Easter Weekend: Sorting through the Layers Within


Kathy Broady:

Hello everyone,
Maybe some of you are triggered by finding Easter eggs. Here is an Easter related post, but we are looking for caterpillars instead.
Do your little ones see the funny caterpillars??
Have fun when you can. :)
Warmly,
Kathy

Copyright © 2008-2014 Kathy Broady and Discussing Dissociation

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Hello Everyone,

It’s the Easter weekend — a complicated and conflictual weekend for most dissociative trauma survivors. So many layers of your inside levels will be awakened, aware, involved, wondering, waiting, going, sitting, thinking, watching, feeling, remembering, refusing, believing, fighting, crying, calling, hiding, etc. Its a time of being pulled in dozens of different directions all at once.

Lots of headaches, that’s what that means.
And lots of pain. Ouch, ouch, ouch.

So yes… I am thinking of you all, and wishing peace for you. I know it’s difficult. Really difficult.

The Easter season is typically overloaded with the triggers, external pulls, family complications, and spiritual battles. The inside battle within your system may be raging at full intensity.

As best you can, remember to sit with each other, and learn what you can about the others that you see nearby. What struggles are they having? What thoughts are in…

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Difficult Holiday Times


Kathy Broady:

For those of you with dissociative internal system people,

Remember to talk with your insiders.
They already know what happened. They were there.

They saw it, they felt it.
They can explain what’s bothering you…..

Be brave.
Listen to them……
Kathy

Copyright © 2008-2014 Kathy Broady and Discussing Dissociation

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Struggling.... With the pulls of dark, painful, foggy memories....

Struggling…. With the pulls of dark, painful, foggy memories….

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For many dissociative trauma survivors, various holidays and times of year are more difficult than other days.  Some survivors may know they typically have a difficult time at the change of seasons, or when Easter-time comes, for example, but they may not have the memories or internal information to understand why they consistently have a difficult time at that time of year.

  • Are you struggling more now that Easter is here?
  • Does Good Friday have any specific meaning for you?
  • Does Passover have specific meaning for you?
  • Do you consistently have trouble with functioning at this time of year?
  • Do you remember anything that would make this hard time make sense?

When survivors with DID/MPD are sitting on unprocessed memories and their system is separated by strong dissociative walls, the host of the system may have absolutely no awareness of…

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This is Easter Weekend


Kathy Broady:

Hello Everyone,
It’s a holiday weekend again, and I wanted you to know I was thinking of you.
Please stay safe.

Warmly,

Kathy

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Copyright © 2008-2014 Kathy Broady and Discussing Dissociation

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Happy Easter Eggs

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Hi Everyone,

This is Easter weekend.

For DID trauma survivors with a ritual abuse (RA) background, this is a very difficult weekend, full of difficult memories, painful emotions, and system conflicts.

*** I’m going to speak of some of the horrors of ritual abuse – here is your trigger warning – for those of you that need one of those. ***

With ritual abuse, anything that represented something positive in the Christian faith would have been turned into something dangerous and harmful in the dark worlds.  The good would have been twisted into evil.  The light would have been made dark.  Distortions, perversions, confusion, pain, violence, and chaos would have been celebrated.

Opposites are taught – white becomes black.  The day-world church is very distinctly different and opposite from the night-world church.

Children should never ever be exposed to the level of sadistic violence that occurs in ritualistic ceremonies. …

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What Would Your Perfect Treatment Plan Look Like?


Kathy Broady:

Hello Everyone,

I’ve been continuing to add links to the List of All Articles page, and while doing so, I came across this article written in 2010.

It has 50 wonderful comments from the readers of this blog (wow! that’s excellent!), and I decided to bring this topic back up to view.

  • What do you think?
  • Do you agree or disagree with the comments presented?
  • Do you have your own comment to add?
  • What would the perfect treatment plan look like for you?

I look forward to hearing your good ideas. and if you like what you see, please be sure to show these ideas to your therapist.

Warmly,
Kathy

Copyright © 2008-2014 Kathy Broady and Discussing Dissociation

 

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In this blog article, I’d like to hear your opinion.

It’s very clear that the mental health professionals out in the world do not agree on treatment goals for dissociative identity disorder (DID / MPD).  For that matter, the mental health professionals of the world do not even agree that dissociative identity disorder is a real and legitimate diagnosis, let alone agree on how to best work with trauma survivors with dissociative issues.

The disparity of perspectives and lack of education, training, and knowledge about dissociative disorders means that therapists take all kinds of different tactics in their approaches.  Obviously, some of these approaches are more effective than others.

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After reading the hundreds of comments on the different articles on this blog, it is very clear that many dissociative survivors are not feeling completely satisfied with their healing process.  There are various limitations and obstacles in the way…

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The Changing of the Seasons


Kathy Broady:

This article, originally written in 2010, still has important information to remember today, considering we are back to another change of season again. Can you feel or recognize any of these changes happening in your internal system this week?

Copyright © 2008-2014 Kathy Broady and Discussing Dissociation

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brrrr...... cold, cold, cold weather during Winter....

brrrr…… cold, cold, cold weather during Winter….

This weekend is another season change.

For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, it will be the first day of spring.

The first day of spring, the first day of summer, the first day of autumn, and the first day of winter are all significant and difficult days for many trauma survivors with dissociative identity disorder (DID / MPD).

What a pretty Spring garden...

What a pretty Spring garden…

Because these dates are a little obscure, and the reasons for the trouble may not be obvious, many DID survivors may not understand why they have difficulties on these dates.  I’m not going to go into great detail for why these dates are difficult, I just want to state that they often are.

Please check with your therapist, especially if you find yourself struggling this weekend.   Have you noticed any of the following symptoms:

  • Stronger, more frequent pulls…

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Article Links Made – Finally!


Kathy Broady:

Hello Everyone,

I’ve been updating the List of All Articles page here at Discussing Dissociation. I’m not completely up to date on all five years of posts, but I have most of them listed.

If you are looking for a specific topic, you might find it listed here. Or try the Category dropbox, or the Search feature.

Come check it out!

Happy Reading!!
Kathy

Copyright © 2008-2014 Kathy Broady and Discussing Dissociation

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Hello Everyone,

I have a page on this blog that lists all the articles I’ve written in chronological order since the beginning of the Discussing Dissociation blog.

Several people have asked me over the past few months to make links for each of the articles in order to make it easier to navigate around and to find the various topics.

And, while BTC tried to assist me with that long ago (thanks, BTC!), I just couldn’t quite figure it out (how embarrassing!).

The good news – today, just today – I have finally figured out how to make the links for all the articles on this blog.  Every single article is now linked on the List of All Articles page.

Please have a look at the list. Have you been able to read all of the articles yet?

  • Which articles mean the most to you?
  • Which articles are the most…

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Integration: A Requirement for DID Therapy – Or Not?


Kathy Broady:

Hello everyone,

Thank you for continuing to read here at Discussing Dissociation while I was away. That’s very much appreciated.

Let’s start up again with a complicated and somewhat controversial topic….. integration. What do you think about integration? Is it necessary or not?

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There are lots of different people with lots of different colors in a dissociative system.

There are lots of different people with lots of different colors in a dissociative system.

I am well aware that many trauma therapists are highly supportive of the treatment goal to integrate dissociativeselves.

I have a different approach to this topic.  Please understand I am not at all opposed to the idea of integration if that is what the person wants.  However, that is a very complicated topic, and I’ll discuss the integration issue from that perspective at another time.

In my experience, by far, most dissociative trauma survivors and their systems have been opposed to the idea of integration.  They like themselves as they are, and they don’t want to lose the various individual parts / people from inside.  The concept of integration feels more like killing each other off, or losing unique characters, real people, and best friends. While integration may be the favored ultimate treatment…

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