World Suicide Prevention Day

  Across the world nearly 800,000 commit suicide each year which is one person every 40 seconds, according to the World Health Organisation. With 65,000 people attempting suicide each year and hundreds of thousands of people thinking about committing suicide, World Suicide Prevention day aims to open up the conversations and help those in the [...]

The Hazards of Living in the Past

This piece is about dwelling on what happened to we survivors in our pasts. It is not intended to belittle anyone’s traumatic pasts, nor is it intended to say that one should not look at their pasts with open eyes and live there for a time. It is intended to help other survivors see that [...]

The Lasting Effects of Broken Trust

Trigger Warning: The following article is full of references to abuse issues and mentions things that may be triggering to some. I do not and will not write specifics of abuse on my blog, but the emotions that even talking briefly about these issues can be upsetting. Before I begin this piece let me first [...]

Speaking Truth About Suicide

As a suicide survivor, I have a unique vantage point from which to speak on this this very difficult to discuss topic. Not only have I survived three suicide attempts myself, the first being when I was only seven years old, I have a very close family member who successfully completed hers. There are so [...]

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 [...]

Sometimes We All Need A Special Friend

Shirley J. Davis Living with any type of chronic illness, be it physical or emotional, is extremely difficult. Living with the effects of a mixture of both is not only highly traumatic, but can be very dangerous. Such is the case for a friend of mine by the name of Jill Sparks. I met Jill [...]

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 [...]

Changing The Dance of Grieving the Childhood that Never Was

Shirley J. Davis Content Advisory: Post contains information about child neglect and strong emotions and the content may be triggering to some individuals. * * * * * * * After reading this article through again, I decided it desperately needed not only some editing but also a note of hope to my readers before [...]

The Conflicting Emotions of an Abused Child

Shirley J. Davis In my travels down the road less taken, I’ve had to deal with emotions that I denied as a child. I’ve not done so because I wanted to, they were just been so overwhelming that I chose unconsciously to hide from them. One of the worse emotions I think I had to [...]

An Invitation for a Free Book on Dissociative Identity Disorder Just for You!

I have decided to offer my book The Tears Will Cease: Recovery from Dissociative Identity Disorder for free through my blog. I authored The Tears Will Cease with a good friend and co-authored, Jessica J. Baker, after I realized through doing an internet search, that there are a lot of books out there about DID, [...]

2017 Trauma & Dissociation Conference

The annual Trauma and Dissociation Conference is a wonderful experience for anyone who lives with a dissociative disorder. I went a few years ago, and it was a life changing event for me. I felt like I was finally home. I learned a great deal from the speakers, and made life long friends. It is [...]

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 [...]