Division of Mental Health Regions 3 & 4 Annual Consumer’s Conference

I wanted to make all who live in Illinois aware that I'll be speaking at the conference listed below. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask. This year it is being held in our state's capital Springfield and our topic is Roadmap to Recovery. We will be learning about the different paths [...]

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 [...]

Attachment to the Perpetrator

In my research that I have been doing for my book on attachment disorders, I was reminded of a subject I believe I have yet to tackle here on this site. Attachment to the perpetrator sounds like a disorder on its own, but it is the natural consequence of children who are being reared by [...]

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 [...]

If You Live in the United States and Need Help, Please Call

The tragedy of domestic violence takes place every day in many households in the United States and around the world. It isn't just the poor or the rich who suffer, it is also men and women, gay and straight, college professors and dropouts who find themselves helpless. No one is immune from finding themselves in [...]

Emotional Equations

If you are like me, you love equations and logic. Well, check this out. I found it on twitter (I think), and had to share. Don't forget to check out the Emotional Equations author, Chip Conley!  

Finding Beauty After Trauma

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

No One Tells the Sun When to Shine, It Simply Does

Living With Dissociative Identity Disorder Can Be Very Hard.

Surviving Treatment

  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 [...]

A Message of Hope

Once in a while there is a story that tugs at my heart and I must respond by writing about it. Below is such a story. Professor Stephen Hawking died recently and this past week a ceremony celebrating his life was held. His voice of reason and discovery will be horribly missed by the world. [...]

It’s Time for Another Fun Page!

Life has been horribly rough for me lately, and I'm sure I'm not the only one. So, here are some funny photos and memes to brighten your weekend! When it comes to living through rough days, all I can say is what the Proctologist said while examining his patient, "Bend over and smile, it'll be [...]

KATHY BROADY

A Wonderful Website by Cathy Brody, MSW

Body Image and DID

There are many parts of living with dissociative identity disorder that is difficult. They include not knowing from moment to moment if you have lost time, facing people who are upset because you have no idea what they are talking about and the never-ending fight to stay ahead of depression and anxiety. However, one of [...]