Q. Who do you help?
A. Women who are now in therapy working on childhood trauma/abuse, sexual abuse, Post Traumatic Stress and Dissociative Disorders and are in need of respite during the recovery process, additional help, resources, or references for therapists skilled in working with severe trauma.
Q. What is DID?
A. Dissociative Identity Disorder, formally known as MPD, or Multiple Personality Disorder. Dissociation is caused by severe, on-going childhood trauma and abuse. Learn more here.
These drawings were made to illustrate what it is like to live with Dissociative Identity Disorder. We hope that this will help others to understand the dynamics and struggles of those who try to navigate through their complex lives. This is the first of more to come, especially if they are useful to the reader. Some stories are humorous and some are sad. If you would like to comment or ask about these illustrations, please send your response to Carla@soulrestorationministries.com.
Above all, we hope that these comics will inspire you as you peek into the world of Etal and see the strength and creativity it takes to be a survivor.
Q. Is there hope for healing?
A. Yes! When correctly diagnosed by a knowledgeable and trained therapist, it is a very treatable condition and there is great hope for recovery.
Q. Isn’t DID a rare condition?
A. No, not at all. It was thought rare up to twenty years ago. However, increased education, more excellent evaluations and experience have taught us how common DID is for those severely traumatized in childhood. But without proper diagnosis, it is commonly mistaken for other conditions. This is one reason many dissociatives have been in counseling for years before it is properly discovered, diagnosed and treated.
Q. What volunteer opportunities do you have right now?
A. Yes! We have many ways you can partner and support our mission. You may read more about these opportunities here: How You Can Help. Your on-going prayer support for our clients, the women who will come to retreat at “The Restoration House” and direction for this non-profit are greatly appreciated .
Q. Do you have a location?
A. Yes! “Restoration House”, located in the Cascade Park area of Vancouver WA. This home is now available for women needing down time, respite stay, encouragement, resources, self-care and support.
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