Dissociative Disorders: Maligned, Misunderstood and Misdiagnosed

Dissociative Disorders are, in general, not well understood by mental health professionals.  In fact, many mental health professionals either do not recognize dissociation when it’s occurring in people, and/or they dismiss it as unimportant or as a form of drama or malingering in people.  I know this because I worked as a mental health therapist…

About Me: Update

I believe it’s important for people to be as honest with themselves as they can be about their personal difficulties and struggles.  Only truth lights the way home; ignorance or wilful denial is a sure way to drift off course.  I also believe it’s important to share the stories of our personal struggles with each…

How to Make Friends

Having difficulty making friends is a painful truth not often talked about by adults.  For those of us impacted by childhood abuse and neglect, mistrust of others — whether or not we’re aware of it — can be a big problem.  It wasn’t until I was well into my forties that I learned I’d been…

Illustrated Guide to Grounding Yourself during Traumatic Reactions

Heidi Hanson is the author of a top-rate blog site about recovery from trauma where she often focuses on the physiological aspects of trauma and trauma treatment.  Her site is called “The Art of Trauma”  She’s just released an excellent post including an illustrated guide about how to try to ground yourself when you’re feeling…

This is what Healing Looks Like

I find SO much wisdom and inspiration in the following post from Danielle LaPorte.  “As we haul our psyche up the next peak of clarity….. we become unrecognizable while we’re reassembling our identities….. ugly terror and resentment in between our power moments….” I hope you find wisdom and inspiration in it, too.  Here is the…

They Will Never Notice How Broken You Are

A sad post to follow my optimistic post about happiness habits of earlier today.  A reminder that true happiness isn’t faked. “All it takes is a beautiful fake smile to hide an injured soul and they will never notice how broken you really are.” Words and poster courtesy of Rough Copy UK

Manifesting Happiness

In my lifetime, I’ve done some reading and researching, both for formal, academic and job-related reasons and for self-help.  Something I’ve learned is that when I start to read the same information in multiple sources, then I’m onto something that probably holds some sort of truth. I come from negativity, was raised in it, and…

On the Nights You Feel Sad….

(With thanks to butterfliesandpebbles.com for writing the words and SheRecovers.com for sharing.) This is exactly what I needed to read in this moment…..  I hope it helps someone else out there too.  Annie On the nights you feel sad, when you feel unsure and it is clear living true is one of the hardest things…

Art is the Soul’s Drive to Health

Art is a constant agent of transformation and is indeed the soul’s drive to health. Words and art: Cathy Malchiodi (With thanks to Kateleppard.com for sharing this.)

Self Expression as Revolution

I made a discovery this weekend (via the Facebook page of the venerable Lidia Yuknavitch)  that’s inspired my healing and I wanted to share that here. Her name is Tanya Tagaq and she is an Inuk throat singer, sometimes called a punk rock Inuk throat singer.  I love her!  She’s not someone I would have…

Fear is the Cheapest Room in the House

(With thanks to Sark for posting this quote today.) “Fear is the cheapest room in the house.  I would like to see you living in better conditions.” Haviz

“Self” Expression and Unlosing the Self

Illustration: bravegirlsclub.com I’m drawn to this illustration today because I’m feeling the need to express my self.  “Self” as a separate word, not “myself,” and in quotation marks to denote the critical importance of the self, to help that word, that concept be unlost. My tendency to lose touch with my self is one of…