So here we go again. The second season of the Showtime series "United States of Tara" starring the Emmy Award winner Toni Collette has begun. The first season was full of controversial episodes, and most of the survivor population with dissociative identity disorder was disappointed and angered by the series. Even though some of the best-known trauma psychiatrists were allegedly acting as advisors for the show, … [Read more...]
The Changing of the Seasons — Does This Impact You and Your System?
These days mark another season change. For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, it will be the first day of spring. For those of us in the Southern Hemisphere, it will be the beginning of autumn. The first day of spring, the first day of summer, the first day of autumn, and the first day of winter are all significant and difficult days for many trauma survivors with Dissociative Identity … [Read more...]
Picturing the Healing Process for Dissociative Identity Disorder
This set of picture-postcards demonstrates a passage through time for a trauma survivor with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID / MPD). These pictures show different phases of the dissociative healing process, and illustrate how healing occurs. Notice that they move from a more shattered, painful, chaotic place to a calmer, structured, organized place. Where there is originally nothing but a fragmented … [Read more...]
Dual Mask – A Picture of Dissociative Identity Disorder
Here is the next picture in the series about DID artwork. Dual Mask Even the title of this painting indicates Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID / MPD). Masks are a common metaphor used by the dissociative survivor. In this picture, where are the masks? What are the masks covering? What does the “real” person, or the rest of the person look like? Where are the others in the system? Are they … [Read more...]
Can You Picture Dissociative Identity Disorder?
What is it like to live with Dissociative Identity Disorder? How does it feel to have Dissociative Identity Disorder? What do you wish others could understand about DID? Have you found it hard to put the experience of Dissociative Identity Disorder into words? Sometimes pictures say a thousand words. Dissociative Identity Disorder can be hard to explain in words, … [Read more...]
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