Five years. Yes, five. December 2013 marks the five year anniversary of the Discussing Dissociation blog. Five years. FIVE years already already. Wow. Where does the time go? At this moment, there are over 200 articles written about dissociative disorders, and over 3400 comments from the people who understand dissociative disorders better than anyone else in the world -- thank you for your comments, … [Read more...]
Just for FUN!!
All too often, the healing work for dissociative trauma survivors is so very heavy, and filled full of pain, heartbreak, struggles, anguish, horrors, fears, conflict, etc. Too many days can too easily feel like the healing process is far too difficult to be worth it. When it feels like that, it is really important to remember to take a few breaks from the hard stuff, and to save room for fun. It’s like … [Read more...]
Not Getting to Be Your True Self – But Whose Life is it Anyway?
Do you get to be your real self? I’ve been wondering what else I could teach about Dissociative Identity Disorder, using an episode of United States of Tara as the example. Then I remembered the last minute of a show about Buck and his emotional pain. And I thought more of how very painful and how very real that heartbreak is for Buck. Throughout this season two, Tara has struggled with the fact … [Read more...]
Hopelessness and Despair
Some days just feel too hard. Those days feel like you just can’t make it through… Those are the days when you wish you could curl up in a ball, and sleep or stare all day long… Or hide away forever… Ever had a day like that? Ever felt like your problems were just toooooo big? Or tooooo never-ending? Or tooooo all-encompassing? Ever felt overwhelmed with hopelessness? Or … [Read more...]
When You Suddenly Lose Your Therapist
Several people that have been reading Discussing Dissociation have made posts and comments about how enormously painful and difficult it is to lose a therapist. There are several different ways to “lose a therapist” but for the purposes of this particular blog entry, I’d like to focus on situations where there was sudden loss. In my years of experience, I have seen a variety of circumstances that have led to … [Read more...]