity disorder (DID) who live with alters sometimes have difficulty knowing what to do when an alter (or more than one, which is common) gets upset or scared. What do you do to calm them and bring them comfort?   This article will focus on soothing...

Handling Emotional Triggers

Emotional triggers are something everyone with dissociative identity disorder experiences. During therapy, outside of therapy, and in the oddest places, triggers can throw you into feeling out of control and reliving what happened to your child-self so long ago.   This article will examine emotional triggers and how to...

The Core and Host Alters

Those of us with dissociative identity disorder have many different aspects of ourselves that have been compartmentalized to hold traumatic memories at bay. One of these alters is known as the host, and they fulfill a vital part of the lives of multiples.   This article will open a...

Silent Depression

Most of us have heard of depression and its implications for those who live with it, but have you ever heard the term “silent” or “hidden” depression? This article will explore hidden depression and its causes and symptoms.   What is Depression?       Considered a mood disorder,...

Overcoming Rejection: How Psychotherapy Can Help You

Everyone has experienced rejection either in their public or private lives. Perhaps your best friend wants some alone time when you want them to go out. You feel put off and rejected.   However, sometimes rejection goes very deep and begins in early childhood.   This article will focus...

Finding a Therapist Who Treats Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Once diagnosed with complex post-traumatic stress disorder, many people seek help from a therapist. But how do you find a good therapist, and what traits and training should they have to deal with your issues successfully?   This article will focus on finding a therapist, what traits to look...

Psychotherapy

Most of us have heard of psychotherapy, with a percentage of that number being in treatment. What drives people to see a therapist? What is therapy? Why and when should you see a therapist?   This article, piece one in a series about psychotherapy, will attempt to answer these...

Dissociative Identity Disorder and Relationships

Relationships are hard for everyone to navigate with emotional attachment and fear of abandonment by your newfound love. But what if you are living with dissociative identity disorder (DID)? How do you navigate the drama of being in a relationship with a partner healing from trauma?   This article...