Archive for Dissociative Identity Disorder

Jennifer’s Struggle to Parent with DID

In this blog post Jennifer Roeder tells her story of not only being a single parent, but having to do this with a Dissociative Identity Disorder. DID was previously known as Multiple Personality Disorder and results from extreme early childhood abuse. The rest of us can only imagine the challenge DID would present in trying to parent a growing girl. Jennifer has the courage and the smarts to seek help in her parenting. She would like to hear from others who have similar experiences. If you have something to offer Jennifer, please comment below.  Read more

Vivian Treadwell Shares Her Story

MY LIFE  STORY: SHORT VERSION OF ABUSES AND DREAMS by Vivian Treadwell

The stories you post on your website remind me all to well of mine and my siblings childhoods, sadly, this has taken a huge toll on our family cohesion, it has taken away who we all could have been, our self esteem (if there ever was any in the first place), our joy; i had to deal with bullies at school and then come home to verbal, emotion, physical, and sexual abuses, i’m not discounting any of my siblings here.

Life has been very difficult for me to face, most of my life i hid myself away from most humans because my mind just couldn’t handle facing the possibility of any more abuse coming my way. Read more

How Writing a Book Helped Sarah Recover From Dissociative Identity Disorder

I asked Sarah Olson to be my guest blogger. Sarah, like me, has chosen to write a book in order to share with others her story of childhood trauma.

Sarah’s form of dissociation was particularly severe.

A child’s brain does whatever is necessary to survive trauma. First lines of defense are daydreaming, numbing, forgetting, going dead inside or floating out of body while looking down at “another child” being abused. When all these strategies are insufficient, the child’s brain creates “other children” to suffer the abuse. The “self” remains unaffected. All the bad stuff happens to others, known as “alters.” As new, intolerable abuses occur, more parts split off to form more alters.

Here then, is Sarah Olson’s message: Read more

Less Than One Week Until Book Launch

As we get close to the launch of my book Confessions of a Trauma Therapist, I can hardly believe what an interesting and stimulating evening it’s going to be. The universe is certainly cooperating! Imagine having Judy Steed as MC (Judy Steed published Our Little Secret about sexual abuse in Canada), Michele Landsberg telling us some of her journey as a journalist and Sylvia Fraser speaking about her history as one of the first to write about her own incest. Read more