Your Motivation for February 12, 2019. We Have Endured

Good morning. Once again I'm in your inbox with another motivational post. I love to watch programs about archeology. The Archeologists dig into the ruins of ancient civilizations to find the treasures hidden far below ground that has been buried for sometimes thousands of years. I find it fascinating that many of the items found [...]

Men: The Forgotten Victims in the #MeToo Movement

I had a conversation recently with a man who is a survivor of severe childhood trauma. He had endured enough trauma to form dissociative identity disorder and then grew up to get involved in a painfully violent relationship. No, he was not the abuser in their partnership, she was. This person, whom I will call [...]

The Power of Fusion

Fusion doesn't mean becoming a singleton or losing parts of yourself, rather it means growing into a fuctional whole.

Ivory Garden, Living Together with Dissociation

There is a wonderful online resource of hope and support for anyone who experiences dissociation. I have spoken of this wite before, but it has relocated to a different URL. The website I'm speaking of is Ivory Garden Living Together with Dissociation. Ivory Garden was the first site I found after I moved in with [...]

Why Do Survivors Suffer Such Painful Emotions at Christmas Time?

The CPTSD Foundation Donation Page. Thank you.

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 [...]