One Year After My Therapist Retired

Losing a therapist for any reason can feel like there has been a significant death in the family.

Three Basic Choices All Humans Face in Life

We all have three basic choices in life, give up, give in, or give it all you've got.

Escaping from the Cage of Childhood Trauma

I’ve spent a lot of time trapped in my own morass of emotions. True, the traumatic things that happened in my childhood first put me in the quagmire of self-pity and fear I have lived in, but later in life I chose of my own volition to remain there. As an adult, I found myself [...]

When Your Locus is Out of Control

Locus of control is a state of mind where we place our belief in how the outcomes of our lives internally or externally. Looking for someone else to make us happy is external locus of control, and a recipe for disaster. Looking inward for control over our lives and destiny is preferable, but must be [...]

Solitary Confinement?

My brother and I have been discussing a very interesting quote made by the late Tennessee Williams which reads as follows: “We are all sentenced to solitary confinement inside our own skins, for life.” He brought this quote to my attention because he said after speaking with me and understanding how a person living with [...]

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 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 [...]

And Now For Something Completely Different!

Shirley J. Davis I have been posting some pretty heavy things lately, and I decided to write something much more light. So, I went through and found some of my favorite jokes. While mental health issues are definitely not funny, sometimes laughter helps to ease the stress of recovery. I am not all business, and [...]

The Trauma of Losing a Therapist

Shirley J. Davis Recovery from a severe mental condition such as Dissociative Identity Disorder is not easy. It takes many years of psychotherapy, patience and a lot of guts. I know, because I have spent the past 27 years doing just that. I was extremely fortunate to have met and worked with a wonderful Psychologist [...]