You May Not Have Heard of it, Somatic Symptom Disorder: Let’s Talk

Some who read my blog may find this post upsetting and I understand. I’m going to be walking on holy ground for many of us who live with dissociative identity disorder. I have lived dissociative identity disorder all my life, but now a new diagnosis has been added to explain my physical discomfort. Somatic symptom disorder (SSD) formerly [...]

Some Christmas Cheer from Me to You

Well, it's Christmas time and whether we like it or not, it comes every year.  I'm a bit of a Scrooge myself, so I decided today to post a funny page to cheer us all up! So, sit back and enjoy this silly, funny and a bit irreverent look at the holidays! It's Time for [...]

Remember to Seize the Day

I have posted this before, but today it seems very appropriate. Carpe Diem, Seize the Day! https://youtu.be/G2e_M06YDyY

Insights on Suicide from Someone Who Has Survived

Choosing to die by suicide has become an epidemic in the United States. I lost my mother to it in 2012 and have almost become a statistic at least three times. As many of you know already, I recently gave a short speech at a function to raise awareness of choosing to die by suicide. [...]

Athena Moberg and the CPTSD Foundation

In my last post, I mentioned the CPTSD Foundation. In this article, I thought I would tell you more about the foundation and its founder and President, Athena Moberg. In fact, I chose the opening gif to honor her bravery and dedication. Stand up and take a bow Athena Moberg! Athena Moberg The CPTSD Foundation [...]

Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (CPTSD) and Adverse Childhood Experiences

If you are like most people, you need a deeper explanation of Complex Traumatic-Stress Disorder. I wrote the following article for The CPTSD Foundation to aid others in understanding this life-altering condition that is the direct result of traumatic events either in childhood or as an adult. As many of my readers are living with dissociative identity [...]

Adverse Childhood Experiences and the Changes to the Human Brain

I've been writing for a wonderful organization the CPTSD Foundation. I was told I could share my pieces from their website. The CPTSD Foundation is dedicated to helping others. I'll use a quote from their website that describes what they do best. "Here at CPTSD Foundation, we are taking a revolutionary approach to healing from [...]

The Opioid Crisis in the U.S.: Who Is To Blame?

I know you don't hear from me as often as you used to, that is because I've been very busy networking and writing for other sites.  I'll try my best in the future not to be a stranger, especially since the Seasonal Affective Disorder seems to have calmed down. I'm feeling much, much better and [...]

My Thanksgiving Gift To You

Every year I post the story I wrote called The Big Blue Recliner. It's become sort of a tradition. I've made some important changes to the story this year and I hope you all enjoy it very much.- Don't forget to do good self-care as we kick off the holiday season. I'm going to do [...]

I Haven’t Forgotten You

Life has a funny way of biting us the butt sometimes. I mean, I had a nasty bout of seasonal affectiveness disorder that held me down for over a month. SAD affects millions of people living in the northern climate regions like I do. It brings on depression (duh), anxiety, and a sense of dread [...]

I Don’t Want to Feel Alone, but I Do

This post is going to be different. I'm not going to be brutally honest about how I have been feeling and it isn't pretty. I want to be honest with you so that you can see I do understand. I understand the struggles of living with dissociative identity disorder as much as anyone. Even more [...]

America Isn’t the Greatest Country in the World Anymore–But It Could Be

I've written previously about how I am dismayed and saddened by what is happening in my country. I once believed we were the best country to live in. We had freedom and seemed to be moving forward with equal rights for everyone. Not anymore. Now hate and despondency is the norm my country.  People are [...]

Dissociative Identity Disorder: A Sensational Diagnosis?

This morning I took a tour of the videos available on YouTube put out there by people about DID. What I found disturbed me. While some were honest videos from people in varying states of recovery, many were obviously created by people caught up in what they believe to be a sensational diagnosis.   Living [...]

I’m Deeply Saddened and Dismayed

I once believed like many others, that the United States was the Land of the Free. Now I am disheartened because my country has become the Land of the Fearful. Fascism is quickly becoming the religion of the U.S., and if it does not stop, if good people with good conscious do not end it, [...]

The New Edition of The Orchestra Analogy

I have posted the orchestra analogy before, but since I have new people who have begun to follow me, I thought I'd post it again. This version isn't the same as the one posted before. I have been thinking about it and have added more and simplified it. I think it now gives a clear [...]