Living with dissociative identity disorder is very hard a majority of the time. The intrusive thoughts, emotions, and behaviors can make our lives hell. To make matters worse, singletons (people who do not have the diagnosis of DID) don’t understand our plight. It’s not that people don’t care, they just find our disorder intriguing at [...]
There are as many definitions to the word "recovery" as there are people who are attempting to reach it. We who were brutally traumatized in childhood aren't really in "recovery" as we didn't start in life whole, rather we are attempting to make our lives better while living with the effects of having been harmed [...]
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 [...]
Enjoy the beauty around you, after all, you only get one life.
I have often told people that surviving the treatment for dissociative identity disorder was as hard as surviving the trauma that caused it. I thought I’d write a piece explaining what I mean by this statement. Entering the Flames of Hell Somewhere in late 1989, when I was twenty-nine years old, I [...]
I am facing my forty-year graduating class anniversary dinner in August. Such an event usually causes people to look forward to speaking with and seeing the people with which you went to school. For me the prospect brings back memories and emotions that are not lovely. I can remember moving to Illinois from [...]
I have been privileged to belong for many years to an online support group called Ivory Garden. Through it I have found lasting friendships and hope that has helped to carry me to where I am in my new life after trauma. There are those who think that this site is like other dissociative [...]
We all must make decisions in life. Do we do it in freedom or pain?
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!
Breaking free of the affects of the past takes time. My goal is to offer hope.
Whose fault/responsibility is my life? Mine or someone else's?
Just who is Shirley J. Davis?
What changes occur in the brains of people who live with DID?
An important work by Dr. Bessell van der Kulk