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What Therapists Need to Know About DID: Working With Child Parts of the Patient

It's difficult for me to listen to my kids. (My inner children, not my daughter). Most of the younger parts are in a great deal of pain. There are a few that want to play, laugh and connect with others, but most of them are suffering. Some of them cry, and it often sounds horrible. … Continue reading What Therapists Need to Know About DID: Working With Child Parts of the Patient

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Severed Ties: The Grief of Losing My Abusive Parents on the Path to Healing

The reason DID exists is so that someone can continue to live a relatively normal life in extremely difficult circumstances. I was depressed and anxious all my life, but I had parts that did well in school, made friends and dated, and played sports. For most of my childhood, until my depression worsened as a … Continue reading Severed Ties: The Grief of Losing My Abusive Parents on the Path to Healing

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Chronic Trauma and Love: A Story of Heartbreak and Hope

The love of my life died 4 years ago from a heroin overdose. When I knew her, she was a brilliant and beautiful person with a big heart. She was an amazing mom to her two daughters, and she put everything into raising them. Her boyfriend was an emotionally abusive alcoholic who used her for … Continue reading Chronic Trauma and Love: A Story of Heartbreak and Hope

Trauma, Attachment Styles, and Adult Relationships

Art by L7matrix I was fascinated by attachment theory in grad school. My favourite professor was a woman from Germany who taught Developmental Psychology and also loved talking about attachment. She liked my paper on attachment so much that she read it to the class, much to my dismay. But in hindsight I take it … Continue reading Trauma, Attachment Styles, and Adult Relationships