Healing from Having Alcoholic Parents

In previous articles, we have discussed how growing up in an alcoholic or other dysfunctional home changes the lives of the children involved forever. Alcoholism is a family disease that affects everyone and harms children.   Unfortunately, many who have developed dissociative identity disorder faced alcoholic related abuse. In...

Catastrophic Thinking

Have you ever found yourself believing the worst about a situation that may or may not have happened? For instance, you call home from work, and your partner doesn’t answer. Immediately you begin to believe that there has been a horrible accident, and you just don’t know about it...

A Better Understanding of Alcoholism

Many of us who live with dissociative identity disorder lived in homes that were dysfunctional because of alcoholism. Therefore, I feel comfortable posting this article I wrote for the Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder website.   Alcohol use disorder, which includes alcoholism, is a pattern of behavior where the person...

Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Children of Dysfunctional Homes

Children growing up in alcoholic or other dysfunctional homes struggle to find their identity in adulthood. They have most likely formed complex post-traumatic stress disorder (CPTSD) and live with an inner turmoil that matches the instability they are experiencing from parents who are occupied with their own problems.  ...

Understanding Betrayal Trauma

Children are entirely dependent upon their caregivers for everything, food, clothing, reassurance, and mental stability. When this dependence is broken by abuse, children feel rejected and struggle for any attention the child can gain from their caregivers.   This phenomenon is known as betrayal trauma, where the child depends...

Growing Into Adulthood in an Alcoholic or Other Dysfunctional Home

***TRIGGER WARNING*** Being a child in a dysfunctional home has long-lasting effects on their lives clear into adulthood. The secrecy and pain that accompany growing up in such a home leave permanent scars, plus behaviors that can be changed.   This article will tackle what it means to be...

How to Manage Intrusive Thoughts

Sometimes, everyone has them; a negative thought about themselves or the world around them comes out of nowhere. Thoughts like, “What if I’m wrong?” are vital to helping us to critically think through options and make decisions   However, what happens when these thoughts become intrusive, appearing from nowhere...

Self-Advocacy: Self-Care in Trying Times

Since September is suicide awareness month, learning about self-advocacy is the basis of all healing from complex trauma and defeating suicidal ideation in oneself and dealing with it in others. When you stand up for yourself and meet your needs, it is easier to meet life on life’s terms...

Taking Care of Oneself When Someone You Know is Suicidal

This article is written to the family members and friends who love someone with dissociative identity disorder or any mental health issue who are suicidal.   Suicide is a topic most folks would rather not speak about. It is frightening that someone they love could decide they do not...

International Overdose Awareness Day

I realize that I have written about opioid abuse recently, but on August 31st we need to remember all who have died and keep in mind that if we ignore this problem, we too can become statistics.   Overdoses from illicit and prescription drugs are on the rise in...

Hope for Healing from Dissociative Identity Disorder

It is easy to feel despair when healing from dissociative identity disorder (DID) as it comes with seemingly unending struggles with strong emotion and loneliness. Some days struggling with the symptoms of dissociative identity disorder seems never-ending. We are faced with flashbacks, body memories, and even fugue where we...

The Danger of Opioid Addiction

I have written on the topic of opioids before, but I cannot stop raising the red flag for those who have dissociative identity disorder because so many of us abuse them in one form or another. This message may mean life or death to some who read it today....