I am happy to be nominated for this particular award.
I’ve not seen it before and think it is a wonderful idea.
Thank you to Gentle Kindness for nominating me 🙂
This award is for those who have gone through mental illness of any kind, abuse, trauma, and especially PTSD. Here are the rules:
- Thank the blogger that nominated you
- Nominate 5 – 10 bloggers to pass the award to
- Post 5 questions for your nominees to answer (you may use the same as these below)
- Inform your nominees and post a comment in their blog to let them know they’ve been nominated
Here are the questions asked of me.
- In what ways do you feel that blogging can help people with psychological trauma or mental illness?
People with mental illness are the most stigmatized people in the U.S. We cross class and color lines, just as gays do, and just as gays were expected to suffer in silent shame so are we; even as we are denied essential treatments, deprived of resources, and subjected to the death sentence of homeless pauperism.
This is unacceptable.
The only way to end it is for each of us to stand up and join forces and say we are people and we demand fair treatment and the respect that all people deserve. We demand that our treatment providers place human rights above profit.
- How has blogging helped you with your healing, or your personal journey?
My trauma expresses itself as Dissociative Identity Disorder. I do not have access to all of my memories. The goal of treatment is some form of integration which will allow me to live without the disruptions caused by trigger switches and lost time. Even if the damage is so severe that I never integrate, I have achieved a high degree of co-operation between my alternates. I’ve learned by blogging that even though my alternates are not true ‘personalities” they do have a certain degree of autonomy and as such must be treated as if they are true personalities, and honored for the pain they carry.
3. What books, movies, or YouTube channels would you recommend to someone with a similar background to you?
I have benefited from reading The Artists Way, The Haunted Self, and The DBT Workbook. The one YouTube Video that I recommend to anyone who wants to see what Dissociative Identity Disorder really looks like is this HBO Documentary from the 1990’s: Multiple Personality Disorder – Documentary .
It is an honest and fair presentation of DID and the abuse that causes it. It also shows the treatment methods to which we had access in the 1990’s but now don’t, thanks to the current vogue of treating all psychiatric illness as if they are addictions.
4. When did you start your blog and what inspired you?
I opened the blog in late 2013 with the idea of using it in tandem with my Flickr blog.
I soon realized that I had no strategies in place for managing my dissociative disorder as a blogger.
Almost as soon as I started the blog I stopped and took down the few posts I had written. The blog was dormant until October of 2013 when I discovered the blog of a former Kaiser Counselor who was blowing the whistle on Kaisers refusal to comply with Federal and State Parity Laws.
These laws mandate that all health care providers give mental health patients a full spectrum of services based on medical necessity. Our treatment options must be equal to an equivalent physical illness.
For instance, what if we took Schizophrenia as seriously as we take cancer or Alzheimer’s disease?
The law says we shouldn’t still be wondering.
I thought I was imagining the disparity that I saw and experienced at Kaiser until I read Andy Weisskoff’s blog, 90 Days to Change.
I began to use my blog to advocate for better treatment from Kaiser and figured out how to use it to advocate for better treatment for people with Mental Illness in general.
What types of blogs do you follow?
I will follow any blogger who is honest and open-minded. By open-minded I don’t mean that they have to agree with me, believe what I say or condone my “lifestyle” which is a word that I detest. —By open minded I mean respectful of the rights of other people as human beings and those things that we all share in common by virtue of our mortality.
Do you have other blogs?
I have a Flickr account that I enjoy.
I’ve Decided to stay with the questions I was asked so these are my questions. Feel free to skip any questions that you want to skip. You can fill in your own questions.
In what ways do you feel that blogging can help people with psychological trauma or mental illness?
How has blogging helped you with your healing, or your personal journey?
What books, movies, or YouTube channels would you recommend to someone with a similar background to you?
When did you start your blog and what inspired you?
What types of blogs do you follow?
These are my nominees: