A few years ago, I found myself on a medical leave from a stressful job. That leave turned into an extended time away as I dealt with the reality of my mental health problems — a diagnosis of a Dissociative Disorder (DDNOS – Dissociative Disorder not otherwise specified) and PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). My mental health issues are rooted in a history of chronic childhood trauma in my family or origin.
In the time since first being treated for these issues, I also came head-to-head with some other problems. I had financial issues and declared bankruptcy. I also recognized a budding issue with alcohol and decided to become sober. I write about those things — and other deeply personal struggles — in this blog, too. This blog is about my healing but it’s about more than that: it’s about my journey of recovery of my true self.
My home for the past couple of years has been a tiny log-cabin like dwelling on a gravel road in the forest. The forest and being surrounded by nature has aided my healing and I write about that here as well. In addition to lots of psychotherapy sessions, writing and all forms of creative self-expression have become important vehicles for my healing — my return to my self — and you’ll find blog posts about those things here, too.
For the time being, I plan to use a pen name and to keep some other identifying details of my life private. This is for the simple and important reason that I find that this anonymity allows me to be more honest and open in my posts.
I benefit greatly from sharing my story in this venue and from reading the stories of others in their blogs.
I am so grateful to have your company on my road back to me.
Yours in healing,