Tag: Trauma

Trauma

What is it and how is it related to DID We’ve all heard the words trauma and traumatized used in pop culture plus newspapers and journals, but what is it? What makes trauma the heart of so many mental health diagnoses, and how can we combat it? Dissociative identity...

Trauma and Dissociative Identity Disorder

Healing from dissociative identity disorder requires understanding what it is and how one forms it, and many other aspects of the disorder.   Dissociative identity disorder (DID) is believed to be caused by trauma. This article will explore the relationship between trauma and DID. What is Trauma? Trauma is...

The Twin Destroyers of Healing: Shame and Self-Hatred

Healing from a childhood so full of trauma that it causes dissociative identity disorder (DID) is incredibly difficult and the road is hard and long. The two greatest destroyers of the healing process that poison our minds and keep us from progressing as we should are shame and self-hatred....

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...

Normal Vs. Abnormal Dissociation

One might think that dissociation is an abnormal condition that only happens to people who have lived experience with childhood trauma. They would be wrong. Dissociation is a totally normal human reaction to boredom or becoming overstressed. What happens when dissociation becomes abnormal? What are the causes for the...

Poetry from the Heart

Sometimes a poem is written that grabs at the heart and won’t let go. Such is this poem that was written by a friend of mine, Jessica Baker. Jessica doesn’t have dissociative identity disorder but she does have a related problem borderline personality disorder. Both come from traumatic histories...

Who Am I If I’m Not a Traumatic, Dramatic Mess?

Author’s Note: I apologize ahead of time for the tone of this piece. I had to write it in the third person so that I could post it elsewhere on the internet. Learning to live with a severe mental health condition known as dissociative identity disorder is something most...

A Preview of The  Newest Research on Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

There have been some truly remarkable research papers written about complex post-traumatic stress disorder (CPTSD) in the past few decades. Some of the research focuses exclusively on CPTSD while others can apply to any mental health disorder. In this article, I’m going to break the ice in the series...

Trauma-Informed Care

Many of you, like we who support in various ways the CPTSD Foundation, have survived one or more traumatic events. By traumatic events I offer the following definition I found on the Healthline website: “A traumatic event is an incident that causes physical, emotional, spiritual, or psychological harm. The person experiencing the distressing event may...