For First Time Visitors

If you are a first time visitor to this blog, I invite you to start from the beginning, especially if you are unfamiliar with the potential emotional impact of long-term child abuse.

Trigger caution to unhealed survivors!

Understanding the Incomprehensible

Children of incest or long-term sexual abuse grow up to be wounded adults with complicated emotional issues. Unfortunately, some symptoms are misinterpreted or often dismissed as "crazy", only serving to maintain a tormented victim status. We, as a society, have the power to change this dynamic. Each of us can make a difference.

Dec 31, 2008

The power of art therapy

I've been sharing my own collages since my integration on the Art Journey blog. I've also started a group for Adult Survivors of Abuse to display their trauma/healing art. Am always amazed at the power of seeing the much it much I feel observing another's feelings shared in that manner. If you've been on Polyvore, some people are very sophisticated at creating art. Survivor art is about expression with as few or many pictures/words needed. It doesn't take much to express a feeling in art when it might be severely uncomfortable to express in words.

I wanted to share this recent entry for my group. It's simplicity screams the emotions. The artist is the author of the blog, Augusta Speaks.

Untitled by AugustaII

Art therapy is a great resource whether with cut out pictures from magazines, your own personal photos, hand drawn, anything with which you can be creative. Beware, Polyvore can be addictive.

FYI, I've found a great support group for Child Abuse Survivors. Feel free to check it out. Lovely people.


Anonymous said...

I wanted to say thankyou for making this blog.

And I wanted to ask you-- what if they never come out? I mean, what if they're in there, but don't switch? I think I used to, I'm pretty sure I did, up to my teenage years. I don't any more, I'm always 'me'. But they're in there. Is that still DID, if I don't dissociate like that anymore?

I am not going to go to therapy, they look at me like I'm stupid and lying, and I feel too uncomfortable explaining how it is for me and that I don't 'go away' like proper DID people do when their others are around or lose time anymore, and I can't afford it anyhow. So the internet is how I am coming to understand and deal with all this.

Thanks again, I feel less alone.

- S

Grace said...

Hi S,
Two things could be going on but it's good you don't dissociate. It's possible you had healing happen so everyone is cooperating now and they don't interfere with your life.

I didn't know until 44 that I had others inside or that I had DID. If you are not bothered by nightmares and flashbacks and there is no intrusion in your life because you are multiple, then you're doing well right now.