WELCOME! THANK YOU FOR STOPPING BY!

Welcome to Dissociative Identity Disorder in a Nutshell, a site dedicated to the dissemination of truthful information not only about DID, but also sharing lessons about life. I am very humbled and honored you have decided to stop by. Please let me know if there is any information or questions you may have about this [...]

World Suicide Prevention Day

  Across the world nearly 800,000 commit suicide each year which is one person every 40 seconds, according to the World Health Organisation. With 65,000 people attempting suicide each year and hundreds of thousands of people thinking about committing suicide, World Suicide Prevention day aims to open up the conversations and help those in the [...]

The Hazards of Living in the Past

This piece is about dwelling on what happened to we survivors in our pasts. It is not intended to belittle anyone’s traumatic pasts, nor is it intended to say that one should not look at their pasts with open eyes and live there for a time. It is intended to help other survivors see that [...]

The Illusion of Control

Well, since my last post about life went over so well, I thought I’d post about the most common illusion found among mankind, the illusion that we have control over our lives and the lives of others. Please remember, I’m writing about lessons I’ve garnered from living through the hell of psychotherapy. These lessons may [...]

Life Isn’t Easy, Life Isn’t Fair

There are two basic facts about life that many people either were never taught or they try to say do not apply to themselves: Life isn’t easy and life isn’t fair. These two concepts are true for everyone, no matter your financial status, your ethnic background, your sexual orientation, or your religious affiliation. Yet, we [...]

The Lasting Effects of Broken Trust

Trigger Warning: The following article is full of references to abuse issues and mentions things that may be triggering to some. I do not and will not write specifics of abuse on my blog, but the emotions that even talking briefly about these issues can be upsetting. Before I begin this piece let me first [...]

Podcast on CoreBrain Journal About DID

I have spoken on a podcast for The Core Brain Journal. I spoke on the realities of living with Dissociative Identity Disorder. Please check out the link below and let me know what you think. Pod Cast on DID

Growing Pains in The United States of America

This blog is not a political platform to put forward anyone's agenda. However, I cannot and will not remain silent when what our country stands for is being attacked. The purpose of the following article is not to insight fear, hatred, pride or any other emotion. Rather, it's purpose is to try and help people [...]

Life is Full of Important Lessons

There are many ways I could speak of the occurrences which have happened throughout my life, and the people who I have encountered along the way. I could be bitter and full of thoughts of revenge at those who harmed me and the things I have missed out on because of that maltreatment and I [...]

Self-Love and Acceptance

One of the fundamental things that happens to a person who has been severely mistreated in childhood is the inability to experience self-acceptance and self-love. I would address this problem in this article. Humans begin to form relationships with others at birth (some believe even sooner) and our mother is usually the first person with [...]

The Cleansing Power of Tears

Shirley J. Davis Tears are nature’s release valve for the human soul. When we cry, we take our frustrations, fears and grief and allow them to vent so that our minds can reset. If you grew up like I did, in an abusive and traumatic family situation, you may have been afraid to weep. As [...]

Wow! I’m Simply Blown Away!

Shirley J. Davis Wow! I just want to say I am so humbled and grateful for all the views and likes my blog has gotten this past month! It means the world to me that you came and read my work! Getting the truth about Dissociative Identity Disorder out to the world is very important [...]

The Rare Case of a Supportive Family Member

Shirley J. Davis The circumstances surrounding the diagnosis of Dissociative Identity Disorder make for some very lonely times for the person who learns the live with the condition. Often the family members of the diagnosed feel they are being attacked just because the person has sought the help of a professional to help them get [...]

Wonderful Artwork by Myriad

Shirley J. Davis The artwork featured below was drawn by my friend Myriad. This little child is just a small example of just how talented and wonderful people who live with Dissociative Identity Disorder truly can be. My talent is writing, but there are musicians and artists of every ilk who come from horrible circumstances [...]

Sometimes We All Need A Special Friend

Shirley J. Davis Living with any type of chronic illness, be it physical or emotional, is extremely difficult. Living with the effects of a mixture of both is not only highly traumatic, but can be very dangerous. Such is the case for a friend of mine by the name of Jill Sparks. I met Jill [...]