Three Common Sleep Issues for Trauma Survivors (and an effective treatment for nightmares!)

Trauma survivors with and without DID often have sleep-related problems.  They are so common, in fact, that it leaves many providers wondering if disordered sleep should be a component of the next DSM diagnostic criteria. I will leave that to the psychiatrists.  Today’s post is about sleep behaviors that scare adults with DID, and whyContinue reading “Three Common Sleep Issues for Trauma Survivors (and an effective treatment for nightmares!)”

How to Avoid Needing Medical and Dental Care When You Have DID

Most people really don’t enjoy being ill or injured.  For the people that do find being sick a good thing, this isn’t the blog site for you.  Google “Munchausen” and good luck to you. For everyone else, being hurt or feeling sick is miserable, and one of your strongest wishes is to stay out ofContinue reading “How to Avoid Needing Medical and Dental Care When You Have DID”

Why is it so Hard to Use Many Common Stabilization Strategies in Medical and Dental Appointments?

The short answer? Because the part of your brain that goes partially “off-line” when you dissociate is the SAME PART that is supposed to remember and use the techniques your therapist taught you in session. Yup.   I know. Me too. The long(er) answer? Because you aren’t using them early enough, using more than one,Continue reading “Why is it so Hard to Use Many Common Stabilization Strategies in Medical and Dental Appointments?”

Could Getting Better Sleep Decrease Your Response to Trauma Triggers?

Well, we really don’t know for sure. What we do know is that sleep deprivation is, to put it technically, really bad for your brain. Bad in so many ways.  It negatively affects so many other organ systems as well.  But we do know that affects the brain in ways that make it easier toContinue reading “Could Getting Better Sleep Decrease Your Response to Trauma Triggers?”

Here is What You Can Request From Your Doctor To Feel Safer In Your Next Appointment

I will be speaking at the Healing Together conference next month, and one of my handouts will be a modified version of this list of suggested adaptations.  I thought I would share it here, since it could be the most helpful thing I say to the audience during my presentation. Why ask for adaptations? BecauseContinue reading “Here is What You Can Request From Your Doctor To Feel Safer In Your Next Appointment”

Can You Ask Your Healthcare Provider To Adapt Their Treatments?

The short answer is “yes”. What you request, when you request it, and how you request it are important things to consider if you want to use adaptations successfully to reduce your fear, pain, and risk of being triggered. Not every treatment can be significantly adapted.  For example, injections still need to be injected.  ThereContinue reading “Can You Ask Your Healthcare Provider To Adapt Their Treatments?”

How Eating Disorders Affect Interoception and Keep You Trapped in Trauma Responses

Current trauma theories are recognizing the role of disordered eating as misdirected attempts at self-calming intolerable emotion. I couldn’t be happier.  Seeing disordered eating as a self-calming strategy that has become additive gives trauma survivors and therapists a chance to address these issues with more compassion and effectiveness. Disordered eating harms the body, and itContinue reading “How Eating Disorders Affect Interoception and Keep You Trapped in Trauma Responses”

Is Your System Resisting Learning More About How to “Stay In The Room” at Doctor’s Appointments? This Can Help

My book, “Staying In The Room:  Managing Medical And Dental Care When You Have DID” has been available on Amazon.com since July 2021.  It is already helping some people get the care they need and deserve.   But not everybody. I have received feedback from a few people (and know this is the tip ofContinue reading “Is Your System Resisting Learning More About How to “Stay In The Room” at Doctor’s Appointments? This Can Help”

Why Doesn’t Your Therapist Know How Difficult Healthcare Appointments Are For You?

Actually, they probably do.   But perhaps not all of them do. Dr. Bethany Brand, a leading trauma researcher, did a study almost 7 years ago.  The TOP DD study looked at what dissociative patients thought about their lives and their psychotherapy treatment, and what psychotherapists treating trauma survivors with dissociative disorders thought about treatmentContinue reading “Why Doesn’t Your Therapist Know How Difficult Healthcare Appointments Are For You?”

Want to Get Better Results at Your Next Medical or Dental Appointment? Don’t Make This Mistake

No, it isn’t revealing your mental health diagnosis.  Although doing so can go either way to get better treatment. And no, it isn’t listing every illness or injury you have had in the last 5 years. When your appointment is wrapping up, please do not ask a “doorknob” question. What is that? A “doorknob” questionContinue reading “Want to Get Better Results at Your Next Medical or Dental Appointment? Don’t Make This Mistake”