The Blogger Recognition Award comes to me from My Eye Candy
I want to thank Eye Candy for nominating me for this award.
The Blogger Recognition Award is a way to say thank you to bloggers who inspire and support other bloggers.
Rule number one: Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog– Done!
Rule Number Two: Provide a link to the award creator. I don’t know who created this award.
Rule Number Three: Nominate fifteen other bloggers, (or more) excluding yourself and the person who nominated you.
The bloggers that I’ve nominated for this award inspire me by the way they interact with and support other bloggers. I can easily make a list six times as long as this.
As usual, if you have an award free blog please accept this as a gesture of my appreciation.
Rule #4 State why you started your blog.
I started my blog as an adjunct to my therapy and to help debunk the myths that surround Dissociative Identity Disorder.
For some people everything is a game and that includes the pain of other people.
I have met people who use the internet to fake DID.
DID is not a role play game. It is a real and very painful trauma symptom that kills people.
At the bottom of this post is a screen shot of the diagnostic profile in my online chart at Kaiser.
You will see that Kaiser regularly updates the diagnostic profile of its patients which is why the dates are so recent.
I am posting this screen-shot because someone is spreading the rumor that I admitted to ‘faking’ my DID.
The only reason to spread that kind of lie is to sabotage my blog and my efforts as a mental health advocate.
I trust that the people who regularly read my blog can see that I am not the kind of man who plays adolescent mind games.
I’m also posting this screen-shot because I’m sick of hearing the word ‘controversial’ used to describe DID.
How controversial can DID be when it is diagnosed by a behavioral health system that prefers to treat substance abuse disorders and in which the doctor’s cheerfully say they know nothing about the illness and show no inclination to learn.
I see an outside psychotherapist.
Kaiser covers my psychotherapy and has since it began in 2010.
For profit medicine does not spend money on illnesses that don’t exist.
I have three serious mental health problems, with DID being the most difficult to treat to resolution.
My blog began as a way for my alternates to communicate with my therapist; and as I have grown my blog has evolved.
It now serves as a way for me to discuss the everyday struggle to thrive and to have a quality of life and art that gives me pride.
One can have a mental illness and be smart and strong at the same time.
The most brutal stigma against people with mental illnesses is that somehow we are ‘mentally weak’ and that people who are illness free are ‘mentally strong’.
It takes mental strength to break through the wall of stigma that our culture has constructed to dehumanize people with mental illnesses.
I defy anyone without a mental illness to spend a month living as if you have one.
If you still think you’re so “mentally strong” after living thirty days as someone with a mental illness then go back and do it again.