Recovery Is…

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 [...]

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 [...]

Finding Beauty After Trauma

Enjoy the beauty around you, after all, you only get one life.

Being an Invisible Child

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 [...]

Ivory Garden DID Support Group and Chat

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 [...]

The Freedom of Responsibility

We all must make decisions in life. Do we do it in freedom or pain?

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!

Breaking Free: Stage One

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

Do You Understand the Difference?

Whose fault/responsibility is my life? Mine or someone else's?

It’s Time for Therapist’s to Reexamine Their Thoughts on Their Client’s Ability to Get Well

Therapist's need to believe their client's can and will heal

I Refuse to be Undefined by Trauma

Just who is Shirley J. Davis?

The Neuropsychiatry of Dissociative Identity Disorder

What changes occur in the brains of people who live with DID?

Rising from the Flames: My Story

I have risen like a Phoenix from the flames that made me who I am. This is my personal story.

Shame in Adulthood

A scholarly paper on shame.