We Need to Talk About Suicide Prevention

***Trigger Warning*** This piece discusses suicide and suicidal ideation, and some people might find it disturbing. If you or someone you know is suicidal, please, contact your physician, go to your local ER, or call the suicide prevention hotline in your country. For the United States, the numbers are...

Surviving the Fire of the Past

In this article, I want to share with you what happens when a therapist believes in and bands with their client. The Beginning On September 4, 1980, made a pact with me that I would die by suicide on my thirtieth birthday. It was a sincere promise to myself...

Compassion Fatigue

Burning out in love. Normally I write articles geared toward people living with a severe mental health condition, but today I wish to acknowledge those who love them. Andy met Sue and fell in love with her immediately. She told him she lived with dissociative identity disorder and that...

Magical Thinking and the “Not Me” Phenomenon

There are some major differences in the way people experience dissociative identity, such as the number of alters present and how often they switch. However, there are two phenomena that nearly all people living with DID experience magic thinking and the “not me” phenomenon. Today we’ll explore together these...

Substance Abuse and Dissociative Identity Disorder

Dozens of coexisting diagnoses often accompany dissociative identity disorder (DID). One condition that isn’t often spoken about is the propensity for forming substance abuse problems. Let’s tackle together the complicated and often painful topic of substance abuse and dissociative identity disorder. Why Do We Form Substance Abuse Problems? Survivors...

How to Find the Therapist that is Right for You

There are thousands of therapists in the United States and, unless you live in a rural area, many for you to choose from. Yet, finding a therapist that is a good fit, especially one who treats dissociative identity disorder (DID), can be a daunting task. Asking questions and vetting...

Impostor Syndrome

Have you ever experienced that nagging feeling that if people really knew what you were like, they wouldn’t like you? Or how about thinking that someday people will find out you are a fraud because you aren’t really as talented as everyone thinks? Those feelings and the symptoms that...

Becoming Stuck in the Trauma of the Past

There are many roadblocks to healing from dissociative identity disorder (DID). There is finding an experienced therapist, finding the funds to pay them, and dealing with the chaos that comes with beginning treatment. However, one roadblock stands out more than all the rest and it can occur at any...

Reparenting to Heal the Wounded Inner Child

Human children are born without any means to defend themselves or face the world. Children are totally dependent upon their parents for love, acceptance, and shelter. Sometimes parents fail to provide the emotional, psychological, and physical shelter required for healthy children. This results in adults who are stuck in...

Healing Trauma Through Inner Child Work

So far, in this series on the inner child, we have discussed inner children, and how, when they are wounded, they can affect adult life. We learned that every person has an inner child that is part of our psyche, that is a childish self, inside all of us....