I Am Not Abnormal

  Shirley J. Davis I live with a mental health diagnosis that many people find fascinating, Dissociative Identity Disorder, once known as Multiple Personality Disorder. The interest people have in my diagnosis always astounds me. Most of what people know about DID is what they have heard and seen...

A Call to Connection: Making Childhood Trauma Personal

Dr. Allison Jackson TEDxRVA Child abuse and neglect are subjects everyone is uncomfortable talking about. To many it seems easier to turn a blind eye to our neighbors or family members who are either victims or perpetrators, telling ourselves it is none of our business and we don’t want...

Ego State Formation

  Shirley J. Davis All humans have ego states. We begin forming them before we are born and continue doing so until we die. As infants, we learn through our five senses about our world and file these newly formed impressions as ego states using the hippocampus, a part...

Dispelling Myths About Dissociative Identity Disorder

  By Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S. https://psychcentral.com/lib/dispelling-myths-about-dissociative-identity-disorder/   Dissociative identity disorder (DID), known previously as multiple personality disorder, is not a real disorder. At least, that’s what you might’ve heard in the media, and even from some mental health professionals. DID is arguably one of the most misunderstood and controversial diagnoses in...

The Realities of Living with Dissociative Identity Disorder

  Shirley J. Davis One in four people in the United States will experience some type mental health crisis in their lifetimes. Since this is Mental Health Awareness Month, I am writing as many articles as I possibly can during May to try to end the stigma involved in...

I Will Remain Silent No More

  I have written three books and many articles that have been posted about social media, but in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, I have decided to write a piece outlining my mental health diagnosis and some of the realities of living with it. This work is not...

The Harmony of Integration

  Shirley J. Davis Integration. A word that causes a lot of controversy among people living with Dissociative Identity Disorder. The disputation is mainly internal, as people like myself try to come to terms with exactly what integration means. Does it mean absorbing our alters and in effect killing...

Mirror Mirror on the Wall

  Shirley J. Davis One of the seldom discussed phenomenon which often accompanies Dissociative Identity Disorder is the presence of visual hallucinations. These hallucinations can take the form of seeing an alter in the mirror who looks completely different from the body of the person living with DID. Let...

Research on Dissociative Identity Disorder

Slogar, S. (2011). “Dissociative Identity Disorder: Overview and Current Research.” Inquiries Journal/Student Pulse, 3(05). Retrieved from http://www.inquiriesjournal.com/a?id=525 Dissociative Identity Disorder: Overview and Current Research By Sue-Mei Slogar 2011, VOL. 3 NO. 05 Abstract This paper entails a description of factors related to diagnosis and treatment of Dissociative Identity Disorder....

Affect of Trauma on a Child’s Brain

  D’Orazio, S. J. (2016). “Assessing the Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences on Brain Development.” Inquiries Journal, 8(07). Retrieved from http://www.inquiriesjournal.com/a?id=1429 Assessing the Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences on Brain Development By Stephen J. D’Orazio 2016, VOL. 8 NO. 07 Abstract In this paper, I review the course of...