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Welcome to Dissociative Identity Disorder in a Nutshell, a site dedicated to the dissemination of truthful information not only about DID, but also sharing lessons about life. I am very humbled and honored you have decided to stop by. Please let me know if there is any information or questions you may have about this [...]

Book Review on Dissociative Identity Disorder In A Nutshell: A First-Hand Account

I wish to thank Laura Marchildon for the wonderful book review she did on my book Dissociative Identity Disorder in a Nutshell: A First-Hand Account. I am grateful for her objectivity and truthfulness. One thing Laura pointed out to me in our email  is that  the book she reviewed was very short. For this reason, [...]

Kicking the Can Down the Road

Humans are motivated by their behaviors, motivations and goals and one thing we all do is to kick the can down the road. We spend an inordinate about of time and energy doing the things we want to satisfy our desires, regardless of the consequences, telling ourselves that it will all turn out fine somehow. [...]

Life Isn’t Easy, Life Isn’t Fair

There are two basic facts about life that many people either were never taught or they try to say do not apply to themselves: Life isn’t easy and life isn’t fair. These two concepts are true for everyone, no matter your financial status, your ethnic background, your sexual orientation, or your religious affiliation. Yet, we [...]

Podcast on CoreBrain Journal About DID

I have spoken on a podcast for The Core Brain Journal. I spoke on the realities of living with Dissociative Identity Disorder. Please check out the link below and let me know what you think. Pod Cast on DID

All Humans Have Ego States

There is a lot of confusion in the minds of people living with Dissociative Identity Disorder, mental health clinicians, and the general public about what the different parts involved in DID actually are and how they are formed. I would like to try to shed some light on this important subject. Although I am not [...]

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 [...]

Life is Full of Important Lessons

There are many ways I could speak of the occurrences which have happened throughout my life, and the people who I have encountered along the way. I could be bitter and full of thoughts of revenge at those who harmed me and the things I have missed out on because of that maltreatment and I [...]

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 Cleansing Power of Tears

Shirley J. Davis Tears are nature’s release valve for the human soul. When we cry, we take our frustrations, fears and grief and allow them to vent so that our minds can reset. If you grew up like I did, in an abusive and traumatic family situation, you may have been afraid to weep. As [...]

I Am A Warrior, and I Will Do No Harm

I decided to write this piece outlining the reasons I do not use material that describes who the person(s) were who perpetrated the severe abuse I experienced as a child. 

Wow! I’m Simply Blown Away!

Shirley J. Davis Wow! I just want to say I am so humbled and grateful for all the views and likes my blog has gotten this past month! It means the world to me that you came and read my work! Getting the truth about Dissociative Identity Disorder out to the world is very important [...]

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 [...]

Wonderful Artwork by Myriad

Shirley J. Davis The artwork featured below was drawn by my friend Myriad. This little child is just a small example of just how talented and wonderful people who live with Dissociative Identity Disorder truly can be. My talent is writing, but there are musicians and artists of every ilk who come from horrible circumstances [...]

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 [...]