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“Must we Process All Trauma to heal?”

Do we need to remember and process all traumatic memories in order to heal from dissociative identity disorder (DID)?  When it comes to the complicated disorder of DID, there frequently are more questions than there are answers, and the explanation of the above question is no less difficult.  Before I provide an answer, it is important to understand the way our emotional traumatic memories work and what it actually means to process and heal from them.

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The Appearance of Numbness Incarnate

It’s been 4 months ago today that I unexpectedly lost my mom to the monster death.  Grief seeps isolation and loneliness from my bones.  I’m not depressed.  I’m not sad.  I am numb.  Completely devoid of emotion.  Just going through the motions. I have no word to express of my own.  Feeling numb and grieving creates this void in my mind, encourages a vast emptiness that craves words, thoughts, and self-expression, and no matter how long I knock on the door of emotion, I am denied access to my feelings and words.  I am forced to borrow the sentiment of …

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