Being open to other people about the severe abuse I suffered as a child has been very challenging. At first, I wore a sign on my forehead that said, “incest” and when I shook hands with someone I would announce, “Hi, my name is Shirley and I’m a survivor of severe childhood trauma.” I am [...]
One of the hardest parts of having lived through severe childhood trauma is the ways it affects daily adult life. Flashbacks, depression, negativity and feelings of needing to escape are only a few of them. How can we mitigate these life-altering side effects? Grounding techniques. There are as many methods to grounding as [...]
100% OF PEOPLE IN THE WORLD WILL SUFFER FROM A MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS!
First, let me begin this post with an apology. Several months ago, I stated I was going to begin a series of posts about the ten stages involved with learning to live with the effects dissociative identity disorder. However, life got in the way and I didn’t carry through with that promise. Well, [...]
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a fact that most of you are already aware. The goal of having a month in honor of those who live with mental health challenges is to start a conversation about mental illness. Only if mental illness is brought out into the bright sunlight can it be recognized not [...]
A VERY IMPORTANT EVENT IS COMING TO SPRINGFIELD ILLINOIS!
Today I baring my soul.
Are you afraid to fail?
I'm have been on the planning committee for the Region 3-4 conference. This event is planned, and held by people with mental health challenges. I am proud to announce our next conference to be held on September. I've attended and spoken at the Region 3-4 conference and I urge providers, peers and loved ones living [...]
Who and What are Child Alters?
Have you ever wanted to know just of what a "repressed" memory is and how it is formed?
Can Mental Health Disorders be Cured? There is Hope!
The abyss of depression is deep, but there is hope!
Breaking free of the affects of the past takes time. My goal is to offer hope.