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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Reaching Out With the Truth of Dissociative Identity Disorder

As many of my readers know, I take every opportunity I possibly can to spread the truth about DID so that the stigma will end. Well, the man I work for, Randeep Singh, has allowed me to write a post that talks about some of the aspects of DID and how it has affected my [...]

Trauma Informed Care

  Most of you, my readers, understand the definition of trauma having lived through more than enough as children. However, how many of you know what is meant by trauma-informed care? In this article, we are going to explore what trauma-informed care is and the different ways it can be incorporated into a therapeutic relationship [...]

I Need Your Story to Publish

Hi, it’s Shirley  I wanted to send out invitations to all my friends telling you about an opportunity I have gotten involved with called PatientNextDoor. No, it’s not a get quick scheme, nothing like that. It’s a new blog.site and smartphone application.  I’m not selling anything either, so don’t worry, that’s not what this invitation is about. PatientNextDoor is [...]

Hurry to Hear My New Interview on TAASTAA with Hanna Kebedde

Gotta love that lab muppet! Anyway, I was interviewed on a podcast by Hanna Kebedde and it was broadcast last evening. She was gracious enough to share the link to share with all of you! So, tune in and sit down for an indepth interview of me talking about what I know about dissociative identity [...]

Family-To-Family Classes Through NAMI

I am a member of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, or as it is commonly called NAMI. This group is a grassroots organization dedicated to helping those who live with mental health conditions and their families. Their secondary goal is to end the stigma that often accompanies a mental health diagnosis. I belong to [...]

Names on a Gravestone

I get contemplative while washing dishes. I’m not sure why I just always have. Today while washing the noodles off my little nephew’s bowl and spoon from lunch, I stood with my hands in the warm soapy and water thinking. My mind wondered as it often does to mortality and how all humans have a [...]

Research Backs Up the Truth: Parents Who Are Invalidating Harm Kids

I was reading my email this morning and came across an article that proved what I've said here about being invalidated in childhood.  In the article on Psychology Today    I found a piece backing up what we who were the victims of this kind of treatment have always known, it damaged us. Granted, the article [...]

Change the Language to Change the Conversation–The Power of Speech

The words we use to describe ourselves have a huge impact on how we are treated. If we call ourselves by a term that means something negative, we will inevitably be treated in a negative fashion.   There are terms used to describe those of us who live with mental health conditions. However, those words, [...]

Once Again, Life Isn’t Easy, Life Isn’t Fair

  I wrote this article several months ago. I received a huge response in ways I had not anticipated. There were those who were interested and glad to hear what I had to say. But, there were those who grew extremely angry with me for what I said. So, being the sucker for punishment that [...]

Ivory Garden DID Support Group and Chat

I have been privileged to belong for many years to an online support group called Ivory Garden. Through it I have found lasting friendships and hope that has helped to carry me to where I am in my new life after trauma.   There are those who think that this site is like other dissociative [...]

Mental Illness is a Human Condition!

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