Polyvagal Theory and Healing from Childhood Trauma

Those who live with the after-effects of severe childhood trauma understand well how it feels to be continually on the lookout for danger. Some experience this as hypervigilance feeling unsafe no matter who they are with or where they are in life. Polyvagal theory does a wonderful job of...

Coping With Social Distancing and Isolation

I live alone in a three-story apartment building in Springfield Illinois, my state’s capital. Due to the Corona-19 virus threat, I have been locked down in my apartment hiding from the public attempting to keep from getting sick. I have been cooped up in this place since last Thursday...

How To Remain Calm and Well During The Corona-19 Crisis

If you have been watching the media, and I’m certain you have, you might be feeling overwhelmed by all the hoarding and warnings to remain in your home. Perhaps you even feel fearful, anxious, or worried because of the threat the virus is bringing to your country, state, or...

This Shit’s Getting Serious

In honor of the run on toilet paper, I’d like to present some really big laughs! Some of the following pictures had me in stitches! Enjoy. Shirley      ...

Toxic Stress, ACEs, and Polyvagal Theory

Stress is a normal part of life that no one can fully escape. However, when stress becomes toxic, it can affect our lives in drastic fashions that may change our life’s outcome. Adverse childhood experiences tie into toxic stress and both can cause considerable harm to both children and...

Let’s Talk About the Fear Response and the Corona-19 Virus

I realize I have already posted about the coronavirus, but this is important information to understand. Please read on and I won’t post about it again unless I feel the need outweighs my sense of good writing. No, this has nothing to do with DID or mental health but...

Fear, Survivors, and the Corona-19 Virus

I would be remiss if I did not write a post concerning the Corona-19 virus and how it affects those who have severe mental health conditions like dissociative identity disorder. However, I am a firm believer that fear is not only detrimental to people with DID and other mental...

Do You Know The Difference Between Selfishness and Self-Respect

People who have a mental health condition often find themselves in relationships that require too much of them to the point that they leave themselves out of the picture. This article will focus on the differences between being selfish and having the self-respect to take care of yourself first....

Shame, Blame, and Polyvagal Theory

How many times have we heard of people who were raped or otherwise violated being accused in their attacker’s trial of not fighting or running away? The survivor, instead of receiving sympathy and justice, is instead bombarded inside the court and out with shame and blame. This article will...

I’ve Been Very Busy

Once again I find myself needing to apologize for my absence. My life has picked up pace and I’m away from home a lot so that means my computer is inaccessible. However, the good news is I’m finally putting my life back together after working on DID and other...