10 New Additions to Discussing Dissociation Designed to Help Your DID System
How closely have you been watching Discussing Dissociation?
Which one of these 10 new additions will be most helpful for you and your system?
There have been a lot of changes and additions made to the Discussing Dissociation blog in recent months. You may have noticed many of them, but in case you haven’t, I’ve made a list so you can be aware of the updates and improvements. I think these are important and cool additions to the site, and I’m excited to share these resources with you and your dissociative system.
Hopefully, each and every one of these changes will improve your experience, and give you even more options / resources for DID healing. The whole point for expanding the resources and options available at this blog is to meet as many different needs as possible.
Did you notice the following additions to Discussing Dissociation?
New resources: three podcasts about DID and dissociation are already available. In case you’d like to hear me explain info about DID, these podcasts can be a nice new resource for those of you who might appreciate listening instead of reading.
Becky’s “That B Word” podcast is much more about DID. This is a fun, upbeat interview full of all kinds of DID info. I had a good time teaching about Dissociative Identity Disorder, and I hope you have the opportunity to listen.
The TAASTTA podcasts are more general, and address dissociation and dissociative coping strategies for trauma survivors.
I hope you like these interviews as more podcasts are coming.
By the way, if you listen to or host a mental health podcast and would like to have Kathy has a guest speaker on that podcast, please contact the Client Care Team for more information.
A new Podcast category has been added to simplify finding a listing of all podcasts in one place. You can find the Podcast category underneath the green TV and Video tab near the header. Mouse over “TV and Video” and the dropdown menu will show Podcasts. Click on Podcasts to be shown a list of articles that connect to any of the various podcasts.
2. Introducing the “Support this Site” Option.
After several different readers of the Discussing Dissociation blog approached me about this idea, I decided to add this feature. At first I was opposed to the idea, and then….
Then a DID survivor explained to me that she wanted a way to be able to GIVE to this site as a way to show her gratitude and appreciation from her own system, but also, it was important to her to be able to contribute to the ongoing growth and development of this site, and to “pay it forward” for the healing opportunities for other DID survivors. (I think she also wanted to make sure that I stayed around and didn’t get too tired to continue adding to this site!) But in all seriousness, she found the resources here at DD to be tremendously helpful for her own healing, and she wanted to do more than say thank you. She wanted to give back, and make sure other dissociative survivors had resources as well.
Wow. That kinda blew me away!
So yes… after some careful consideration, the addition of a Support This Site option has been added.
Some DD community members have already contributed a one-time only amount, and other community members have signed up for a recurring monthly amount. (Thank you!!) There are a variety of options available.
I have been very surprised to see the positive response from the DD Community. I can’t tell you how much this means to me on a personal level, and how it encourages me to continue this work. I started this site, 9.5 years ago, because it felt important to make helpful DID information available for anyone in the world. For y’all to step in and choose to support that concept feels absolutely amazing. Thank you. Seriously, thank you.
I can’t do it alone, so by all means, if we all join in and help fund the resources needed by DID survivors, we can make this site an INCREDIBLE source of support.
THANK YOU for your ongoing SUPPORT!
You can find the Support This Site option in the right hand column of the Home Page.
3. Our Forum is coming, our Forum is coming!
Very soon, you will see introductory forum information for the Discussing Dissociation Community Forum. Laura, Kerry the computer gal, the Client Care Team, and myself are already working on it!
I have already created a new video and written a Survey of 10 questions to ask your thoughts, concerns, expectations, etc. These will be available this month.
I hope anyone and everyone who has the slightest interest or curiosity about this new forum will participate in the Survey and sign up for Early Bird Notifications about the progress we’re making.
I’ve been dropping lots of hints about our new DD Forum, and yes, you will receive more official information about the Discussing Dissociation Community Forum soon.
Stay tuned and please watch this space!
4. Introducing Alex — our newest addition on the Client Care Team.
Claire is still here — so please don’t panic — we haven’t lost her!
And yes, Alex is here! Alex is here!
We are bringing in Alex to expand the Client Care Team and to help Claire with various admin tasks and provide even more top quality care for you. Alex will also be at the front lines of the incoming emails and he will help guide you in the right direction if you need assistance at this site. Please don’t be alarmed if you receive an email signed by someone named Alex — he’s on our team now.
Claire has come to know many of the readers here, and she understands the importance of writing with softness, compassion, and empathy. She specifically selected Alex as a person who also writes with these skills, so you know… I’m happy to have both Claire and Alex on board.
Alex is a gentle soul, and he’s going to be a great asset to our team. Besides, when our Forum opens, we are definitely going to need Alex’s help to keep up with all the extra emails, questions, and any confusion with the sign-up process. I’m hoping we have lots of forum members, and I hope we keep Alex VERY busy!
If you want to write to Alex and say hi to him, please feel free to contact him via email or the Contact Me page. I’m sure he’d be happy to write you back!
5. We added the Testimonials Page.
Do you have trust issues and wonder if I am who I say I am?
Would you trust the opinion of other dissociative survivors and their view of me and this blog?
Do you want to see what other DID survivors are saying about this blog?
Social proof is really important nowadays, especially since the internet is full of all kinds of information, both helpful and not so helpful. It’s important to do your research, and to make sure any mental health person is valid, reliable, genuine, etc.
I am happy, and honored, to show you what DID survivors around here are saying about Discussing Dissociation.
You can find the Testimonials Page up at the very top left corner of the Home page. Scroll over the “About” tab, and the third dropdown option is “Testimonials”. Click on that to see what folks have felt when they interact here at Discussing Dissociation.
And if you’d like to add your OWN Testimonial, please contact Claire or Alex, and send it on in! We would all be very pleased, and honored, to post your thoughts and opinions too.
6. We’ve added better functionality.
The most popular articles will now load more quickly for you, thanks to some helpful work done by Kerry, the computer girl. The number of comments allowed “per page” has been limited so that each individual page can load easier. The article stays the same at the top, but the comments themselves get “paged”. Cool concept, hey?!
Not to worry — each and every blog article can still have an unlimited number of comments so please keep posting! Comments in older areas are welcome as much as the newer areas, as each article, and each comment can stimulate new discussions.
If you scroll down all the way to the very bottom of the comments (on an article where the limits have been reached), you’ll see that we have added links for Older Comments / Newer Comments. Click on those links, and you’ll be able to read the rest of the comments made on that particular article.
This is a really cool feature — wish I had known about it sooner!
And…. considering we have ALMOST reached 10,000 comments on this blog (Spam free!!), it is crucial to be able to see them all. YOUR VOICE MATTERS!! WELL DONE, EVERYONE for all the active, valuable participation!
7. ALL those wonderful comments on ONCS are visible again!
The conversational discussion thread for DID Survivors, Our Normal Complicated Selves — a place to write about anything (ONCS), has well over 1000 comments on that page alone, and frankly, had gotten too large to load. Many people could no longer participate as the page just wasn’t opening for them.
As mentioned above, we have fixed that issue by adding Older Comments / Newer Comment links at the bottom of the page.
Anyone and everyone should be able to see it and join in the discussions now. Thank goodness!
There is some super good info and some powerful conversations written in those 1000+ comments, so I am relieved they have been added back-in-view.
I very much appreciate the conversations occurring between the Community Members here at this blog, and if you haven’t participated in these discussions, you are most certainly welcome to do so.
Please remember, you do not have to use your legal name or any kind of identifying name to post your comments anywhere on this blog. I encourage you to select a nickname, a system name, maybe your first name, or even a non-name. Your privacy is important, and it’s very okay to keep your official name to yourself.
8. We’ve added a second DID survivor discussion thread.
When ONCS was struggling to load right, we added a second area for DID survivor conversations as way to keep writing while the computer girl had time to fix the problem. The community support experienced here at Discussing Dissociation is just far too important to not have an active, workable option.
Feel free to comment here, or on the original ONCS page. Your thoughts, comments, questions, and participation are welcome!
Let’s keep the conversations going!
9. We’ve added automatic Emails announcing new blog articles.
Not to worry — I will continue to write new and personal emails for you — but I am often quite slow to announce a new article that has just been written. I realize you are busy, and may not have time to check here on the blog for new posts on a regular basis either.
SO… to make sure you are informed of new blog articles shortly after they are posted, these new automatic emails will send you a quick and easy link to the new information. I hope you find these to be helpful.
Plus, when I post new articles in NOT the main area, (such as this one), these automatic emails will help you to be aware of ALL the new posts that go in. Gotta keep the communication open!
10. We’re adding more Bear Stories!
This is a little sneaky peek, and I’m getting a tiny bit ahead of myself, but I did want to let you know that ElleBear is on her way!
ElleBear’s story has been written and her Story Pack will be along soon. Oh, and “ElleBear” is pronounced “Elley” like jelly, not Elle like bell. Getting the right name is important!
I wonder what ElleBear’s story will be about?
As you can see, we’ve been busy around here! With more to come…. of course!
As I mentioned in the “Support this Site” section, I am 100% committed to making Discussing Dissociation an incredible, helpful, useful, supportive, and informative site for dissociative survivors, their supportive loved ones, and their mental health professionals. I believe that beauty, and kindness, and compassion, and understanding, and safety, and communication can go a LONG WAYS in helping your whole system to find peace and healing.
I’m so glad you’re here. THANK YOU for being part of this wonderful, growing community. I hope you can find what you need while you’re here. If not, please don’t hesitate to write in and ask for assistance. We’re here to help!
I wish you the very best in your healing journey.
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