Dry Wells

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 [...]

Important Facts About Childhood Trauma

 

Grounding Techniques to Stay in Today

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 [...]

Mental Illness is a Human Condition!

100% OF PEOPLE IN THE WORLD WILL SUFFER FROM A MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS!

Learning to Live with DID

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, [...]

The Crime of Stigma Must End

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 [...]

Roadmap to Recovery-September 12, 2018

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 [...]

Child Alters

Who and What are Child Alters?

Traumatic Memory Retrieval in Dissociative Identity Disorder

Have you ever wanted to know just of what a "repressed" memory is and how it is formed?

Treating the Brain Damage Caused by Severe Childhood Trauma

Can Mental Health Disorders be Cured? There is Hope!

The Dark Abyss Called Depression

The abyss of depression is deep, but there is hope!

Breaking Free: Stage One

Breaking free of the affects of the past takes time. My goal is to offer hope.