Healing, One Trigger at a Time

Photo credit: author – the last of the ice on the pond, hopefully A few years ago, I was diagnosed with a dissociative disorder — Dissociative Disorder NOS (not otherwise specified) (DDNOS).  Dissociative disorders exist along a continuum, with Dissociative Identity Disorder (formerly known as multiple personality disorder) at the most extreme end and DDNOS…

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…

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

Finding A Roadmap Away from Despair

I wanted to share this link from the “Aces too High” website.  It’s a breathtakingly beautiful write-up about the power of reading and writing when you are or have been a child suffering from trauma and neglect.  The author, Joshunda Sanders, describes books about others’ healing journeys poignantly as “roadmaps away from despair.” May we…

Seasons in Life and Recovery

For writers and “recoverers,” I’m sharing some beautiful writing by Laura McKowen about her life journey and journey of recovery from alcohol addiction.  I love that she touches on loneliness, something I can relate to very much in my own life and feel shame about, and mental health and financial crises.  The poetry she refers…

This is Why I Read

I love you.  You are held.  There is no emptiness surrounding you.  Only words and music and angels.     – Glennon Doyle Melton Glennon Doyle Melton has hit it out of the park, again.  I can’t love this woman enough.  On top of everything going on in her own life and everything else that she does,…

A Glimpse of Clarity about Homelessness

Yesterday I had a moment of grace in my process of trying to find a new home. I’ve never had to look for a place to live when I’m not working.  And middle aged.  And bankrupt.  And broke.  And besieged by flashbacks and dissociation.  And very isolated, socially.  And pretty sure the source of income…