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The Problem of Misdiagnosis with Dissociative Identity Disorder

Finding a mental health professional who is a good fit is difficult for anyone. However, if you have dissociative identity disorder as I do, the chances of finding a therapist or psychiatrist who knows how to treat DID are minimal.   Dissociative identity disorder affects 1-2% of the population,...

Codependency After Childhood Sexual Abuse

Codependency causes people to feed off each other’s emotions and to lose their ability to care for themselves. Codependency is a cruel dance where one person needs the other who needs to be needed. Thus, you end up with one adult being the giver and the other the taker....

The Beauty of Self-Discovery

There is a lot of talk today about finding yourself and being true to yourself.   But what if you have dissociative identity disorder and have spent your entire life hating who you are? What then? How on earth do you change the attitude that you hold stating you...

Common Myths Surrounding Dissociative Identity Disorder

I am going to my brothers for Christmas and wanted to post something interesting to my site before I go. This piece has been published before here on Learnaboutdid.com, but I thought it worthy of a reprint. You all try to have a good holiday. Remember, you are not...

The Choice of Gratitude

The current series, because it is November, has focused on gratitude. We have explored together topics such as toxic positivity and its effect on survivors of complex trauma. We have discovered that gratitude, when experienced without guilt or shame, is healthy and can aid in the healing process.  ...

The Importance of Self-Love

The topic of self-love often makes survivors cringe as they cannot seem to understand that it is okay to love oneself. Self-love is one of the most important things you can do to overcome the negative effects of dissociative identity disorder (DID).   In this article together we will...

Complex Trauma, False Gratitude, and Letting Go

In the first article of this series, we focused on toxic positivity and gratitude shaming. We spoke about how while gratitude is an important part of our life; it is unnecessary to be grateful for the harmful things that have happened to us such as childhood trauma. This article...

Must I Be Grateful? Toxic Positivity and Gratitude Shaming

Check out this article and many like it on CPTSD Foundation’s website at https://www.cptsdfoundation.org   November is the month of Thanksgiving; a month to look at one’s life and be grateful for what we have. Over turkey and the fixings, we are supposed to sit around a table Norman Rockwell...

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...

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...